Individualized Studies at the University of Washington - College of Arts and Sciences

Individualized Studies - Faculty-Designed Majors - Disability Studies - Overview

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.

How to Apply

Disability Studies is a minimum admission requirements major, accepting applications at any time. To apply, you must have completed DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 230: "Introduction to Disability Studies" with a minimum grade of 2.0. In addition, you must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and have a UW gpa of 2.0 or higher.

  1. Complete the prerequisite course (DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 230: "Introduction to Disability Studies") with a minimum grade of 2.0.
  2. Print and fill out a Disability Studies Proposal Form.
  3. Attach a personal statement outlining your educational objectives.
  4. Set up an appointment with the Disability Studies adviser to go over your application. Make any revisions suggested.
  5. When your application is approved by the Disability Studies adviser, bring the approved application to 141 Mary Gates Hall and turn it in at the front desk; an Individualized Studies adviser will do a change of major form to declare the major for you.

Disability Studies Adviser

For information about the field of Disability Studies, and to apply to the major:

Jamie Barnhorst
206-616-2352
c21@uw.edu

Disability Studies Program

To learn more about the Disability Studies program, visit the website.

Individualized Studies Advisers

For questions about how Individualized Studies works and to apply for graduation:

Jim Scott
206-221-6064
jimscott@uw.edu

Ann Trail
206-685-2777
trail@uw.edu

Kurt Xyst
206-543-7682
kxy@uw.edu

Note: The symbols used in the header for this page are characters belonging to a written language named "Blissymbolics." Invented by Charles K. Bliss in the mid-1940's as a method for facilitating communication between people who speak different languages, it has since been adopted by non-speaking people as a popular method of augmentive and alternative communication. The page header features the symbol for a field of study, combined with the symbol for (dis)ability, surrounded by the symbol for the human body.