Disability Studies

About Us

Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores the place of disabled people within society. Rather than approaching disability as a problem to be fixed, our students examine the social, environmental, and political contexts that shape the lives and opportunities of disabled people. The strength of our program is its ability to bridge theory and practice.

Related Fields

Our emphasis on access, human rights, and justice prepares you for careers in which you can work to empower disabled people.

Our certificate and minor options are for those pursuing professional degrees in the following areas:

  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Special Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • English
  • And more!

Careers in Disability Studies

Our curriculum prepares students for a wide variety of occupational possibilities:

Developmental Disabilities Case Manager

Director of Disability Services


Direct Support Professional

Special Education Teacher

Why Study at Eastern?

We are committed to excellence and student success.

Affordable Education

You don't have to sacrifice quality to get an education you can afford.

Work to Empower People with Disabilities

Get the chance to understand disability as a characteristic in the diverse tapestry of society.

Excellent Job Opportunities

Our graduates have a great record of finding employment soon after graduation.

What You Will Study

  • The perceptions and beliefs about disability throughout history and in contemporary society
  • Disability culture and the contributions of people with disabilities in society
  • Laws and policies that influence the lives of people with disabilities
  • Societal representations of defining disability including the moral, medical, and social models
  • Principles of universal access to disability and their application to other diverse societal characteristics
The strength of our program is its ability to bridge theory and practice.

Contact Us

Ryan Parrey, PhD

Photo of Ryan Parrey, PhD
Senior Hall 208

Kelly Munger, PhD

Quarterly Faculty
Senior Hall 323