Disability Studies Minor
People with disabilities (mental retardation, chronic mental illness, chronic physical disabilities resulting from both congenital and acquired injuries and diseases, autistic disorders, etc.) are among the most under-represented and under-served populations in the United States today.
This minor will offer students a unique opportunity to develop a richer understanding of what it means to live with a disability in the context of contemporary American society. The minor is anchored by a foundation of courses in Psychology, English and Sociology, and it also has a number of electives that allow students to see the links between disabilities and other diverse and marginalized groups (e.g., women, minorities) and to incorporate multiple perspectives (historical, political, economic, ethical).
The Disability Studies minor is open to all undergraduates and consists of an interdisciplinary program of 18-24 credits of required and elective courses.
||Introduction to Disability Studies (also available on-line)
Select three courses from these six choices
||Disability in Literature (AH)
||Psychology of Developmental Disabilities
||Sociology of Disability
||Integrative Fieldwork in Disabilities I
||Integrative Fieldwork in Disabilities II
||Disability and the Law: Legal Rights of People with Disabilities (currently offered through Continuing Education)
Choose between 2-4 elective courses to reach 18-24 credits in the minor:
||Disability Outcomes and Interventions
||Universal Design in Health Promotion
||Legal Issues in Nursing
||Community Health & Environment
||Models and Measurement of Disability
||Kinesiology (PT majors only)
||Mental Health & Criminal Justice
||Introduction to Politics and Sports
||Civil Liberties Law and Politics
||Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
||Abnormal Psychology (SS)
||Psychology and Women (SSD)
||Psychology of Language
||Introduction to Behavioral Intervention in Autism
||The Study of Minorities
||Sociology of Gender
||Sociology of Deviance (SS)
||Women, Minorities and Immigrants in the Labor Force
||Designing the Future World
||Managing Workforce Diversity
- Any of the core courses can be used as electives instead of core courses as long as the student has at least three of the core courses.
- Students cannot use more than 9 credits in Psychology courses towards the minor.
- 500-level courses only by permission of instructor.
- Directed Study, Community Service Learning, and Independent Study courses may also be considered as electives in consultation with the coordinator of the minor.
Students who seek further information are urged to consult with the Coordinator - Ashleigh Hillier, Ph.D, Health and Social Sciences Building, Room 301.