University of Texas at Arlington will help students explore both the
experiences of people with disabilities and how ideas about disability and
ability shape politics, culture, economics, and social interactions as it
launches a new disability studies minor.
More than 650 UT Arlington students on campus register as having some type of disability.
College of Liberal Arts’ Department of History developed the interdisciplinary
program to meet the interest among students preparing for a variety of graduate
programs and for careers in law, education, public health, nursing,
architecture, urban planning and social work.
have more than 650 students on campus who are registered with the Office for Students
with Disabilities as having some type of disability. Hundreds of others don’t even need to register
because the campus is so accessible,” said Sarah Rose, director of the Minor in
Disability Studies Program and assistant professor of history. “Disability is a
form of diversity that people in our culture don’t always know how to address
or understand, yet, almost everyone knows someone with a disability or has a
relative with a disability.“
to the U.S. Census Bureau, 15 to 20 percent of the people in the U.S. have some
type of disability, making them one of the largest minorities in the country.
people with disabilities are such a large group, nearly everyone knows someone
with a disability or has a relative with a disability,” Rose said.
Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said the new minor speaks to the
University’s long-standing commitment to serving people with disabilities
through education and services.
“We are proud that the College of Liberal Arts and The University of Texas at Arlington are in the forefront of research and education, which will make a difference to the lives of millions of Americans," Wright said. "Through rigorous coursework in the humanities and social sciences, we are helping to prepare the next generation of practitioners and policy makers and affect architectural design, business and social work practice, the design of prosthetics, and many other areas."
minor will require 18 semester hours of courses from the Colleges of Liberal
Arts, Business, Education and Health Professions, the School of Architecture
and Social Work.
of the core and elective courses for 2013-2014 include: Art & Disability, Design
Thinking Innovations Practice, History of Madness and Mental Illness, Gender
& Disability, Adapted Physical Education and Sport, Medical Anthropology,
Diversity in Organizations, and History of Disability.
Arlington will be the second degree-granting program in the region and the only
one in Texas to offer a disability studies degree.
said part of the UT Arlington’s curriculum will give students opportunities to
intern with the Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team, disability rights
organizations, and the online Disability History Museum, www.disabilitymuseum.org.
is going to be a wonderful addition to the University and add many layers of
diversity studies to what we already provide on campus,” Rose said.
more information about the disability studies minor at UT Arlington, visit
www.uta.edu/history/disabilitystudies/ or contact Dr. Sarah Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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