Disability Studies

Disability studies is an academic disciplinary area offered as a field of study at numerous institutions in the country  at the minor, major, masters, and certificate levels. Disability studies programs are encoded in the federal Classification of Industrial Programs (CIP 05.0210) taxonomy, and defined as follows (source):

A program that focuses on the nature, meaning, and consequences of what it is to be defined as disabled and explores the historical, cultural, economic, physiological, and socio-political dynamics of disability. Includes instruction in disability rights, legal issues, and public policy; literature, philosophy, and the arts; and/or research in the social sciences, education, and health sciences addressing social and experiential aspects of disability (source: NCES)

Our Courses

DISA 2500. Introduction to Disabilities Studies. (4 Credits)

This course will introduce students to the multidisciplinary field of disability studies through an exploration of the diverse ways that disability signifies across the social sciences and humanities. It will interrogate the meanings of disability in a variety of contexts within the U.S. and beyond with a particular focus on the ways that disability intersects with other categories of lived experience (race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic class). Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.


DISA 4900. Independent Study. (4 Credits)

Courses in Other Areas

The following courses offered outside the department have the DISA attribute and count toward the Disability Studies minor:

Course Title Credits
COMC 1101Communications and Culture: History, Theory, and Methods4
COMC 3247Race, Class, and Gender in Media4
COMC 4246Media, Disability, Futurity4
ECON 3570Labor Market and Diversity4
ECON 4020Disability: Economic and Other Approaches4
ENGL 3001Queer Theories4
ENGL 3619Crip, Queer and Critical Race Studies4
ENGL 3646Black Disability Studies4
ENGL 3901Autism and Literature4
ENGL 4172Diverse Biologies/Shared Humanity4
ENGL 4246Media, Disability, Futurity4
ENGL 4403Extraordinary Bodies4
ENGL 4421Disability, Literature, Culture: Neurological, Mental, and Cognitive Difference In Culture & Context4
MUSC 2037Disability and Music4
NSCI 2018Biology of Aging3
NSCI 4172Diverse Biologies/Shared Humanity4
PSYC 3610Global Health and Psychology4
PSYC 4310Aging and Society4
SOCI 3114Sociology of Health and Illness4
SOCI 4421Disability, Literature, Culture: Neurological, Mental, & Cognitive Difference In Culture & Context4
SOCI 4444Unstrange Minds: On the Ethical Dimensions of Neurological and Cognitive Difference4
THEO 3856Introduction to Bioethics4