College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2016-2017

Institute for Human Development

Disability Studies, Minor

This undergraduate minor explores the role of disability in society today and how society's concept of normalcy has shaped perceptions of disability. Students will build a firm realization that disability can be understood as one facet of human diversity. By pursuing foundational knowledge of the rapidly emerging field of disability studies, students will learn to think critically about the ways in which disabled persons have experienced inequality and oppression.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Disability Studies?

Students from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines will benefit from the interdisciplinary Disability Studies minor. The minor will provide you with foundational knowledge of the rapidly emerging field of disability studies. You will explore and critically examine the historical and legal treatment of people with disabilities and acquire an awareness and understanding of the role of disability in today society.

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.

University Requirements

  • 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.


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.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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