By pursuing a minor in Disability Studies, you will focus on disability as a social and political phenomenon and explore how disability is defined and represented.
A Timely and Misunderstood Field
Disability is a constant, pervasive, and deeply misunderstood element of human existence. At least 15-20% of all people have a disability, and virtually all people will at some point due to accident, disease, or old age. People with disabilities throughout the world remain disenfranchised, segregated, and oppressed.
Your systematic study of the world through the lens of this minor will address this injustice. The courses you choose for this program balance theoretical exploration with practical application, helping you understand disability history, cultural representation, social justice and civil rights issues, policy concerns, and current ethical debates.
We Help You Succeed
At Truman, you benefit from the small classes and personal attention only available at a small undergraduate institution. You’ll enjoy research opportunities that are more difficult to come by at a larger institution. Your classes are taught by professors – not graduate students – and our 16:1 faculty-to-student ratio insures you’ll receive the personal attention you need when you need it.
Discover New Connections
At Truman, we know that all fields of study are connected in complicated and fascinating ways. Disability Studies is one of fifteen interdisciplinary studies programs available for you to explore the new possibilities that open up when two or more fields overlap. Our interdisciplinary studies major even allows you to custom-design your own field of study.
Disability Studies Minor Committee
For more information, please contact the chair or a committee member:
- Chair: Teak Nelson (Nursing)
- Michelle Blakely (Disability Services)
- Charles Comstock
- Julia DeLancey (Art)
- Lisa Goran (Education)
- Jen Hurst (Health & Exercise Sciences – on sabbatical SP 17)
- Judy Johnson (Communication Disorders)
- Pete Kelly (Education)
- Julie Lochbaum (Education)
- Andrea Richards (Communication Disorders)
- Linda Seidel (English & Linguistics)
July 24, 2017
The nearly 80-year-old building was offline for the entire 2016-17 academic year while major updates were completed.
July 24, 2017
Truman has been included in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" for three consecutive years, and nine times in total.