Disability Studies 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.

Minor in Disability Studies

  • 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

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