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Human Services Disability Studies

This concentration (49 credits) provides a comprehensive background of issues relevant to persons with disabilities throughout the life span. In addition, the Disability Studies curriculum is constructed to address policy issues which impact persons with disabilities. The BHS-DS concentration embraces the philosophy of the Disability Rights Movement that focuses on self-determination, civil rights, and culture.

The field of disability studies is relatively new and is an outgrowth of civil rights for persons with disabilities that led to the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. Disability Studies embraces similar philosophies of Women's Studies, African American Studies, as well as ethnic and GLBT programs. Disability Studies represents a focus on empowerment, self-determination, and independence.

The disability studies concentration courses are currently offered online.

Declaring Your Major

To declare your major, you must submit a College of Health, Community and Professional Services Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before submitting declaration form or enrolling in courses toward the major.


Required Core Courses (20 credits)

Practicum (5 credits)

Experiential learning experience is an essential component of the human services degree program. Thus, every student is required to complete a practicum experience.

Human Services Degree Requirements

The degree programs consist of a minimum of 120 credits with at least 48 credits in human services, of which 40 credits must be upper division Metropolitan State University course work or competency demonstration. The degree programs have the following components:

  • General education and liberal studies (including general psychology and introduction to sociology as prerequisites before or as you begin your major program coursework)
  • A background check
  • Required human services core courses (20 credits)
  • Other required human services coursework, depending upon the concentration
  • A practicum in human services organization(s)
  • Minor program courses (if desired); and
  • Other electives

Human Services Disability Studies Requirements Currently Offered Online (24 credits)

In addition to the prerequisites, core courses and practicum, this concentration requires the following.

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