Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Minor in Disabilities Studies

The minor in disabilities studies is offered in collaboration with programs in Linguistics, Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Work, and Special Education. This minor is open to any USM major and will prepare a student to work with special populations in a myriad of settings including community recreation, education, and therapeutic recreation. The minor in Disabilities Studies allows students to create their course of study from a variety of options.

Minimum number of credits required for the minor: 21

Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses required for the minor.

Required courses: (15 credits)
ADS 300 Ethics and Youth with Exceptionalities
ADS 400 Seminar in Disabilities Studies
PSY 233 or SBS 303 Abnormal Psychology
REC 253 Implications of Disabling Conditions for Therapeutic Recreation or REC 324 Inclusive and Special Recreation
SBS 315 Social Psychology of Disability

Choose two electives from the following: (6 credits)
ADS 400 Seminar in Disabilities Studies (may be taken twice)
ASL 101, 102 Beginning American Sign Language I and II
LIN 105 Contrastive Analysis: ASL and English
LIN 203 Introduction to the Deaf World
PSY 366 Drugs, Mind, and Behavior
SBS 335 Legal Issues in Health and Human Services
SBS 343 Substance Abuse
SBS/ECE/LAE 393 Exceptionality in Early Childhood Education
SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education
SED 420 Multi-tiered Systems Support (MTSS) in Education
SWO 388 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Issues

Some courses may have prerequisites.

With permission, 9 transfer credits will be allowed. If transfer credits are allowed, 12 credits are required to be taken at USM.