Individualized Studies Major

The Disability Studies program offers a faculty-designed major through Individualized Studies. To obtain an Individualized Studies Major in Disability Studies, you must complete 55 credits, of which 35 must be upper division, and complete the General Education requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information about the Disability Studies major, contact the Disability Studies advisor, Jamie Barnhorst

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 (15 credits) 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. 

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Disability Studies (DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 230, 5 credits), offered in Autumn
  • Disability Law, Policy, and the Community (DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 433, 5 credits), offered in Winter
  • Civil and Human Rights Law for Disabled People (DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 434, 5 credits), offered in Autumn
  • Advanced Seminar in Disability Studies (DIS ST 435, 5 credits), offered in Spring

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)