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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, Nursing and Health Innovation, Business, and Education as well as the School of Social Work, this flexible and multidisciplinary minor prepares students for a variety of graduate programs and for careers in law, education, public health, nursing, engineering, communication, and social work, among other fields.

Interested in adding a Minor in Disability Studies?

Please contact director Dr. Sarah Rose ( or Disability Studies advisor Mikila Salazar ( with questions or to arrange a meeting. You can schedule an intake appointment via our Bookings page—we require all new DS minors to meet with us so that we can help them design a course and internship plan that matches their career and/or graduate school interests.  For more information about the minor’s requirements, please visit our Courses and Schedules page.  You can download the University’s Minor Approval Form here.