Disability Studies Minor


Disability Studies Minor LogoBlending courses from across campus, we define disability as a social phenomenon that touches everyone and helps us understand how societies work.  A Disability Studies minor will prepare you for a growing range of disability-related careers through knowledge specific to professions.  Students gain direct contact with disability communities through a large menu of innovative fieldwork options.  Courses will put you in touch with working professionals in fields like international development, health professions, design, sign language interpreting, education, and non-profit management.

Focusing on the tools to envision an inclusive world and the skills to create it, we put the voices and experiences of people with disabilities front and center. We think about how ableism (anti-disability prejudice) operates in different nations and how disability intersects with other forms of identity like gender, class, nationality, and race in complex and varied patterns. We study all kinds of bodymind variations, whether visible or invisible. We uncover lost histories.

While housed in the English Department, this minor is open to all UO majors and encompasses a wide span of fields across the social sciences, arts, humanities, and professional schools.  Many of Disability Studies minor courses also count for General Education requirements.

More information about the program may be found at:  https://disability.uoregon.edu/

To declare the Disability Studies Minor online, use the Add/Drop Form

For Disability Studies Minor Advising:

 Contact Prof. Elizabeth Wheeler, Director, Disability Studies Minor                                         ewheeler@uoregon.edu                                                                                                                                             541-346-3929

Design, Discover, and Dance; How the Disability Studies Minor is Breaking Boundaries

“Disability is everywhere once you open your eyes to it. It infuses every area of life, so it goes with every life endeavor.” 

- Professor Betsy Wheeler


Betsy Wheeler, director of the Disability Studies Minor, shares with us the foundations of the groundbreaking program and the aspects that make it unique. Residing within the English Department, this minor program centers all aspects of disability, visible or invisible, while spanning many interests and majors alike. 

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