Disability Studies

Over the past three decades, disability studies has emerged as a robust and vibrant field of intellectual inquiry, bringing together cutting-edge research in the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences. The discipline analyzes the cultural and political significance of disability, examining the construction and production of disability in history and in the present moment. Disability studies hones critical tools to analyze how societies grapple with physical and mental difference, the way disability becomes a site for negotiating stigma and social power, and questions of normativity and deviance.

Disability is a fundamental dimension of human diversity. One in every five Americans lives with a disability, making it our country’s largest minority population. Students increasingly recognize that gaining a more sophisticated understanding of disability experience is a critical element in their education, and one that will help prepare them for a growing number of disability-specific careers. Drawing from rich offerings in disciplines as various as anthropology, bioethics, English, health systems administration, nursing, philosophy, psychology, theater and performance studies, theology, and women’s and gender studies, the minor in disability studies will enable students to explore this critical facet of human diversity in an in-depth fashion as it relates to their major field of study and to their professional aspirations.

Fall 2019 Courses

Required:

  • ENGL-270 Introduction to Disability Studies – Schotland

Core courses:

  • ANTH-256 Disability and Culture – Onder
  • ENGL-443 Gender and Care in Modern US Poetry –  Rifkin
  • PHIL-106 Bioethics and Disability – Kukla
  • WGST-234 Feminist Disability Studies – Madden

Elective courses:

  • BIOL-394 Genomics, Disability, & Health – Peshkin
  • CULP-242 Foreign Bodies – Kumar
  • CULP-271 Bodies, Technology, & Violence – Chandler
  • EDIJ-220 Education, Equity, & Advocacy – Gasoi
  • EDIJ-241 Seminar in Urban Education – Wesley-Nero
  • HESY-160 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention – Riley
  • INAF-175 Holocaust: Gender & Racial Ideology – Sommer
  • INAF-269 What Really Happened in the Camps – McManus & Desbois
  • PHIL-112 Gender and Feminism – Carse
  • PSYC-151 Abnormal Psychology – Bonior
  • SOCI-109 Sociology of Health/Illness – Burke
  • SOCI-111 Flourishing: College & Community – Stiles & Day
  • STIA-421 Global Health Foundations – Mendenhall
  • WGST-141 Sexuality Studies – Forrest & Sizemore-Barber

Six courses are required to complete the minor in Disability Studies:
ENGL-270 Introduction to Disability Studies – Sara Schotland (new window)
Three Disability Studies core courses (below)
Two elective courses that engage disability in theory or practice (below)
Disability studies core courses (take 3):
ANTH-256 Disability and Culture – Sylvia Onder (new window)
EDIJ-253 Children with Disabilities – Toby Long (new window)
ENGL-268 Disability and the Arts – Jennifer Fink (new window)
ENGL-424 Disability Studies Seminar – Libbie Rifkin (new window)
ENGL-443 Gender and Care in Modern U.S. Poetry – Libbie Rifkin (new window)
PHIL-106 Bioethics and Disability – Rebecca Kukla (new window)
THEO-130 Religion and Disability Studies – Julia Watts Belser (new window)
WGST-239 Art, Medicine, and Gender – TBD
WGST-234 Feminist Disability Studies – TBD
Disability studies electives (take 2):
AFAM-315 The Psychic Holds of Slavery – Robert Patterson (new window)Soyica Diggs Colbert (new window)
ANTH-250 Intro to Medical Anthropology – Sylvia Onder (new window)
ANTH-251 Anthropology and the Body – Sylvia Onder (new window)
BIOL-394 Genomics, Disability and Health – Beth Peshkin (new window)
CULP-242 Foreign Bodies – Kumar
CULP-271 Bodies, Technology, & Violence – Chandler
EDIJ-220 Education, Equity, and Advocacy – Emily Gasoi (new window)
EDIJ-241 Seminar in Urban Education – Wesley-Nero
JCIV-175 The Holocaust: An Examination of Gender and Nazi Racial Ideology – Anna Sommer (new window)
HSCI/HESY-160 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention – Joan Riley (new window)
HESY- 010 Healthcare in America – Robin Goldenberg (new window)
INAF-175 Holocaust: Gender and Racial Ideology – Anna Sommer (new window)
INAF-269 What Really Happened in the Camps – McManus & Desbois
PHIL-105 Bioethics – Laura Bishop (new window)
PHIL-112 Gender and Feminism – Carse
PHIL-440 Bioethics and Mental Illness – Wilfried Ver Eecke (new window)
PHIL-441 Bioethics and “Abnormal” Bodies – Rebecca Kukla (new window)
PHIL-441 The Politics of Weight and Eating – Rebecca Kukla (new window)
PSYC-151 Abnormal Psychology – Bonior
PSYC-353 Culture & Psychopathology – Yulia E. Chentsova Dutton (new window)
SOCI-111 Flourishing: College & Community – Stiles & Day
SOCI-109 Sociology of Health and Illness – Michael P. Burke (new window)
STIA-421 Global Health Foundations – Mendenhall
THEO-023 Christian Initiation – Anne Koester (new window)
THEO-028 Religion and the Body – Ariel Glucklich (new window)
THEO-121 Ritual, Spirituality and Justice – Anne Koester (new window)
THEO-122 The Church and the Poor – Ray Kemp (new window)
WGST-141 Introduction to Sexuality Studies – April Sizemore-Barber (new window)
WGST-233 HIV, Culture, and Politics – April Sizemore-Barber (new window)
UNXD-204 and/or 205 Challenges in Childhood and Society – Rachel Barr (new window)
The above list is not meant to be exhaustive. If students identify other courses that provide significant opportunities to engage with disability in theory or practice, they should present them to the steering committee for approval. A maximum of two courses taken elsewhere (i.e., study abroad or summer courses) may be counted as electives in the minor, with approval of the steering committee.

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