Undergraduate Certificate in Disability Studies

Disability Studies

For undergraduate students wishing to develop understanding of the interdisciplinary field of disability studies

We offer a undergraduate certificate of specialization. Completion of the certificate provides evidence of specialized study, which can be beneficial for enhancing future career options and interests. The certificate is useful for students planning careers in the private sector and educational institutions, including social work, graduate and professional schools, community action organizations, and social services.

General Requirements

  • Minimum requirement for completion: four courses, for a total of twelve credits.
  • A minimum grade of 3.3 is required for each course applied toward the certificate.
  • Independent studies may not be used to earn this certificate.
  • Students should apply for the certificate in Disability Studies by completing the online WEST Certificate Declaration form.
  • In order to complete the certificate in Disability Studies please use the online WEST Certificate Completion form. Students are required to submit a transcript and attach a 3-5 page, self-reflective statement, evaluating her/his perceptions regarding the knowledge gained in the concentration and implications of future scholarly and professional work.  A certificate confirming the student's completion of the certificate will be emailed to recipients following and audit by the coordinator.


  • SOC 4230 Foundations of Disability Studies
  • Three of the courses options below (9 course credits)


Course Options

  • SPED 3000 Disability Studies in Education
  • COUN 3200 Professional Orientation and Case Management in Rehabilitation
  • WEST 3400 Contemporary Theory in WEST
  • SOC 4010 Sociology of Military, disability and Trauma
  • SOC 4010 Disability and Impairment
  • SPED 4020/WEST 4020 Significant Support Needs
  • WEST 4030 Bodies, Genders & Sexualities
  • COUN 4100 Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • SOC 4120 Body, Culture and Power
  • SOC 4240 Sociology of Dis/Ability
  • SOC 4650 Sociology of Mental Illness

Additional disability studies related special-topic courses may be offered that can be counted toward the graduate certificate. These courses must be approved in advance by the certificate coordinator.


Dr. Heather Albanesi
Certificate Coordinator



For Further Information

Dr. Heather Albanesi
Certificate Coordinator


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