Disabilities Minor


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. 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 Courses
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
Living and Doing with Technology
Occupation, Identity, Disability
Introduction to Disability in Inclusive Schools and Communities 2
Select four to seven elective courses from the following:16
Living and Doing with Technology
A Socio-cultural Perspective on the Deaf Community
Recreation Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Peer to Peer Mentoring for Students with Disabilities
Occupation, Identity, Disability
Psychosocial Disorders and Everyday Life
Understanding Developmental Disabilities
Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities
Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities
Nutrition for Children with Special Needs
Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs
Inclusion in Physical Education
SW, OT, EDUC, KIN, NUTR, RMP Independent Study with a disability focus 1
Total Credits20

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 show on the academic record.