Disability Studies, Minor

Program Code: DBLTY_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ENGL 228Introduction to Disability Studies in the Humanities Keystone/General Education Course3
RHS 100Introduction to Disability Culture Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
LA 495Undergraduate Field Experience or Practicum (or an equivalent independent research course or internship approved by the faculty member in charge)3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select at least three courses for at least 9 credits from an approved department list in consultation with adviser9

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


University Park

Janet Lyon
Associate Professor of English and Director of the Disability Studies minor
430 Burrowes Building (mail)
109 Burrowes Building (advising)
University Park, PA 16802

Career Paths

Ph.D. in Disability Studies, supportive courses for graduate degrees in Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Work, medical school, design engineering, others.


Coordinator for diversity and accessibility programs within universities, corporations, or non-profit organizations; OT, PT, Speech Therapy, disability programming, community education and outreach, consultation.


University Park

434 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802