Disability Studies Minor

Why Study Disability Studies

The Disability Studies Undergraduate Minor is an interdisciplinary program at Shippensburg University that explores the meaning and impact of disability across time, place, and group.

Why Study Disability Studies at Ship

The Disability Studies program at Shippensburg University offers a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary body of knowledge and skills and, in particular, raises awareness of disability issues, knowledge of disability rights and laws, and best practices towards creating inclusive and accessible environments and communities. The knowledge and skills gained will enhance your course of study, prepare you for disability-related careers and advanced study in disability studies, and will deepen your understanding of the multicultural fabric of contemporary society. The minor requires 18 credits of coursework, including two required classes (6 credits) and 4 interdisciplinary electives (12 credits). Because the coursework is flexible and provides opportunities in all three colleges, students can gear the minor towards their own interests and career paths. Anyone interested in disability, whether that interest is personal, academic or to pursue a disability-related career, should consider enrolling in the Disability Studies program.

Career Opportunities

There are a growing number of disability-specific careers, such as disability law, mental health counseling, and social service program delivery and management. More broadly, disability is an increasingly important aspect of many careers. Jobs related to human resources, education, social work, psychology, social policy, urban planning, software development, criminal justice and more must take into account the diversity of the populations that they serve and be prepared to consider issues of accommodations, inclusion, and accessibility. Students with an interdisciplinary background in disability studies will have a crucial skill set desired by employers. Minors are prepared to work with a wide variety of people and build skills in creating inclusive, accessible settings. Graduates find career opportunities in psychology, social service delivery and social work, social policy, counseling, health fields, human resources, education, politics, criminology, recreation management, and more.  

Minor Requirements

DS100 Introduction to Disability Studies assumes no prior knowledge of disability studies, and offers a terrific overview of disability studies. It builds students' knowledge of the history of disability, current successes and challenges experienced by people with disabilities, and background in key concepts like accessibility and inclusion. It is a great place to start. The Disability Studies Minor office can tell you more about these opportunities.

The Disability Studies Minor requires a minimum of 18 credits. Students take two core courses:

  • DS100 Introduction to Disability Studies (fulfills General Education Category E: Social Sciences and meets the university’s diversity requirement)
  • DS400 Capstone in Disability Studies

Then choose four elective courses from a variety of disciplines. For a complete list of courses, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Note: At least 50 percent of the courses must be taken at Shippensburg University. Students must take electives from at least two disciplines. Permission from the director of Disability Studies must be obtained to take more than two classes from one discipline.

Student Groups

There are also many opportunities to get involved on campus with student organizations that foster disability awareness and inclusion. All students are welcome to participate.

Contact Information 

Disability Studies Minor
Wright Hall 102, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1193
Department Website