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.

Six courses are required to complete the minor in Disability Studies:

ENGL-270 Introduction to Disability Studies

Three Disability Studies core courses:

ANTH-256 Disability and Culture
EDIJ-253 Children with Disabilities
ENGL-268 Disability and the Arts
ENGL-424 Disability Studies Seminar
ENGL-443 Gender and Care in Modern U.S. Poetry
PHIL-106 Bioethics and Disability
THEO-130 Religion and Disability Studies
WGST-239 Art, Medicine, and Gender
WGST-234 Feminist Disability Studies

Two elective courses that engage disability in theory or practice

AFAM-315 The Psychic Holds of Slavery
ANTH-250 Intro to Medical Anthropology
ANTH-251 Anthropology and the Body
BIOL-394 Genomics, Disability and Health
CULP-242 Foreign Bodies
CULP-271 Bodies, Technology, & Violence
EDIJ-220 Education, Equity, and Advocacy
EDIJ-241 Seminar in Urban Education
JCIV-175 The Holocaust: An Examination of Gender and Nazi Racial Ideology
HSCI/HESY-160 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
HESY- 010 Healthcare in America
INAF-175 Holocaust: Gender and Racial Ideology
INAF-269 What Really Happened in the Camps
PHIL-105 Bioethics
PHIL-112 Gender and Feminism
PHIL-440 Bioethics and Mental Illness
PHIL-441 Bioethics and “Abnormal” Bodies
PHIL-441 The Politics of Weight and Eating
PSYC-151 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC-353 Culture & Psychopathology
SOCI-111 Flourishing: College & Community
SOCI-109 Sociology of Health and Illness
STIA-421 Global Health Foundations
THEO-023 Christian Initiation
THEO-028 Religion and the Body
THEO-121 Ritual, Spirituality and Justice
THEO-122 The Church and the Poor
WGST-141 Introduction to Sexuality Studies
WGST-233 HIV, Culture, and Politics
UNXD-204 and/or 205 Challenges in Childhood and Society

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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