Fall 2018 Courses

  • DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 230 Introduction to Disability Studies, Heather Evans, M/W 10:00-11:20
  • DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 332 Disability and Society: Murderball, Savants, and Crip Art: Disability in Popular Culture, Heather Evans, T/Th 8:30-10:20
  • DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 332 Disability and Society: Redesigning Humanity: Science Fiction and the Future of the Body, Joanne Woiak, M/W 10:30-12:20
  • DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 346 Disability in Global and Comparative Perspective, Stephen Meyers, T/Th 10:30-12:20
  • DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 434 Civil and Human Rights Law for Disabled People, Sharan Brown, T/Th 1:30-3:20

Academic Advising 

To schedule an advising appointment please visit: uwlsjadvising.acuityscheduling.com

Disability Studies Major (Individualized Studies)

The Disability Studies Major investigates, enhances, and complements the understanding of disability by incorporating social, cultural, historical, political, legal and educational perspectives. While the conceptualization of disability changes over time, disability itself is a constant component of human existence. The Disability Studies Major was designed to provide a comprehensive curriculum in Disability Studies that includes the incorporation of the lived experiences of disabled people. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.0 UW GPA
  • Minimum of 45 credits earned
  • Completed DIS ST/LJS/CHID 230: Introduction to Disability Studies with a minimum grade of 2.0
  • Disability Studies is a minimum admission major, accepting applications at any time.

Degree Requirements (view degree requirements in detail here)

Note: Students must also complete the General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences, including foreign language through 103 or equivalent. Minimum 55 credits, 35 of which must be upper division.

A. Disability Studies Core Courses—ALL of the following (15 credits)

DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 230 (5): Introduction to Disability Studies [AUT]
DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 433 (5): Disability, Law, Policy, and the Community [WIN]
DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 434 (5): Civil and Human Rights Law for Disabled People [AUT]

B. Courses Directly Related to Disability Studies—TWO from Section B list (6-10 credits)

Note: A handful of special topics courses, such as “The History of Eugenics”, may be considered for use in the Directly Related category. Please see the Disability Studies adviser for permission to use a course not on this list.

C. Courses Broadly Related to Disability Studies—ONE course from each subset of Section C list (16-20 credits)

Identity Theory (3-5 credits)
Value Theory (5 credits)
Science Studies (3-5 credits)
Civil and Human Rights (3-5 credits)

D. Enough Additional Credits from Section B and C lists to Reach the Minimum 55 Credits (5-13 credits)

Any course not on the approved lists must be approved by the Disability Studies adviser.

E. DIS ST 435: Adv. Seminar in Disability Studies [SPR] OR INDIV 493: Senior Study (5 credits)

A final independent study project/paper on a topic of interest to you within the field of disability studies. This represents the culmination of your studies in disability studies. (This course will also count as 5 credits toward your “Additional Writing” requirement.)

Apply to the Disability Studies Major

To apply to the Disability Studies major, please make an advising appointment to talk with an adviser. You can make an appointment here: https://uwlsjadvising.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php 

Disability Studies Minor

The Disability Studies Minor requires students take 30 credits (6 courses). All students pursuing a Disability Studies Minor must study the content in THREE of the core courses (DIS ST 230, either DIS ST 433 or DIS ST 434, and DIS ST 435) in order to acquire a baseline understanding of Disability Studies. These courses encourage students to engage in the theory, history, and experience of disabled people and provide a strong foundation in preparation for career development, including further academic studies. In addition, students must take 15 credits of elective courses from the list of approved courses. The Disability Studies advisers are happy to chat with you about the minor, but the declaration process will take place with your major adviser. 

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Disability Studies (DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 230, 5 credits), AUT or SPR - required
  • Disability Law, Policy, and the Community (DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 433, 5 credits), WIN - required to take either DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 433 or DIS ST /LSJ/CHID 434
  • Civil and Human Rights Law for Disabled People (DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 434, 5 credits), AUT - required to take either DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 433 or DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 434
  • Advanced Seminar in Disability Studies (DIS ST 435, 5 credits), SPR - required

Disability Studies Approved Electives List

Seattle Campus

  • Identities: Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Anthropology (ANTH 228)
  • Anthropology of the Body (ANTH 305)
  • Comparative Study of Death (ANTH 322/RELIG 320)
  • Narrative, Literature, and Medical Anthropology (ANTH 374)
  • Social Difference and Medical Knowledge (ANTH 474)
  • Perspectives in Medical Anthropology (ANTH 475)
  • Culture, Medicine, and the Body (ANTH 476)
  • Introduction to the Anthropology of Institutions (ANTH 478)
  • Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology: Anthropology of Disability (ANTH 479)
  • Intermediate American Sign Language I (ASL 201)
  • Intermediate American Sign Language II (ASL 202)
  • Intermediate American Sign Language III (ASL 203)
  • Introduction to Deaf Studies (ASL 305)
  • Deaf History (ASL 306)
  • Literature and Poetry (ASL 495)
  • History of Eugenics (B H / DIS ST 421)
  • The Comics Get Real: Nonfiction in Graphic Narrative (C LIT 396)
  • Integrated Dance: History, Methodology, and Praxis (DANCE 336)
  • Disability & Society (DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 332)
  • Disability in the Arts (DIS ST 419)
  • Topics in Disability Studies (DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 430)
  • The Purpose of Public Schools in a Democracy (EDUC 305)
  • Geography of Inequality (GEO 342)
  • Introduction to Women's Studies (GWSS 200)
  • Disability in Global and Comparative Perspective (LSJ/DIS ST/JSIS 346)
  • Politics of Rights (LSJ 420)
  • Crime, Law, and Mental Illness (LSJ/DIS ST/CHID 437)
  • Topics in Rights: Disability and Citizenship: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (LSJ 491)
  • Introduction to Medical Ethics (PHIL 242)
  • Moral Issues of Life and Death (PHIL 345)
  • Philosophy and Disability (PHIL 409)
  • Introduction to Social Work Practice (SOC WF 200)
  • Cultural Diversity and Justice (SOC WF 404)
  • Empowerment Practice with Persons with Disabilities (Open to all majors) (SOCW 576)

The following Seattle campus courses vary in their Disability Studies related content. Check with the Disability Studies Advisor to ensure that content will satisfy the Minor.

  • Integrated Dance: Training and Composition (DANCE 235)
  • Special Topics (when offered as Feminism and Disability) (GWSS 290)
  • Disability in Russian Culture (RUSS 120)
  • Illness, Death and Disability in Modern Europe (RUSS 420/C LIT 496)

Bothell Campus

  • Topics in Performance Studies (BIS 322)
  • Disability and Human Rights (BIS 325)