Disability Studies

Disability Studies Minor
This minor includes courses on disability culture, activism, and history. It asks the following questions: what counts as “normal” and why? What are the racialized and class dimensions of “ability?” How do people with disabilities navigate a largely inaccessible world? What does disability look like on a global scale? What are the lived experiences of disability, and how are they central to American history and culture? How is disability coded by gender or sexuality? What is the value of learning about the lives and contributions of people with disabilities? How is disability related to environmental studies, bioethics, animal studies?
Degree Types: Minor

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You are interested in the engineering or architecture of built environments, health care professions, art and performance, social history, social justice activism, the political philosophy of citizenship, contemporary literature, legal studies, community advocacy, universal design. The list is endless, since Disability Studies is a genuinely multidisciplinary field. All students are welcome.


  • Introduction to Disability Studies in the Humanities
  • Deaf Culture
  • Inclusive Leisure Services
  • American Sign Language
  • History of Madness, Mental Illness, and Psychiatry

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