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The interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies explores the experiences of people with disabilities—one of the largest minorities in the United States and worldwide—as well as the ways in which conceptions and representations of disability and “the normal” have shaped human experiences more generally. Treating disability as a crucial element of human diversity, the Disability Studies Minor approaches disability as a social, cultural, and political construct rather than just a medical condition (as it is commonly viewed).
Disability studies classes investigate topics such as the phenomenon of cyborgs, the meaning of “normal” and “abnormal,” disability’s central place in art and literature, and the lives of people with disabilities, as well as controversial issues such as the eugenics movement, disability in the workplace, and what it means to be “a fit citizen.”
Why get a Minor in Disability Studies?
A Disability Studies minor enables students to speak knowledgeably and thoughtfully about disability-related issues. Taught by faculty from the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Education and Health Professions, Architecture, Business, and Social Work, this flexible and multidisciplinary minor prepares students for a variety of graduate programs and for careers in law, education, public health, nursing, architecture, urban planning, and social work.