Disability Studies Courses

Explore topics in disability studies

The following course list includes all options for this minor. The typical offerings listed for each course are estimates and subject to change. Work with your advisor when scheduling your classes each semester.

  • ANT 330 Peoples and Cultures

    Anthropological study of a cultural region of the world (such as the Caribbean, Latin America, or Southeastern Indians), including environment, subsistence, technology, economy, social and political organization, and religion. Identical with AAS 330. Cannot receive credit for both ANT 330 and AAS 330. Variable content course. May be repeated when topic changes.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • ANT 365 Human Variation

    Prerequisite: ANT 304, or BIO 101 and 111, or BIO 121, or BMS 100 and 101, or BMS 110 and 111.

    An examination of ways in which humans have adapted both genetically and physiologically to a wide variety of environments and how these adaptations have produced the biological variation seen in contemporary human populations. Major topics will include historical and current approaches to classifying human groups, human growth and development, adaptation and acclimatization to specialized environments, genetic disease, and tracing lineages through DNA analysis. It will also explore recent studies relating human biology to social constructs such as gender, race, ethnicity, and intelligence.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • ART 366 Elementary Art Education

    Prerequisite: ART 360.

    Overview of artistic growth of children; survey of philosophies, issues, methods, materials, resources, processes, and strategies for teaching art and integrating it into the school curriculum; unit and lesson planning, assessment, and evaluation. Lecture, discussion, studio, and classroom observations. Credited only for BSEd.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    323Fall
  • ART 401 Teaching of Art

    Prerequisite: ART 366; and EDC 350 or concurrent enrollment; and admitted to teacher education program.

    Artistic and aesthetic growth of adolescents; survey of philosophies, issues, methods, materials, resources, processes, and strategies for teaching art in secondary schools; observation; unit and lesson planning; microteaching. Credited only on BSEd (Secondary). A grade of "C" or better is required in this course in order to take ART 490 or ART 491. Cannot be taken Pass/Not Pass.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    323Spring
  • BUS 307 Business in the Community

    Prerequisite: undergraduate business majors must be admitted to degree program.

    Study and application of business within the community. Topics include: planning and management of organizations from the viewpoint of education, community, and business; development of new business; organizational structure; interpersonal skills; funding and allocation resources of private, public and non-profit organizations. Allows for direct contact with local community leaders in education and business as well as opportunity to develop individual skills. Group dynamics and individual initiative are emphasized. May be available with BUS 305 Service Learning option. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    2Upon demand
  • COM 360 Intercultural Communication Theory and Research

    Prerequisite: COM 209 and COM 210 and COM 260.

    A survey of intercultural communication theory, research, and contemporary applications.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • COM 507 Health Communication and Culture

    The examination of intercultural communication concepts in the health care context. Emphasis will be on understanding the health needs of diverse populations, Western health practices, non-Western health practices, and the conflicts that can emerge when cultures collide. May be taught concurrently with COM 604. Cannot receive credit for both COM 507 and COM 604.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall (even-numbered years)
  • CSD 330 Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL)

    A beginning level course in American Sign Language. Students will gain information about the history and structure of this unique visual/gestural system of communication, its vocabulary and syntax, and practical experience in its use, both expressively and receptively. May be taught concurrently with CSD 636. Cannot receive credit for both CSD 330 and CSD 636.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330Fall, SpringLANG 105 - Foreign Language I.
  • CSD 331 American Sign Language (ASL) II

    Prerequisite: CSD 330.

    An advanced beginning level course in American Sign Language. Students will gain more complex introductory information about the history and structure of this unique visual/gestural system of communication, its vocabulary and syntax, and practical experience in its use, both expressively and receptively. May be taught concurrently with CSD 637. Cannot receive credit for both CSD 331 and CSD 637.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330Fall, SpringLANG 106 - Foreign Language II.
  • CSD 380 Development, Diversity, and Deafness

    Includes prevalence, terminology and the effects of hearing loss and its management on child development. Comprehensive scope of communication options will be explored. Exceptionalities, including cultural and linguistic differences among individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing will be considered within the context of family and development, both educationally and socially. May be taught concurrently with CSD 685. Cannot receive credit for both CSD 380 and CSD 685.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • DAS 100 Introduction to Disability Studies

    This course provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the many dimensions of Disability Studies, including the history, social, cultural, political, legal, and economic perspectives on disability in American society.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • DAS 397 Topics in Disability Studies

    Prerequisite: DAS 100 and permission.

    Topics of general interest in the area of Disability Studies. Examples: disability cultures, disability rights movement, deaf culture, disability and the law. Variable content course. May be repeated as topics change to a maximum of 6 hours.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • DAS 497 Directed Readings

    Prerequisite: permission.

    Analysis of various topics in Disability Studies not covered in regular courses. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours, provided that the topic is different.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • ENG 287 Life Stages in Literature

    Prerequisite: ENG 110.

