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Disability Studies

Program Description

Disability Studies Program is now in the School for Cultural & Social Transformation (Transform). The Disability Studies minor is an interdisciplinary field that explores social, political, cultural, and economic factors that shape disability; considers the ways disability is understood and constructed across different historical moments, cultures, and nations; examines the intersectional relationships amongst disability, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality; and foregrounds the experiences and perspectives of disabled activists, scholars, artists, and thinkers. Students complete two Disability Studies (DISAB) core courses and four interdisciplinary electives from areas including special education, speech & hearing science (CSD), and American Sign Language (ASL).

Academic and Career Opportunities

Enrich your academic pursuits by completing an undergraduate research project with one of our Disability Studies faculty and/or complete a Transform year-long internship. Students can also get involved in the department by joining the Transform College Student Council (CSC), to assistin planning events for Transform students, provide feedback regarding faculty appointments and promoting Disability Studies around campus and in the community. Graduates of the Ethnic Studies program have found work in every career field – business, health, education, nonprofit, and social services.

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