The Minor in Disability Studies consists of taking 18 hours of classes:
• Two required core courses: HIST 3307 (History of Disability) & DS 4395 (Disability Studies Internship).
If you are interested in obtaining a Disability Studies Minor:
1) Complete the Minor Approval Form and have it signed by the department advisor of your major.
2) Schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Sarah Rose, the director of the minor. She will add the minor to your career plan.
Please contact minor director Dr. Sarah Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Q: Why should I get a Minor in Disability Studies?
A: Great question! If you care about disability issues, the minor gives you a practical way of pursuing that interest. The minor will help you connect to other students and faculty who share your interests.
At the same time, the knowledge and skills that you gain as a Disability Studies minor will help to prepare you for a variety of different career paths including education, architecture, law, working in the non-profit sector, public health, nursing, urban planning, public policy, and social work, or in creative fields such as film and writing.
Taking courses in disability studies can also be helpful if you plan to pursue graduate work in liberal arts fields such as History, Anthropology, English, Sociology, Modern Languages, Political Science, Philosophy, and Art History.
Please contact director Dr. Sarah Rose if you have any questions.
Q: Will a disability studies course count for my major and my minor simultaneously?
A: Yes and no. If you take a DS course that is offered by your major department, it may satisfy a requirement for your major, at the same time that it counts towards your DS minor. However, you must still take 18 hours of courses – in addition to the hours required by your major – to receive a minor. So, you may get dual credit but the hours only count once.
Q: Can a class I took at another institution count towards the DS minor?
A: It depends on whether the class is comparable to those offered at UTA. You may submit a request to the Disability Studies minor director, including a copy of the syllabus or some other record of the course content, to be considered. Only 3000-level and above courses are eligible.
Q: Does my major allow me to get a minor?
A: It depends. Some major departments at UTA do not allow their students to get minors, while others require them. You should speak to your major advisor to make sure you are eligible for the DS minor.
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