    Study of poetry, fiction, drama, biography, and autobiography selected to explore how factors such as historical era, ethnicity, religion, social class, family structure, and gender shape one's experience of life stages; emphasis on class discussion and various kinds of writing, some of it autobiographical; an introductory literature course for English majors and non-majors.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • ENG 563 Literature and Medicine

    Prerequisite: 60 hours.

    This course examines literary representations of health and illness, ability and disability, and cultural practices of healing. Drawing on major theoretical movements in medical humanities, students will situate literary texts within the ethical situations and institutional structures of their community and culture. May be taught concurrently with ENG 663. Cannot receive credit for both ENG 563 and ENG 663.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • HST 397 Special Topics in History

    Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours of history. A variable content, variable credit course. Specific subject matter will change from term to term, depending upon the interests of professor and student. May be repeated, as topics change, to a maximum of 6 credit hours. Variable content course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • HST 597 Topics in History

    Prerequisite: 50 hours.

    The topics studied will change from term to term depending on the interests of professors and students. May be repeated as topics change. Variable content course. May be taught concurrently with HST 697. Cannot receive credit for both HST 697 and HST 597.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • KIN 130 Adapted Physical Activity

    Prerequisite: physician's approval.

    Adapted physical activity to meet the needs of students with disabilities and other physical limitations. May be repeated for credit.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    102Fall, Spring
  • KIN 468 Adapted Physical Education

    Prerequisite: grade of "C" or better in KIN 360 and in KIN 362; and cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better for EMS majors and a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of 2.75 or higher for Physical Education majors.

    Emphasizes nature and scope of physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities; referral, placement, and programming in physical education; federal and state laws that pertain to the education and physical education of special populations; and instruction in the modification of motor and fitness activities, and therapeutic exercise. Three hours of directed practicum per week. Exercise and Movement Science majors are required to earn a grade of "C" or better in this course. A grade of "C" or better is required in this course in order to take KIN 493 or KIN 496. May be taught concurrently with KIN 668. Cannot receive credit for both KIN 468 and KIN 668.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    424Fall, Spring
  • PLN 505 Social Planning

    This course will address planning practice in relation to values of justice, equity, fairness, and efficiency. In particular the course will focus upon inclusion of different community groups within the planning decision making process. A field project is required. May be taught concurrently with PLN 605. Cannot receive credit for both PLN 505 and PLN 605.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • PSY 354 Gender and Sexuality in Later Life

    Prerequisite: PSY 121; and GST 170 or 45 hours.

    A comparison of the aging experiences of men and women in later life. The relevance of gender, gender roles and sexuality to the aging process will be considered. Specific topics of analysis will include the gender gap in longevity, psychological and physical health, LGBTQ status, minority status, socioeconomic status, family relationships, and public policy issues. Identical with GER 354. Cannot receive credit for both GER 354 and PSY 354.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • REC 205 Concepts in Therapeutic Recreation

    Prerequisite: REC 152 or concurrent enrollment.

    Orientation to the broad applications of clinical and community based therapeutic recreation approaches to programs and services for individuals with disabilities. Specific considerations given to mental retardation, developmental disabilities, mental illness, physical disabilities, aging, juvenile and adult corrections.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • REL 397 Religious Studies Topics

    Recommended Prerequisite: 3 hours in Religious Studies. Selected topics of general interest in Religious Studies. Examples: Introduction to Archaeology and the Bible, Women in the Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, the Holocaust, C. S. Lewis, Food and American Religion. May be repeated, as topics change, to a maximum of 9 hours. Variable content course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    1-3Upon demand
  • SOC 420 Social Inequality

    Prerequisite: SOC 150.

    An analysis of the structure, sources, and consequences of social inequality and the dimensions along which it may be observed.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • SWK 219 Human Diversity

    General Education Course (Focus on Cultural Competence).

    Content and skill development pertinent to working with diverse racial, cultural, ethnic, and other populations such as persons with physical disabilities and mental illnesses. This course is designed primarily to inform and sensitize individuals for effective interventions within a heterogeneous society. A grade of "C" or better is required for admission to the BSW program.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • THE 506 Creative Dramatics

    The art of creative drama and how it can be used in the school and community with children, youth, adults, and "special populations." Students teach their own classes in creative drama during the latter part of the semester. May be taught concurrently with THE 606. Cannot receive credit for both THE 606 and THE 506.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • THE 515 Theatre for Social Change

    Prerequisite: THE 323.

    Theoretical and practical knowledge for developing performances for, about, and in partnership with community-based nonprofit organizations. Includes volunteer assignment and techniques for journaling, interviewing, scripting, and directing original material. May be taught concurrently with THE 616. Cannot receive credit for both THE 616 and THE 515. Public Affairs Capstone Experience course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall