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Minor Curriculum

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

Credit Hours

DST 100. Introduction to Disability Studies


Choose one of the following core courses:


JUST 385. Disability and Justice

KIN 429. Special Topics in Adapted Physical Education

WRTC 430/SCOM 343. Contemporary Rhetorical Theory and Practice: Disability Rhetoric


SOCI 335. Disability and Society

SOCI 375. Medical Sociology

Choose five of the following elective courses:


ANTH 360. Medical Anthropology

ANTH 395. Special Topics in Anthropology: Sex and the Social: The Cultural Politics of Reproduction


DANC 325. Dance in Community


HIST 306. A History of the Body in the West


HIST 476. History of Disability in Postwar Europe, 1945-1991


JUST 221. Social Justice Theories


SCOM 370. Introduction to Health Communication


SOCI 214. Social Deviance


SOCI 385. Madness and Society: The Sociology of Mental Health and Illness


SRM 242. Sociology and Psychology of Sport and Recreation Management


SRM 436. Facilities and Events in Sport and Recreation