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Disability Studies (A.A.)

Disability Studies (Cert.)

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Disability Studies (A.A.)– The Disability Studies (A.A.) explores disability from historical, cultural, philosophical, psychological and socio-political perspectives and from multiple disciplinary -and interdisciplinary- angles. Job opportunities may be found in developmental or physical disability service agencies, independent living centers, mental health centers, schools, geriatric and vocational rehabilitation agencies. It may also lead to employment in organizations promoting disability rights, advocacy and activism. Graduates are prepared to work effectively with individuals with many different disabilities, disorders, or conditions. Credits earned may be applied toward a B.A. in Disability Studies, Psychology or related fields.

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Disability Studies
A.A. Program
Hegis Code: 5501

Total Credits 64-66

First Semester Credits
Communication Arts Elective:
COM 101 Oral Communication,
COM 103 Public Speaking, or
COM 201 Persuasive Speaking
3
ENG 101 Composition I 3
Mathematics Elective 3

Natural Science Directed Elective: 
AHS 131 Anatomy and Physiology I and
AHS 132 Anatomy and Physiology II
or
BIO 101 General Biology I and
BIO 102 General Biology II

4
PSY 203 General Psychology 3
Total Semester Credits 16
   
Second Semester Credits
Developmental Psychology Elective:
EDU 104 Infants and Toddlers,
PSY 212 Adolescent Psychology,
PSY 213 Child Development, or
PSY 216 Life Span Development
3
EDU 105 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3
ENG 102 Composition II 3
Natural Science Directed Elective:
AHS 131 Anatomy and Physiology I and
AHS 132 Anatomy and Physiology II
or
BIO 101 General Biology I and
BIO 102 General Biology II
4
Mathematics or Computer Science Elective 3
Physical Education Elective 1
Total Semester Credits 17
   
Third Semester Credits
EDU 101 Applied Behavior Analysis I: Field Experience I 4
Fine and Performing Arts Elective 3
History Restricted Elective one course from either History or Literature elective must fulfill the Western Heritage (WESH) or Global Awareness and Non-Western Cultures (GLNW) category 3
Literature Restricted Elective one course from either History or Literature elective must fulfill the Western Heritage (WESH) or Global Awareness and Non-Western Cultures (GLNW) category 3
Physical Education Elective 1
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Semester Credits 17
   
Fourth Semester Credits 
Communications or Foreign/ASL Language Elective 3
Directed Elective:
ASL 153 American Sign Language II,
ASL 226 Communication and Culture in the Deaf Community,
EDU 102 Applied Behavior Analysis: Field Experience II: Practicum,
HED 201 Personal and Family Health,
HED 271 Alcoholism, Addictions and Abusive Behavior,
HED 293 Community Health,
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology,
PSY 235 Psychology of the Exceptional Child, or
SPS 201 Perspectives on People with Disabilities
2-4
PHI 110 Biomedical Ethics 3
Pluralism and Diversity Directed Elective:
ANT 204 Cultural Anthropology,
SOC 216 Aging, Society and Culture, or
SOC 222 Sociology of Gender
3
Directed Elective:
ASL 153 American Sign Language II,
ASL 226 Communication and Culture in the Deaf Community,
EDU 102 Applied Behavior Analysis: Field Experience II: Practicum,
HED 201 Personal and Family Health,
HED 293 Community Health,
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology,
PSY 220 Brain & Behavior,
PSY 235 Psychology of the Exceptional Child, or
SPS 201 Perspectives on People with Disabilities
3
Total Semester Credits 14-16