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Disability Studies Minor Description

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The Disability Studies undergraduate minor is designed for students with special interests in the social systems, environmental factors, cultural history, and contemporary approaches to disability. In addition to the requirements of the student's major department, the minor consists of 18 credits selected from several colleges and departments. For those majoring in disability-driven disciplines (e.g. nursing, speech and communication disorders, psychology, special education, counselor education, rehabilitation services, health administration), a Disability Studies minor provides relevant interdisciplinary links that broaden the understanding of disability beyond the clinical or administrative realm. For students in the humanities (e.g. history, philosophy, political science, literature, religious studies), Disability Studies offers important new dimensions and challenges to traditional accounts of human value and political agency. For students with personal experience of disability, the minor provides an academic grounding and community for disability advocacy on personal, community, and national levels. Students will take two new introductory courses as well as a three-credit capstone experience in the form of independent research or a LA-administered internship.




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Undergraduate advisor:

Professor Janet Lyon

Dept. of English




Required courses (3):

  • RHS 100: Introduction to Disability Studies: Culture and Disability
  • STS 202 Introduction to Disability Studies: Perspectives in the Humanities [GH]
  • STS 494 or LA 495: Capstone experience


Elective courses (3):

At least nine credits, from a the following list of courses (relevant courses may be substituted at the discretion of the STS undergraduate adviser):

  • STS 200 Critical STS Issues
  • STS 432 Medical and Health Ethics
  • STS/HIST 123 History of Science II
  • STS/HIST 124 History of Western Medicine
  • HIST 103 History of Madness, Mental Illness, and Psychiatry
  • RLST 131 Introduction to Bioethics
  • REHAB 408 Introduction to Vocational Rehabilitation
  • REHAB 409 Medical Aspects of Disability
  • BBH 301 Values and Ethics in Human Development Professions
  • BBH 302 Diversity and Health
  • HDFS 249 Adult Development and Aging
  • HDFS 434 Social Gerontology
  • HDFS 446 Programs and Services in Gerontology
  • CSD 269 Deafness and Society
  • CSD 300 Developmental Considerations in the Assessment and Treatment of Language Disorders
  • CSD 451 * An Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • CSD 462 * Clinical Bases of Language Disorders
  • SPLED 400 * Teaching Exceptional Children in General Education Settings
  • SPLED 404 * Working with Families and Professionals in Special Education
  • SPLED 425 * Orientation to Human Variation and Special Education Services
  • PSY 478 * Clinical Neuropsychology
  • OT 202 Occupational Therapy for Developmental Disabilites
  • OT 204 Occupational Therapy for Psychosocial Dysfunctions
  • OT 206 Occupational Therapy for Physical Disabilities
  • PHIL 497 Special Topics (when relevant)
  • ENGL Special Topics (when relevant) 
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