The Disability Studies Minor provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the disability movement, current issues relevant to disabilities and an in-depth exploration of resources and trends. In addition, the Disability Studies Minor is designed to address and analyze policies and societal barriers that impact people with disabilities. The Disability Studies Minor embraces the philosophy of the Disability Rights Movement that focuses on self-determination, civil rights, and culture.
The field of disability studies is relatively new and is an outgrowth of civil rights for people with disabilities that led to the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. Disability Studies represents a focus on empowerment, self-determination, and independence.
Subject Area Competence
Students choosing the Minor in Disability Studies will be expected to demonstrate competence through 20 credits as identified in the DS Minor. Five four-credit courses are required and to be selected from the list below. All courses are online. The Disability Studies Minor can be taken by students in any program of study. Students in the Human Services, Individualized Studies, Corrections, Health Sciences and Business have found the Minor to enhance their fields of study.
Declare Your Program
Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.