What are the Disability Studies (DIST) minor admissions criteria?
You must be a current UD undergraduate who has completed at least one semester. You must be in good standing academically (i.e., not on academic probation). You must have sufficient time in your program of study to complete all course requirements.
How do I add or drop the minor?
Log into UDSIS and initiate a “Change of Academic Plan” webform, which will be received and reviewed by the Minor program coordinator and the University Registrar. You will receive an e-mail notice and a copy of the form when it has been processed.
Can I double-count courses toward my major and the minor (or another minor)?
Yes, you can double-count classes unless your major prohibits that (most don’t). However, if you are double-counting make sure that you have enough credits in total for your degree.
Is it okay to take all of my minor electives within the same academic department as my major?
No. All students must take at least one DIST minor elective outside of their major requirements and major department.
Are the DIST minor’s required core courses (HDFS/SOCI 270, EDUC 230, DIST 465) offered every semester?
All three courses are offered every fall and spring. However, space is sometimes tight, so make sure you register as early as possible. Also, HDFS 270 and EDUC 230 are usually available in winter session.
Do I have to take HDFS 270 and EDUC 230 before HEPP 465 Senior Seminar?
If at all possible, we strongly recommend that you take HDFS 270 and EDUC 230 before taking the Senior Seminar. It is required that you take either HDFS 270 or EDUC 230 before enrolling in the Senior Seminar.
I heard that you have to have a background check before taking EDUC 230. What is involved?
Only Early Childhood and Elementary Education majors who need EDUC 230 for their major and the minor must complete the background check, because they will complete a field experience in public schools as part of the course. All other majors must enroll in the section of EDUC 230 that does not have the field experience attached and therefore they do not need to complete the background check.
I’m interested in taking a course back home and then transferring credits to UD. Can a transfer course count toward the minor?
With approval from the minor faculty coordinator and your minor advisor, a transfer course may count for any minor course, except the Senior Seminar. Send the course title, number and description (or a syllabus) to your minor advisor, and explain which minor core or elective you want the course to count toward. If approved, a note will be made on your official UD transcript that the course counts toward the minor. It is your responsibility to contact the registrars at each institution to arrange for the transfer.
I heard that independent studies can count toward minor electives. I’ve never done an independent study. What’s involved?
If you are looking for something different – a special field experience, a chance to try research, or simply explore a topic in more depth – you should consider doing an independent study under faculty supervision. Many faculty members are willing to have you assist with their research projects or will guide your study on a topic of mutual interest. Ask your professors about their research. You can also get ideas from the “Faculty Projects” page on the Undergraduate Research website. You and the supervising faculty member will complete a “contract” (use the Independent Study/DLE” webform in UDSIS). The contract outlines what you and the faculty member have agreed to do. You also will register for the course credits just as you would for any other class. The faculty member will tell you what course number to use. Remember to consult with your minor advisor about which of the minor electives the independent study might fulfill.
I am considering taking an online course for one of the minor electives. Will I get full credit if I take an online course?
Yes. As long as the course is the full 3-credits, it doesn’t matter if you take it online or in person. If the course is not on the pre-approved elective list, check with the minor coordinator to request approval.