Disabilities Studies Minor
The Disabilities Studies minor includes a multi-disciplinary curriculum with courses in human development; apparel, housing and resource management; psychology; education; and science, technology, and society. The program will provide students with a multi-disciplinary view of how disability is defined and what barriers to full inclusion are faced by individuals with disabilities.
Why do it?
Ability and disability are an important component of diversity and inclusion. This minor will benefit students preparing for careers where they will be working with people or for people, either directly or through the products and systems they design.
The 21-credit minor in Disabilities Studies requires 5 courses from different departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and 2 elective courses (3 credits each).
HD 1134: Introduction to Disabilities Studies
HD 1004: Human Development I – Childhood and Adolescence
STS 3284: Technology & Disability
RED 4664: Universal Design
HD 4714: Senior Capstone Seminar
Students select the remaining 6 credit hours from a list of 3 options, including EDCI 3144: Education of Exceptional Learners, PSYC 3014: Abnormal Psychology, and PSYC 3034: Psychological Disorders of Children. However, PSYC 3014 requires students to complete either PSYC 1004 or PSYC 2004 prior to enrollment.
For more information, consult the Registrar checksheet (follow this link, click on 'checksheets', scroll down to Minors, and find the minor checksheet you're interested in).
Who is it for?
This interdisciplinary minor is available to any student who seeks to broaden their understanding of disability, including how disability and people with disabilities are treated in society and in different academic disciplines. This ranges from students who will become engineers designing equipment to be used by people with disabilities, to teachers who will have students with disabilities in their classrooms, to policymakers considering the best laws and statutes to promote inclusion.
This minor is hosted by the Department of Human Development in collaboration with other departments across Virginia Tech.
2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
6d - Critique and Practice in Design
7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
*Students are guaranteed to meet at least three of the core concepts listed
Intercultural and Global Awareness