Undergraduate Students


POLS 5324-Disability Culture & Society is offered Fall Semester

Wednesdays from 4:30 to 7:15 PM


Disability Studies Undergraduate Minor

Students must complete 18 credit hours from three different departments for the minor. Courses for the minor must be at the 3000 level or higher.

1. Human Exceptionality (3 credits)

Understanding people with learning, behavior, sensory, and physical differences. Emphasis on examining the effects of culture and societal values on the inclusion of people with disabilities in home, school, and community settings. Community Engaged Learning (CEL) course.

Special Education 3010/5010 with CEL designation.

2. Disability Culture and Society (3 credits)

Explores disability from multiple perspectives. Students learn about the disability rights movement, disability laws and policies, and social attitudes that impact our whole society. Students participate in a service learning project that gives them a foundation for thinking about how to incorporate these perspectives into their own work and social lives.  Community Engaged Learning (CEL) course.
Political Science 5324-001

3. Elective Courses (12 credits)

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Elective courses must represent at least two of the three focus areas of PRACTICE, POLICY or CULTURE STUDIES. Only one elective course may be from the student’s major department.

Choose from a variety of disciplines, including:

  • American Sign Language
  • City and Metropolitan Planning
  • Communication
  • Education, Culture, and Society
  • English
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Family and Consumer Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Gerontology
  • History
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Urban Planning


Total: 18 hours

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll in the Disability Studies Minor?

Students who want to enroll in the minor should complete a Disability Studies Minor Program Form. This will help students identify the courses you want to take or have already taken that count toward the minor. Disability Studies Minor will be an open enrollment program; students may designate a Disability Studies Minor at any time during the year.

For more information, contact:

Kelly Brown, Disability Studies Advisor
University of Utah
520 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 


Can I get approval for a course that is not on the published Disability Studies Electives Course List?

Students may petition the Disability Studies Advisory Committee for approval of a course not on the list. Students will need to submit the course syllabus with their petitions. They will be encouraged to do so at the beginning of the course, but they may do so at any time afterwards with the understanding that the petition may not be approved. Disability Studies Electives Course List

For more information, contact:

Cathy Chambless, Coordinator of Disability Studies
Center for Public Policy & Administration
Orson Spencer Hall 212F