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.