Disability Studies

Minor

Immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary course of study that explores why physical and cognitive differences are treated the way they have, how they should be treated and why.

Students draw insight from courses and faculty representing many different departments — from English to physical therapy to sociology. They also work in a practicum as counselors in a two-week residential outdoor camp serving participants with significant disabilities.

For students interested in health care, a disability studies minor complements science courses by focusing on the social, cultural and political issues in their future careers. For those majoring in social sciences or humanities, disability studies provide an analysis of the most fundamental concepts of our culture: body and mind, normality and difference, freedom and rights, beauty and wholeness. How these ideas affect our perceptions and impact our laws, institutions and day-to-day lives is also a component of disability studies.