Disability Studies Minor

Disability Studies (DS) is an interdisciplinary field of study that examines the meaning, nature, and consequences of disability, as a social, cultural and political construct. In contrast to educational, clinical, medical, or therapeutic perspectives on disability, DS focuses on how disability is defined and represented in society.

Through the interdisciplinary lens the field of Disability Studies shifts the conversation and helps to understand the nuances of disability that are often not considered within the applied professions (Ferguson & Nusbaum, 2012). Thus, the Disability Studies minor provides an opportunity for an in-depth exploration of the field of disability studies to better prepare students to work with and advocate for vulnerable groups (i.e., individuals with differences) within the context of various majors (e.g., psychology, social work, health sciences, criminal justice, special education).

Program Requirements

Students must declare the minor by completing the Minor Declaration form and submit it to the Center for Academic Advising (CC 242) and meet with the Disability Studies Minor Coordinator and/or their preceptor to discuss course selection and progress.

The Disability Studies minor consists of five courses (20 Credits). The students will complete:

The students will select a course from the following list:

  • GAH 2356 Disability Rights and History
  • GAH 2281 Introduction to Disability Studies and Theory
  • GSS 1062 Disabilities and Dignity

The students will select 3 courses from the following list:

  • ANTH 2410 Stigma; L. Greene
  • ANTH 3325 Imagining the Body
  • EDUC 2241 Education of Children with Special Needs; EDUC staff
  • GAH 1037 Philosophy of the Other; A Pomeroy
  • GIS 4670 Pestilence and Plague; R. Trauma
  • GAH 2336 Eugenics; L. Fecteau
  • GAH 3616 Memoirs of Mental Illness; Ferri
  • GNM 2201 Health and Healing; Enriquez
  • GAH 2162 Medicine, Ethics and the Arts; R. Jackson
  • HLTH 2210 Sign Language I (formerly CMDS 2210); S. Christodoulou
  • PUBH 3225 Health Insurance; R. Caplan
  • ECON 2104 Health Care Economics; R. Caplan
  • GSS 2256 Exploring the Dying Process; P. Ayers
  • GSS 1065 Disability and Sports; K. Sowers
  • GSS 3612 Culture and Mental Health; Z. Kalibatseva
  • GNM 2312 Scientists & Disability; E. Podlesny
  • GIS 4605 Disability Advocacy and Policy (Fall Semester)
  • GIS 3686 Disability Rights Around the World (Spring Semester)

As a requirement for Disability Studies Minor students must complete an E-Portfolio. The E-Portfolio will include signature assignments from all the disability-related courses.

•  Complete Exit Survey

•  Receive C or better in all courses related to Disability Minor

Additional Information

If you have any questions about the minor, then please contact coordinators:

Priti Haria
Office: H 202a
Tel#: 609-652-4990

Lydia Fecteau