Mission Statement

The Disability Studies Minor seeks to prepare graduates who are excited to build a more inclusive and accessible world. We teach students not only to examine the social and cultural meanings associated with disability but to challenge problematic assumptions and structures that threaten equity, equality, and accessibility. Students who minor in Disability Studies will leave the University with both the knowledge and tools not only to effect change in the workplace and their communities, but to recognize disability as a valued identity and a way of living in the world.

Academic Advisement

The Disability Studies Minor helps students select the courses that best satisfy their individual needs and interests. Contact Director Leilani Hall at (818) 677-3428 to schedule an appointment.

The College of Humanities (COH) Student Services Center/EOP reviews students’ progress to ensure that the requirements of a minor in Disability Studies are fulfilled. Call (818) 677-4784 or (818) 677-4767 to schedule an appointment with the COH Student Services Center/EOP.


This interdisciplinary minor enhances a career by preparing students to understand the social, political, cultural, and health implications of disability. By emphasizing disability as a way of living in the world, the program prepares students to work in diverse community settings and provides methods of making society more inclusive to those who live with disabilities. In addition, this minor equips students with the tools necessary not only to work across disciplines, but to integrate the methods of multiple disciplines into a singular project.

Finally, the Disability Studies Minor contributes to the professional development of students. Those who complete the minor will have the opportunity to have at least one significant experience with community service. Such experience can help students make important contacts in their chosen professions and develop important skills for collaborating effectively with others. Topics studied in the minor can be applied not only within academic and professional disciplines but also in other real-world circumstances.

The minor’s requirements make it easy to integrate with a student’s General Education courses or the student’s major.


Director: Leilani Hall
Sierra Tower (ST) 820
(818) 677-3428