Disability Studies Minor
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.
Required (20 Total Credits)
Required Core Courses (20 credits)
Choose any five courses from the following. All courses are four credits and are all online. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses.
- HSDS 304 Introduction to Disabilities
- HSDS 305 Disability Rights: History and Current Trends
- HSDS 306 Community Resources and Services for Persons with Disabilities
- HSDS 307 Blind, Deaf Blind, and Deaf Culture, History and Resources
- HSDS 308 Aging and Disabilities
- HSDS 400 Current Issues and Special Topics in Disability Studies
- HSER 303 Disability Awareness
- HSER 309 Violence and Disability
- HSTD 395 Disability and Career Development