Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 University Bulletin 
2022-2023 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Disability Advocacy - B.P.S.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies in Disability Advocacy trains practitioners to identify and work to eliminate obstacles facing people with disabilities. Students will study disability as both a biological and social construct, with a particular focus on the legal and social service support systems that support, and often fail to support, people with disabilities in the United States. Consistent with Dominican University’s longstanding commitment to social justice, students are required to complete a course in professional ethics on top of at least one ethics unit in each class. Courses are conveniently offered in the evening at Triton College or online in an accelerated 8-week format.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work on behalf of individuals with disabilities in legal, educational or social services settings. Job opportunities for program graduates include developmental disabilities case manager, ADA compliance specialist and rehabilitation counselor. In addition, the rigorous coursework will prepare students for graduate or professional school.

  • Each academic year consists of six 8-week sessions
  • Most classes are offered in an 8-week format
  • Transfer credit of up to 68 semester credit hours from a community colleges or up to 90 credit hours from a combination of community colleges and 4-year colleges or universities may be granted

Major Requirements

In addition to satisfying the proficiency and general education requirements for the Bachelor of Professional Studies, students must complete 42 credits in the major and related areas. 

Accelerated Degree Option

Bachelor of Professional Studies/ Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution

High achieving undergraduates can apply for the Bachelor of Professional Studies/ Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution accelerated degree option. Students admitted to this option can enroll in MCR courses before completing the baccalaureate degree and have up to 9 MCR credit hours apply to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Additional information is available through the College of Applied Social Sciences advising office.