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Sociology of Disability Services, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Indiana, PA, United States
We offer a bachelor degree in Sociology of Disability Services at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Some people live with disabilities from an early age, while others face the challenge of dealing with a disability for the first time when they become elderly.  
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As a Sociology major pursuing the Sociology of Disability Services track at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll specialize in understanding the needs of people with disabilities and the ways society can help them meet those challenges.

Among the classes you’ll take are Introduction to Exceptional Persons, Family Perspectives on Disability, Principles of Sociology, Sociological Theory, Social and Cultural Aspects of Health and Medicine, Sociology of Aging, Disability and Society, and Clinical Sociological Practice.  An internship is required.

Students in this track are encouraged to add a second major in Disability Services (through the Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services) or a minor in Child and Family Studies, Education of Exceptional Persons, or Psychology.  The Disability Services major includes courses on educating those with learning disabilities, emotional disorders, and physical disabilities. It also includes a course on American Sign Language.

What You’ll Become

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology following the Sociology of Disability Services track prepares you to work with disability issues in a variety of career settings including human services agencies, government offices, medical care facilities, and community organizations.
  • Graduates can find jobs working in programs for mental health and individuals with intellectual disability, community-based residential/employment/training programs, early intervention programs, residential treatment programs, and aging programs. Also, companies may hire specialists to help them comply with disability laws. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Professors Mentor You, Explore Groundbreaking Research

  • Our professors are drawn to IUP in part because the Sociology Department includes advanced studies, which attracts the best students, like you.
  • Excellent mentoring goes beyond classroom requirements. Your professors have the experience to guide you to your highest professional goals.
  • Faculty members take great care in exploring and analyzing what is most appropriate for your undergraduate studies.
  • Your interaction with master’s and doctoral students expands your grasp of what is available to you as you plan for a career based on sociology. This interaction often occurs outside the classroom since our full-time professors teach all classes.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • $25 Application Fee
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • International Student Financial Statement
  • Official Transcripts
  • Passport Copy

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11936 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15832 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7916 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10950 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5475 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Indiana

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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