Applied Disability Studies

The Applied Disability Studies program encourages students to not only consider the history of disability but also how to apply the emerging multidisciplinary field of inquiry to the government, business and non-profit sectors.

Why Study This Program?

A degree in Applied Disability Studies will prepare you to take leadership roles in the disability field in the government, business and non-profit sectors. This multidisciplinary field of inquiry draws on the experiences and perspectives of people with disabilities to address discrimination. 

Millersville University's passionate faculty members will teach you to critically examine the dynamic interplays between disability and various aspects of culture and society, including social services and government policy. Applied Disability Studies unites critical inquiry and political advocacy through the interdisciplinary study of the humanities, social sciences and arts. 

Applied Disability Studies is a concentration within the Multidisciplinary Studies program, and graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).

What Will You Learn?

The Applied Disability Studies program combines courses in educational foundations with courses in social sciences and prepares students to work in the rapidly expanding area of disability studies, education support and advocacy organizations.

You will split your studies between the major's two core programs: Practicing within Social Institutions and Disability Rights, History & Social Policy. Practicing within Social Institutions classes explore modern education, special education concepts and secondary programming. Disability Rights, History & Social Policy classes encourage you to consider diversity, mental health, family violence and the history of social work.

Your study will conclude with individualized real-world experiences through research, internships or practicums to prepare you specifically for relevant careers in our modern world.