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Minor in Disability Studies

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The Minor in Disability Studies focuses on the physical, behavioral, biological, and social aspects of disability and chronic health conditions. The minor can include coursework from a broad array of departments, thus accommodating students from different disciplines across the campus. There are no prerequisites for this minor. The curriculum blends cultural and clinical perspectives of disability in society to allow for multiple approaches to understanding disability and to enable individual tailoring to meet students’ varied career interests(e.g., medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/hearing therapy).

A minimum of 19 credit hours is required to earn a Minor in Disability Studies. These include:

  • 10 hours of required coursework
  • 9 hours of elective coursework
  • All minors require six hours of advanced (300- or 400-level) courses that are not used in any other major or minor.

Minor Requirements


Required Courses (10 credit hours):

HK 302      Disability in American Society

HK 480      Medical Aspects of Disability

Select one additional course from the following list:

RST 260     Disability in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism

SHS 352     Hearing Health and Society

HK 407       Disability, Culture, and Society

HK 462       Adapted Physical Education

Elective Courses (9 credit hours):

ARTD 420      Disability Design

CMN 260       Introduction to Health Communication

CMN 462       Health Communication in Relationships

CMN 463       Organizational Health Communication

CMN 467       Communication and Health Equity

HDFS 208      Child and Family Inclusion: Disability, Health, and Diversity

GWS 366       Feminist Disability Studies

HK 481           Work and Disability

RST 230
/HDFS 263     Diversity in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism

SHS 222         Language and Culture of Deaf Communities

SHS 271         Communication and Aging

SHS 380         Communication Competence and Disorders

SOCW 370     Social Work and Disability Studies

SPED 322       Introduction to Intellectual Disability


To officially declare this minor, complete this online form.

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