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Disability Studies Minor

Disability studies is an interdisciplinary minor within the Behavioral Sciences Department offering a liberal arts approach to the study of disability. The undergraduate Disability Studies Minor provides students with knowledge of the historical, social, aesthetic, literary, legal, educational, philosophical, biological and political framing of disability. Students develop a strong interdisciplinary foundation, with emphasis on cultural constructions of human ability and the intersections of disability, race, gender, sex, age, class and other markers of diversity and difference.

Students select from a variety of courses concerned with matters of perceived and measured human ability and capacity. The student is required to take a core set of courses supplemented by a choice from a list of disability-related courses.

The minor is open to any student in good academic standing in the University. There are no lower division prerequisites.

Program Curriculum Requirements

The Minor in Disability Studies requires a minimum of 18 semester hours which include the two courses described below:

IDIS 1002 Introduction to Disability Studies 3 cr.
IDIS 3000 Integrative Seminar in Disability Studies 3 cr.


Note: some courses listed require prerequisites.

Cluster A

Choose a minimum of two courses from the list below:

BIOL 3700 Bioethics 3 cr.
COMM 4200 Human Communication 3 cr.
ENGL 2300 Literature and Disability 3 cr.
EXSS 3600 Exercise Response & Adaptations in Special Populations 3 cr.
PHIL 2500 Contemporary Ethical Problems 3 cr.
POLS 3000 Public Policy Analysis: Case Studies in American Politics 3 cr.
SPED 2210 Understanding Diversity and Disability 3 cr.
SPED 2950 Students with Emotional and Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 cr.

Cluster B

Choose a minimum of two courses from the list below:

HMSV 1100 Introduction to Human Services 3 cr.
HMSV 3300 Building Community Supports for Persons with Disabilities 3 cr.
PSY 2350 Abnormal Psychology 3 cr.
PSY 2370 Interpersonal Effectiveness 3 cr.
PSY 2450 Psychological Testing 3 cr.
PSY 2665 Health Psychology 3 cr.
PSY 2700 Educational Psychology 3 cr.
PSY 2840 Developmental Psychopathology 3 cr.
SOC 2007 Sociology of Disability 3 cr.
SOC 2300 Sociology of Aging 3 cr.
SOC 2700 Social Problems 3 cr.
SOC 2720 Medical Sociology 3 cr.
SOC 3500 Law and Society 3 cr.