Minor in Disability Studies

Program Advisor:
Dr. Pamela Brillante
Phone: 973-720-2279
Office: Valley Road, Room 3102
Email: brillantep@wpunj.edu

Program Description:

Disability is one category of diversity and identify that permeates race, gender, age, and socioeconomic groups. Disability has always been a natural part of the human experience, but individuals with disabilities continue to be marginalized and oppressed, and are traditionally not included in other efforts to increase diversity in society.

The goal of the program is for students to pro-actively explore the nature and meaning of disability as a social construct instead of as a medical deficit, and to explore laws, policies, cultures, and history as a way to de-stigmatize disease, illness, and impairment across all areas of society.

Professional Outcomes:

Individuals with disabilities are the largest minority group in the United States, and most people will eventually experience the impact of a disability for themselves or a family member through development, accident, or aging.

An academic program in Disability Studies may be of specific interest to students who seek to have careers or continued graduate education in the areas of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Public Policy, Government, Law Enforcement, Education, Mental Health Counseling, or Social Work.

View Requirements and Course Descriptions: Disability Studies Minor

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Starting in Fall 2019, a BA in Disability Studies will be offered. Please contact Dr. Brillante for information regarding requirements and coursework.