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Disability Studies Minor

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Disability Studies Minor
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Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
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Disability Studies Minor

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.

Disability Studies Minor at Ship

This program 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 their course of major study, prepare students for disability-related careers and advanced study in disability studies, and will deepen their 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.

Admission and Degree 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.

Students also choose four elective courses from the following list:

  • ANT350 Medical Anthropology
  • COM245 Diversity and the Media
  • CRJ326 Victimology
  • CRJ363 Intimate Partner Violence
  • CRJ396 Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System
  • DS300 Internship in Disability Studies
  • EEC273 Introduction to Exceptionalities
  • EEC423 Effective Instructional Strategies
  • EEC444 Formal/Informal Assessment of Individuals
  • EEC445 Proactive Approaches for Classroom
  • EEC447 Instructional Content and Practices for Special Education
  • EEC483 Assessing Children with Exceptionalities
  • EEC490 Special Education Selected Topics
  • ENG250 Introduction to Literature (only designated sections)
  • ENG394/490 Selected Topics as appropriate
  • GRN100 Introduction to Gerontology
  • Hon 411 Honors Introduction to Exceptionalities
  • HCS333 Communicating Identity
  • HCS335 Popular Culture and Gender Construction
  • HCS410 Feminist Perspectives on Communication
  • MGT340 Human Resource Management
  • MGT346 Human Resource Management Law
  • PLS374 Public Service Ethics
  • PSY355 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
  • PSY365 Multicultural Psychology
  • SWK265 Understanding Diversity for SW Practice
  • SWK347 Special Fields of SW - Behavioral health
  • SWK351 Special Fields of SW - Aging
  • SWK356 Special Fields – Dev. Disabilities
  • SWK420 Gender Issues for Helping Professionals
  • SWK450 Social Welfare Policies and Services
  • SOC320 Sociology of the Body/Sociology of Disability
  • SOC369 Medical Sociology
  • SOC371 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC445 Sexuality and Sexual Orientation
  • SPN150 Spanish Civilization and Culture
  • SPN490 Women and the City

Note: To complete the Disability Studies Minor, students will take the two core courses (DS100 and DS400) and four of the approved electives. 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.

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.

Careers in Disability Studies

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.

Get Involved

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.