NYU Cross School Minor

The Disability Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program intended to educate students about the historical, social, and legal circumstances that shape the experience of disability. This new undergraduate minor features an interdisciplinary curriculum that incorporates courses across NYU in the humanities; social sciences; communication; education; engineering; medical ethics; and the arts. Students will learn the tenets and history of the disability rights movement, comparative global perspectives on disability, critical theories in the field of Disability Studies, principles of accessibility, and other skills to build leadership in creating a more just and inclusive society.

Disability Studies understands disability in relation to other aspects of the human experience, including inequality, violence, and social movements; gender, race, and sexuality; media representations and practices; technology and design; arts access; and psychology and stigma. The field recognizes that disability is not a matter of discrete impairments, but rather an opportunity for coalition or identification. The field emphasizes the social shaping of disability through injustice and discrimination, biomedical and cultural norms, and legal or architectural barriers that prevent access to education, housing, employment, and transportation. The minor will educate students about the under-recognized history of eugenic prejudice as well as the work of activists to change laws and social worlds.

  • 16 credits to complete the minor; one core class and three electives
  • Electives are drawn from across the NYU global network
  • NYU undergraduates can declare the minor using the Application for Cross-School Minor online form, accessible via the drop-down menu in the Albert Student Center

Steering Committee

NYU Courses

CAS: Advanced Honors Seminar
AHSEM-UA 228 Disability Studies and Latin@ American Literature (4 credits)
AHSEM-UA 167 Disability and Sexuality in American Culture (4 credits)

CAS: Anthropology
ANTH-UA 35: Medical Anthropology (4 credits)
ANTH-UA 36: Global Biocultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Public Health(4 credits)
ANTH-UA 331: Human Rights and Culture (4 credits)
ANTH-UA 113: Disability Worlds: Anthropological Perspectives (4 credits)

CAS: Philosophy
PHIL-UA 50: Medical Ethics (4 credits)

IDSEM-UG 1294: Philosophy of Medicine (4 credits)
IDSEM-UG 1311: Mad Science/Mad Pride (4 credits)
FIRST-UG 419: First-Year Writing Seminar: Disability and the Arts (4 credits)

School of Medicine: Child Study Center: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
CAMS-UA 208: Advanced Seminar: Speaking Our Minds – Narrating Mental Illness (4 credits)

Steinhardt: Media, Culture, and Communication
MCC-UE 1026: Disability, Technology and Media (4 credits)
MCC-UE 1200-002 / Senior Media Seminar: Normal Media (4 credits)

Steinhardt: Occupational Therapy
OT-GE 2171: Disability in a Global Context (NYC; Accra: Buenos Aires; Tel Aviv) (3 credits)
OT-GE 2900: Developing Assistive Technologies (3 credits)

Steinhardt: Teaching and Learning
SPCED-UE 83: Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)

Steinhardt: Applied Psychology
APSY-UE 1031: Mental Health: Historical, Social, and Political Perspectives (4 credits)

DM-GY 9103: Developing Assistive Technologies (3 credits)
CAM 2204: Disability Studies (4 credits)

Tisch: Art and Public Policy
ASPP-UT 1006: Sensing Race: Affects, Phenomena, & Worlding Intimacies (4 credits; Juniors and Seniors only)
ASPP-UT 1017: Queer and Disability Theory: The Then and Now of Crip (4 credits; Juniors and Seniors only with permission of instructor)

Tisch: ITP
ITPG-GT 2447: Developing Assistive Technologies (3 credits)

NYU Abu Dhabi
COREP-AD 32 Stigma
COREP-AD 53 Disability
CCEA-UH1023 Dis/Abilities in Musical Contexts


Are there other courses we can add to this list? Please email Mara Mills.