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Disability Studies

Disability Studies

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Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

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Become an advocate for accessibility and social justice. The material taught in this program is derived from people with disabilities and their lived experiences. The knowledge you gain is grounded in the real world and we enhance the theory you learn with practice. The placements and volunteer opportunities offered through this program add value to your degree.

Sample Courses: Historical Approaches to People with Disabilities, Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science, Meeting Human Needs through Social Welfare, Social Work and Diversity

Career Tracks: Disability support worker, diversity co-ordinator, behavioural aide, child and youth care worker, accessibility research and policy development advocate

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 82%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

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Become an effective advocate with this program that combined social work and disability studies. You’ll get lots of hands-on experience in the field and have the opportunity to join clubs. This is a program is where you can learn to make a difference in the world.

Sample Courses: Historical Approaches to People with Disabilities; Community Approaches, Advocacy and Empowerment; Social Justice in Action; Social Work and Diversity; Field Education

Career Tracks: Disability support worker, social worker, child and youth worker, community support worker, family service worker

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 80%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Benefit from training in both psychology and disability studies in this program that gives you lots of hands-on learning opportunities. We offer community volunteer experience and placements, giving you an edge when it comes time to launch your career. We’re here to give you the individual support you need to succeed.

Sample Courses: Social Work and Diversity, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science, Learning and Behaviour, Theories of Disability and the Social Model, Historical Approaches to People with Disabilities

Career Tracks: Disability service worker, community support worker, behavioural aide, mental health worker, child and youth worker

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada

Minimum Average: 70%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 82%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies
  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • Understanding, internalizing, communicating, and enacting best practices for making accommodations and modifications for persons with disabilities in real-world, context-sensitive situations
  • Evaluating representations of persons with disabilities in literature and media
  • Understanding psychological and social models of disability
  • Developing inclusive lectures, presentations, and programs that target diverse demographics equitably while remaining sensitive to various cultural dynamics
  • Assessing and appreciating the consequence of culturally constructed roles—and the perception of these roles—on individuals and broader social groups
  • Critically investigating trends and phenomena in socio-cultural life and business in the context of ableism


Number of Graduates (2018)


Employment Rate of Graduates

2 years following degree completion (OUGS Social Sciences, 2017)

Career Tracks*

  • Behavioural aide
  • Child and youth care worker
  • Communications specialist
  • Consultant
  • Disability support worker
  • Diversity co-ordinator
  • Educational assistant
  • Family counsellor
  • Group home worker
  • Health-care administrator
  • Human resources manager
  • Immigration officer
  • Industry instructor
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing manager
  • Personal aide
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Policy analyst
  • Professor
  • Psychologist
  • Public official
  • Public policy analyst
  • Public relations officer
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Social worker
  • Teacher

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia: Advanced disability studies research
  • Business: Research and analysis, human resources, inclusivity and sensitivity policy development
  • Community outreach and advocacy
  • Education: Advising, counselling, corporate training
  • Government: Disability and accessibility research and policy development
  • Healthcare: Administration, counselling
  • Social service and personal support work: Case management and service delivery

Apply to UWindsor

With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that’s sure to set you on a journey to a future you’ll be proud of.

How to Apply

Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of opportunities recommended for students in your program. This chart shows some of your many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.


High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.



Courses of study specific to each program



Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)



Activities falling outside the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics)