Disability Studies Minor

The Disability Studies Undergraduate Minor is an interdisciplinary program that explores the meaning and impact of disability across time, place, and group. We examine the ways in which our understandings of disability shape the fundamental aspects of our lives, our relationships, and the societies in which we live. This minor 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 toward creating inclusive and accessible environments and communities.

The knowledge and skills gained will enhance your course of study within your major, prepare you for disability-related careers and advanced study in disability studies, and will deepen your understanding of the multicultural fabric of contemporary society.


  • 18 credits of course work, including 2 required classes (6 credits)
  • 4 interdisciplinary electives (12 credits)

Because the course work is flexible and provides opportunities in all three colleges, students can gear the minor towards their own interests and career paths.

"Let’s stop "tolerating" or "accepting" difference, as if we’re so much better for not being different in the first place. Instead, let’s celebrate difference, because in this world it takes a lot of guts to be different." - Kate Bornstein, Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws