2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Dec 03, 2022  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Disability Studies Minor

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Alan Foley
152 Huntington Hall

Program website: http://disabilitystudies.syr.edu

The minor in Disability Studies focuses on disability as a social and cultural phenomenon, identity, social construct, and metaphor. Disability Studies applies social, cultural, historical, legal, philosophical, and humanities perspectives to understanding disability in society. Topics covered in Disability Studies include disability law and policy; the sociology, anthropology, geography, and history of disability; the intersection between disability and race, gender, sexuality, and class; the representation of disability in literature, the media, and popular culture; advocacy and self-advocacy; and assistive technology and accommodations for people with disabilities. The Disability Studies minor does not focus on instructional or clinical approaches to disability, but can complement the studies of students in these programs.

The minor requires 18 credits, with 12 credits in Disability Studies (DSP prefix) courses and 6 credits of approved electives. At least 12 credits must be taken in 300 level or above courses, and a minimum of 15 credits must be taken through Syracuse University. Courses must be approved by the student’s advisor in Disability Studies. Courses in the minor may be able to be used to fulfill requirements in students’ home schools and colleges, at their discretion.

Requirements for Admission

A minimum grade point average of 2.8 and a one-to-two page personal statement describing the student’s interest in the minor in Disability Studies.

Students from any Syracuse University undergraduate program can apply for the minor in Disability Studies.

Additional Information

With the approval of the minor advisor, students may use credits from other Syracuse University courses without a DSP prefix to fulfill the requirement for 12 credits in core courses.

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