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Disabilities Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Aurora, IL, United States
This major prepares students for careers in agencies working with people with disabilities, including both adults and children. Agencies for people with disabilities provide a variety of services, including education, advocacy, case management, job training and support, residential services, and social/leisure services. 
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The major is designed for students interested in working with individuals with disabilities outside of the public school setting. Because the major is interdisciplinary,you will benefit from relevant courses in related disciplines within the university in addition to special education, including options in psychology, social work, sociology and criminal justice. The orientation of this major strongly favors a goal of inclusive practices for all people with disabilities; therefore, it is not merely a mechanism to relate research-based practices but also to promote self-advocacy for social justice and integration in all aspects of life for people with disabilities.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program, introductory courses are needed in more than one major area. Additionally, an internship is required because it will help the candidate apply and provide a forum for discussion of the theoretical principles encountered in earlier coursework. A minimum of 40 semester hours comprises the major.

At AU, we do more than prepare students for careers in agencies working with people with disabilities. We help you understand the factors and psychologies involved in working with different populations.

And we go beyond books and theory. We offer opportunities for field experiences and professional internships that provide a forum to test and discuss the principles you learn in your coursework. And, we help you gain practical experience to prepare you for life after graduation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Issues in Criminal Justice 
  • Lifespan Development 
  • Adult Development and Aging 
  • Diversity Studies for Teaching ELLs and Students with Disabilities 
  • Race, Ethnicity and Power 

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

  • We consider students for regular freshman admission who have graduated from an accredited high school (in a college preparatory curriculum) or have earned a GED credential. We review students' completed admission files on an individual basis.
  • Complete the free online application for admission.
  •  Submit your official high school transcripts and record of all previous college work to the Office of Admission and Financial Aid. 
  •  Submit your official ACT or SAT scores. (ACT College Code = 0950; SAT College Code = 1027)
  • ·Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11630 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    23260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11630 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Aurora

  • 1120 - 1440 USD/month
    Living Costs

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