Disability Studies (Minor)

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According to the Census, as the population ages, the number of disabled people will grow by an estimated 21% between 2007 and 2030. Understanding and addressing the needs of persons disability will become more important in careers in business, advocacy, education, government and law.

The number of persons with disabilities in the U.S. is estimated to grow 21% by 2030. This program can prepare you to make the greatest impact in addressing the needs of this portion of the population. According to The New York Times, this training can lead to employment in many areas.


The minor in disability studies explores historical, linguistic, social, artistic and legal dimensions of disability with the goal of improving society in ways that benefit those with disabilities.

Through curriculum that combines theory and practice, students are prepared to address injustices, exclusions and misapprehensions regarding disabilities through advocacy and self-advocacy, education, knowledge of the law and historical awareness. The minor's coursework, designed to complement any undergraduate major, utilizes an electronic portfolio tailored to students' professional interests.

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Disability Studies (Minor)

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The minor in disability studies consists of 18 credit hours, of which a minimum of 12 credit hours must be upper division. Six upper-division credit hours must be completed through coursework in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. Program requirements include six credit hours of core coursework, nine credit hours of electives and three credit hours of culminating experience. All courses used to fulfill the requirements of this minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Core Requirements -- 6 credit hours
Electives (choose three courses) -- 9 credit hours
Culminating Course -- 3 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BA in disability studies

Other Enrollment Requirements:

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information

Career outlook

Students with a minor in disability studies find career opportunities in many fields, such as social justice, civil service, law, health care advocacy, social work, education, rehabilitative health care, counseling, business, policy and advocacy, government, and with community and nongovernmental organizations.

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