Disabilities Minor

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About the Program

The purpose of the interdisciplinary disability minor is to prepare undergraduate students to apply their unique disciplinary skills to work with and support individuals with disabilities and their families to become fully engaged members of their communities, and to improve their quality of life. The minor also helps to prepare students to work in an interdisciplinary service delivery environment. A secondary purpose is to create a core group of interdisciplinary faculty to work collaboratively with students on issues related to disability. The 20-credit hours curriculum consists of five to eight courses including a writing-intensive course from the student's major. The minor offers students a unique opportunity to explore disability from several vantage points, including an overview of the disability experience, societal barriers individuals face, service delivery systems, disciplinary perspectives, current research, and relevant legislation.

Required Course
One of the following courses is required from the student's major or any other disability related intensive course outside of the major with permission:4
Introduction to Exceptionality
Living and Doing with Technology
Occupation, Identity, Disability
Building a Culture of Peace
Select four to seven elective courses of the following:16
COMM 536
Have You Heard? The Fundamentals of Hearing and Hearing Loss
Mentoring Adolescents with Disabilities in the Transition to Work
Introduction to Exceptionality
Contemporary Issues in Developmental Disabilities
Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs
A Socio-cultural Perspective on the Deaf Community
Inclusion in Physical Education
Nutrition for Children with Special Needs
Living and Doing with Technology
Occupation, Identity, Disability
Psychosocial Disorders and Everyday Life
Introduction to Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities
Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities
Building a Culture of Peace
Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Understanding Developmental Disabilities
SW, OT, EDUC, KIN, NUTR, RMP Independent Study with a disability focus 1
Total Credits20

The purpose of the independent study is to explore a topic that provides a detailed focus on an important issue related to individuals with disabilities. A student may also choose to engage in a small-scale research project to investigate an issue that affects individuals with disabilities. Each project will be negotiated with the student's departmental faculty adviser and the coordinator of the minor program.

Please note: Additional elective courses may be added in the future as deemed appropriate and approved by disabilities studies coordinator.

Also note: Students must achieve C- or better and a 2.00 grade-point average in courses that the minor department approves. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be used for a minor. No more than 8 credits used to satisfy major requirements may be used for a minor. There is no limit on the number of overlapping credits allowed between minors. Students should declare the intent to earn a minor as early as possible and no later than the end of the junior year. During the final term, an application should be made to the dean to have the minor shown on the academic record.