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Sociology, Disability Services Track (B.A.)

B.A., Sociology,
Disability Services Track

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What You’ll Do

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.  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 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 mental health/mental retardation programs, 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. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for rehabilitation counselors are expected to increase by 23 percent during the decade ending in 2016. The report adds that employment of social workers is expected to increase by 22 percent from 2006 to 2016, and job growth for mental health and substance abuse social workers may reach 30 percent.

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Special Features

  • A Sociology honors program is available.
  • The IUP Department of Sociology hosts the Theta chapter of the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honors Society.
  • At the graduate level, IUP’s Department of Sociology offers a master’s degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies.
  • The Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI) is a consortium of academic and professional experts in the field of alcohol abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, and related mental health issues.  MARTI, based at IUP, was formed in 1988 as a partnership between IUP and Gateway Rehabilitation Center of Greater Pittsburgh.