The Disability Studies Minor is administered through the Feminist Institute of Social Transformation as of July 2018 (formerly housed in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies). The Disability Studies Minor offers students an opportunity to study disability as a category of analysis from an interdisciplinary approach. Students will be exposed to cutting edge theories, methodologies, and debates that explore disability from historical, cultural, political, economic, and social perspectives. Examples of areas of research interests will include disability and the law, disability and theories of sexuality, disability and policy, disability activism, disability movements (local and transnational), disability and race, and disability in literature and art, to name only a few. Disability Studies is an exciting and growing field with endless possibilities for learning.

The Minor consists of two required 0.5 credits in Disability Studies (DBST), 1.0 credit in predetermined courses in Social Work, Human Rights, and Sexuality Studies, and 2.0 credits from approved electives found in the calendar. This program will appeal to those interested in Disability Studies in general and/or to those who plan to work the area of human rights, social work, education, youth health, public policy, and counseling. Students should also use this minor as a specialization to enhance their undergraduate training in the Bachelor of Arts.


Beginning in July 2018, the program will be growing to include additional core requirements and more elective choices.  Currently enrolled students will not be required to fulfill the new requirements unless they choose to update to the new calendar requirements.
Please note that the old Program Requirements – for students who had enrolled in the Minor in Disability Studies in 2017/2018 and prior – can be found here. The PDF file of the old Program Requirements can be found here.
*Please note that DSBT 4001 is no longer offered and will be replaced by DBST 3001.

For all students who declare the minor in 2018/2019 or later, the new requirements are listed below.

Program Requirements 

Minor in Disability Studies (4.0 credits)

Open to all undergraduate degree students.

1.  2.0 credits in: 2.0
WGST 1808 [1.0]
Introduction to Feminist Social Transformation
or FYSM 1402 [1.0]
Issues in Women’s and Gender Studies
DBST 2001 [0.5]
Disabling Society
DBST 3001 [0.5]
Disability Studies: Policy and Activism
2.  1.0 credit from: 1.0
Disability and Childhood: Transnational Perspectives
HUMR 3304 [0.5]
Disability Rights
Critical Disability Studies
SOWK 4300 [0.5]
Social Work and Persons with Disabilities
SXST 3103 [0.5]
Sexuality and Disability
3.  1.0 credits in DBST or Approved Disability Studies Electives 1.0
4. The remaining requirements of the major discipline(s) and degree must be satisfied.
Total Credits 4.0


  1. Courses used to fulfill Items 2 and 3 above must be from more than one discipline.
  2. Other courses may be substituted for the credits specified in Items 2 and 3, when material on disability is central to the course. Such substitutions must be individually approved by the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies. Students are encouraged to consult course descriptions of Special Topics courses.
Note: access to these courses is not guaranteed, and may depend on space availability and the satisfaction of other requirements such as course prerequisites.
ANTH 3310 [0.5]
Studies in Medical Anthropology
ANTH 4780 [0.5]
Anthropology of Personhood
Critical Race Studies
CRST 2001 [0.5]
Introduction to Critical Race Studies
CRST 4001 [0.5]
Advanced Critical Race Studies
First Year Seminars (FYSM)
FYSM 1504 [1.0]
Society and the Designed Environment
HIST 3515 [0.5]
Madness in Modern Times
Human Rights
HUMR 3504 [0.5]
Public Health and Human Rights
HUMR 4305 [0.5]
Disability and Social Justice
LAWS 3503 [0.5]
Equality and Discrimination
LAWS 3508 [0.5]
Health Law
LAWS 4503 [0.5]
Law, Disability and Society
PSYC 2301 [0.5]
Introduction to Health Psychology
PSYC 2500 [0.5]
Foundations of Developmental Psychology
Public Administration
PADM 4221 [0.5]
Health Policy in Canada
PADM 4817 [0.5]
Health Policy in Developing Countries
Sexuality Studies
SXST 2101 [0.5]
Sexuality Studies: A Critical Introduction
SXST 2102 [0.5]
Sexuality, Gender, and Security
SXST 3103 [0.5]
Sexuality and Disability
SXST 3104 [0.5]
Transnational Sexualities
SXST 3106 [0.5]
Queer(ing) Archives
SXST 4101 [0.5]
Interdisciplinary Studies of Sexuality
SXST 4102 [0.5]
Queer Theory
SXST 4103 [0.5]
Politics of Kink
SXST 4104 [0.5]
Sexuality and Political Economy
SXST 4105 [0.5]
Queer Ecologies
SXST 4106 [0.5]
Queer Aesthetics: Affect, Cultural Production, Sexuality
Social Work
SOWK 4300 [0.5]
Social Work and Persons with Disabilities
SOCI 2050 [0.5]
Sociology of Health
SOCI 3050 [0.5]
Studies in the Sociology of Health
SOCI 3056 [0.5]
Women and Health
Technology, Society, Environment Studies
TSES 3001 [0.5]
Technology-Society Interactions
Women’s and Gender Studies
WGST 2801 [0.5]
Activism, Feminisms, and Social Justice
WGST 2803 [0.5]
Body Matters: The Politics of Bodies
WGST 2811 [0.5]
WGST 2812 [0.5]
Selected Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGST 2814 [0.5]
Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Production
WGST 3803 [0.5]
Feminisms and Transnationalism
WGST 3807 [0.5]
Gendered Violence
WGST 3812 [0.5]
Selected Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGST 4812 [0.5]
Selected Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies