Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores social, political, cultural, and economic factors that shape disability; considers the ways disability is understood and constructed across different historical moments, cultures, and nations; examines the intersectional relationships amongst disability, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality; and foregrounds the experiences and perspectives of disabled activists, scholars, artists, and thinkers. To declare a disability studies minor contact our advisor!

Jen Wozab

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Minor Requirements

The Disability Studies minor provides an interdisciplinary learning experience about key disability issues including accessibility, design, inclusion, assistive technologies, political and social history, cultural diversity, civil rights, social justice, and bio-ethics. while also attuning them to varied ways of thinking, communicating, and moving through the world.

  • Students must complete 18 credit hours from three different departments for the minor.
  • Only 2 courses may be lower-division (1000-2000).
  • No more than 2 electives can be from the same subject area.
  • All courses that fulfill minor requirements must be complete with a C- or better.
  • All courses that fulfill minor requirements must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Disability Studies Minor (18 CREDITS)

Required Courses

Complete Two Courses

6 credits

Electives

Complete Three Courses

12 credits

Complete 12 credit(s) from at least 2 of the 3 focus areas below. No more than 2 courses may be from the same subject area.

Culture Studies:

  • ASL 1010: Beginning American Sign Language I (4)
  • ASL 1020: Beginning American Sign Language II (4)
  • ASL 2010: Intermediate American Sign Language I (4)
  • ASL 2020: Intermediate American Sign Language II (4)
  • CSD 4150: Communication Disorders in the Media (3)
  • DISAB/GNDR 5420: Race, Disability, and Illness (3)
  • GERON 3005: Diversity and Aging (3)
  • SP ED 2010: Human Exceptionality (3)
  • SP ED 5010: Human Exceptionality (3)
  • WRTG 4905: Discourse of Health & Medicine (3)
  • WRTG 5905: Not So Normal: Rhetorics of Dis/ability (3)

Policy:

  • FCS 5430: Families, Consumers, and Health (3)
  • GERON 3001: Experiences of Aging: Challenges and Promise (3)
  • GERON 5001: Introduction to Aging (3)
  • SP ED 3020: Special Education Globalization and International Perspectives (3) (IR)
  • SP ED 5040: Legal & Policy Foundations of Special Education (3)

Practice:

  • CSD 4100: Understanding Children with Autism and their Families (3)
  • GERON 3220: Caregiving and Aging Families (3)
  • OC TH 3000: Introduction to Occupational Therapy (3)
  • PRT 3310: Leisure Behavior and Human Diversity (3) (DV)
  • SP ED 2011: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms (3)
  • SP ED 5011: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms (3)
  • SP ED 2012: Teaching Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Secondary Classrooms (3)
  • SP ED 5012: Teaching Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Secondary Classrooms (3)
  • SP ED 5030: Functional Communication and Language Development (3)
  • FCS 5962: Autism Across the Spectrum (3)

Allied Electives:

Allied Electives are courses taught by specific instructors and must be approved to count as an elective course. An Allied Elective course will include at least one week of disability-focused content and a significant disability-focused paper or project. If interested in taking an Allied Elective, student must submit the paper or project to the Disability Studies director for approval. For a list of courses, meet with our academic advisor or visit our website.

  • COMM 5490: Communication & Social Justice (3)
    • When taught by Marouf Hasian; fulfills course in Culture Focus Area
  • FCS 5450: Nonprofit Community Organizations (3)
    • fulfills course in Policy Focus Area
  • HIST 4095: Governing Bodies (3) (HF)
    • When taught by Nadja Durbach; fulfills course in Culture Focus Area
  • POLS/GNDR 5140: Feminist Political Theory (3) (DV)
    • When taught by Ella Myers; fulfills course in Culture Focus Area

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Graduate Certificate

There is currently no Graduate Certificate for Disability Studies; however, we hope to activate this certificate in the near future. Please participate in a short survey if you would be interested in taking the certificate. There is, however, a graduate section of one of the two required courses for the disability studies undergraduate minor. Interested graduate students may enroll in GNDR 6880/DISAB 6880 Bad Bodies: Gender and Disability when offered.

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