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The minor in disability studies engages students in an examination of the many ways disability is defined and constructed. Students will build knowledge of the political, rhetorical, social, educational, historical, legal and medical frameworks of disability through both classroom and experiential study in courses drawn from several disciplines. Students will examine the ways systems inhibit and promote full participation of people with disabilities, explore how communities define and reinforce norms, and understand disability as an inherent part of diversity and inclusivity.

The minor in disability studies is open to all undergraduate students at JMU. The introductory course DST 100 can be taken the same semester as core courses. More than one core course can be taken to count toward the overall credit requirement. No more than nine hours may be taken from a single discipline. No more than two courses may be double counted for a student's major/minor.

Required Courses (1 credit hour)


  • DST 100. Introduction to Disability Studies

Total: 19 Credit Hours

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