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2022-2023 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Minor: Interdisciplinary Disability Studies

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Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 24

Other GPA requirements to earn minor: 2.0 in all Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor courses taken.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: A grade of C or better in all  Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Core Courses (minimum 9 Credits, DIS 300, DIS 400, and DIS 450).

Contact Information: Stephen Gilson, PhD, Professor and Coordinator, Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies,The University of Maine, 5717 Corbett Hall, Room 201, Orono, ME 04469-5717, (voice) - 207/581-1263; (fax) - 207/581-1231; V/TTY - 800/203-6957,

The curriculum in Interdisciplinary Disability Studies provides students a means to explore disability within the larger context of diversity and to examine professional practice, scholarship and policy related to persons with disabilities.  Administered through the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies, Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD), students may enroll in individual courses, DIS 300, 400, 450 (with permission of instructor), 470, 480 and 490 as electives, or in the Minor Interdisciplinary in Disability Studies. The Minor consists of 24 credits distributed among elective courses in three categories: social change, diversity studies, and environmental context; and 3 core interdisciplinary courses taught by faculty with expertise in disability studies, DIS 300, 400, and 450. For complete information about Interdisciplinary Disability Studies, please visit the Coordinator at 201 Corbett Hall, phone (207) 581-1263 or Prof. Stephen Gilson at

Elective Courses (15 credits)

Choose a minimum of one course (3 credits) from each of the three categories listed below. 

Environmental Context

Courses that address the full range of contexts in which people live, including virtual, spiritual, and other abstract contexts.

Diversity Studies

Courses that address aspects of human differences.

Social Changes

Courses that critically address social justice in small groups, communities, systems and intellectual trends.

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