Center on Disability Studies

Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies

The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies (DDS) is a 15 credit graduate level (master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral) program sponsored by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) in the College of Education. CDS also offers both graduate and undergraduate level Disability Studies courses that can be taken as electives. An interdisciplinary approach to disability and diversity issues, the program attracts students across disciplines including, but not limited to, education, social work, psychology, computer science, sociology, public health, law, nursing, and political science. Students participate in interdisciplinary experiences with the goal to acquire skills in joint planning, decision-making, goal setting and to understand contemporary disability issues, research, and effective practices from a social, political, cultural and historical context.


Students are required to take a minimum of 15 graduate credits (typically 5 classes) in order to receive the Certificate in Disability and Diversity Studies. Students must apply for the Certificate via the UH Graduate Division before completing their coursework in order to receive the Certificate. Students are advised to apply for the Certificate as soon as possible so that they receive proper advisement for the program. Required courses are listed below. For course descriptions, please see the Course Information page.All courses are offered through distance education. Non-residents (international and out of state students) may apply for DDS courses through Outreach College and pay in-state tuition rates.

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • DIS 681: Multicultural Issues and Disability (3 credits)
  • DIS 683: Disability & Diversity Issues (3 credits)
  • DIS 684: Interdisciplinary Team Development (3 credits)

Fieldwork or Independent Study (3 credits)

  • DIS 698: Fieldwork/Research (3 credits)
  • DIS 699: Independent Study (3 credits)

Fieldwork or Independent Study (3 credits)

  • DIS 682 Special Topics in Disability & Diversity Studies (3 credits)
  • DIS 687 Advanced Seminar on Disability Issues (3 credits)
  • Other (one 3 credit course offered by other departments may serve as an elective but must have a concentration on disability and/or diversity and must be approved by the Program Coordinator)