Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2019-21
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Lili Wang, Chair
Date of First Reading: October 29, 2018
Date of Second Reading: November 26, 2018
Title of Motion: Request from the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences – School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies - for the establishment of an undergraduate degree – BA in Disability Studies
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The BA in Disability Studies explores cultural, linguistic, social, artistic, and legal dimensions of disability with the goal of improving the conditions of people whose lives are touched by disabilities. Increasing numbers of persons with disabilities coupled with emerging disciplines focused on social justice allow a new model for disability studies - with an emphasis on empowerment, rather than a deficit that needs to be fixed. The degree combines theory and practice to prepare students to address injustices, exclusions, and misapprehensions regarding disabilities through (self) advocacy, education, knowledge of the law, and historical awareness. It leads to careers in business, policy and advocacy, social work, education, government, community and non-governmental organizations.