Who would benefit from the Minor in Disability Studies?
Students across the university could benefit from completing the Minor in Disability Studies. The overarching goal of the minor is to examine disability as an essential element of human diversity, and to provide theoretical and practical knowledge to promote the full social inclusion of people with disabilities in local, national and global communities.
As demonstrated by the following list, students in diverse and seemingly unrelated academic fields might enhance their majors with the Disability Studies Minor.
Potential student interest
- A social work student interested in advocating for people with disabilities and their families;
- A history student interested in the evolution of American Sign Language and understanding Deaf culture;
- A nursing student with a particular interest in mental illness and mental heath issues;
- A journalism student interested in media portrayals of people with disabilities;
- An anthropology student interested in unique cultural responses to disability and illness;
- A gender and women's studies student interested in tracing the intersecting cultural meanings of femininity and disability;
- A theater student interested in challenging cultural bias and negative attitudes through performance;
- A literature student interested in fictional representations of blindness;
- A psychology student interested in child development and the autism spectrum;
- An education major interested in providing integrated, inclusive environments for all students, including those with disabilities;
- An art history student interested in the unique contribution of disabled artists;
- A business major interested in promoting employment of people with disabilities;
- An engineering student interested in designing mobility, prosthetic, or assistive technology devices.