When you pursue a disability studies minor, you focus on disability as a social and political phenomenon and explore how disability is defined and represented.
Learning Useful Pursuits
Disability is a constant, pervasive, and deeply misunderstood element of human existence, and virtually everyone will have a disability at some point due to an 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.
At Truman, students study everything and discover the fascinating ways different areas of study are connected. Disability Studies is one of seventeen interdisciplinary studies minors 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: Jen Hurst (Health & Exercise Sciences)
- Charles Comstock
- Wendy Miner (Education)
- Judy Johnson (Communication Disorders)
- Julie Lochbaum (Education)
- Teak Nelson (Nursing)
- Andrea Richards (Communication Disorders)
- Linda Seidel (English & Linguistics)
- Amanda Starks (Health & Exercise Science)
February 18, 2019
Clayton B. Ofstad speaker Angela Carter will present "Classrooms in Crisis: Disability, Pedagogy, Feminism, and the Trigger Warning Debate" at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.
February 18, 2019
Featured speaker Dr. Arun Raha will discuss "What Will the Next Recession Bring? Another Financial Crisis: Not This Time" at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre.