In this interdisciplinary undergraduate minor, you’ll learn about the historical, social, and legal circumstances that shape the experience of disability. Through course work and exposure to scholars and activists from across NYU in the humanities; social sciences; communication; education; engineering; medical ethics; and the arts, you’ll engage in creating a more just and inclusive society.
Official Degree Title
Learn the tenets and history of the disability rights movement, comparative global perspectives on disability, critical theories in the field of disability studies, principles of accessibility, the under-recognized history of eugenic prejudice, as well as the work of activists to change laws and social worlds.
Disability Studies understands disability in relation to other aspects of the human experience, including inequality, violence, and social movements; gender, race, and sexuality; media representations and practices; technology and design; arts access; and psychology and stigma. The field recognizes that disability is not a matter of discrete impairments, but rather an opportunity for coalition or identification. The field emphasizes the social shaping of disability through injustice and discrimination, biomedical and cultural norms, and legal or architectural barriers that prevent access to education, housing, employment, and transportation.