Institute for Human Development
Disability Studies, Minor
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What Can I Do with a Minor in Disability Studies?
You will examine your own attitude towards disability while reflecting on the construct of normality and the ways in which this concept has shaped the understanding of disability. Through studying the emergence of disability culture and the disability rights movement, you will come to appreciate the concepts of acceptance, inclusion, integration, independence, and productivity as these apply to individuals with disabilities and society at large.
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A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.
To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||18|
|Some online/blended coursework||Required|
Student Learning Outcomes
As a result of completing the undergraduate minor in Disability Studies students will:
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge of disabilities which affect persons across the lifespan and the social systems which support persons with disabilities at critical junctures in their lives.
- Articulate that disability is part of human diversity and demonstrate understanding of this diversity and its impact on personal and societal attitudes
- Define disability from a number of different paradigms and compare and contrast different models of disability.
- Articulate the concepts of person/family centeredness, functionality and participation and contrast it with diagnosis, handicap and limitations.
- Articulate how public policy and disability rights play a role in society’s changing view of disabilities.
- Articulate how disability is represented across disciplines and in society through the arts, literature, media and other public domain areas.
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Take the following 18 units:
Select one course from the following (3 units):
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
- The historical and legal treatment of those with disabilities,
- The role of disability in today’s society
- The concept of normal and how it influences our understanding of disability