Center on Disability Studies

Undergraduate and Graduate-Level Disability Studies Courses

Undergraduate Disability Studies Courses

DIS 380: Disability & Diversity (Offered in the Fall, Spring, & Summer)​

Through this course students will gain greater awareness of diverse populations and the different ways people learn, identify themselves, and how they see and make sense of the world. By understanding that difference is “normal,” students will increase their sensitivity towards diverse populations.

DIS 382: Accessible Learning Technology (Offered in the Fall & Spring)​

This course covers U.S. Federal Laws and guidelines, accessible technology, creating accessible instructional media, developing long-term resources, advancing accessible social interaction between students and students with instructors, and using case studies as examples of good practices.

DIS 383: Disability History and Culture: From Homer to Hip Hop (Offered in the Fall)​

This Writing Intensive Focus course encourages students to consider disability history and culture in the context of our wider society. Who were the Greeks who created their own society for veterans with disabilities? Was a 13th century Mali warrior, born with disabilities, the basis for the story of “The Lion King”? How does Kalaupapa fit into the history of disabilities? What does Hip Hop have to do with disability culture?

Graduate-Level Disability Studies Courses

*Denotes required course for the Certificate Program

DIS 675 (alpha): Supporting Multilingual Learners (Offered in the Fall, Spring, & Summer)​

This Writing Intensive Focus course encourages students to consider disability history and culture in the context of our wider society. Who were the Greeks who created their own society for veterans with disabilities? Was a 13th century Mali warrior, born with disabilities, the basis for the story of “The Lion King”? How does Kalaupapa fit into the history of disabilities? What does Hip Hop have to do with disability culture?

DIS 680: Disability History Across the Ages (Offered in the Spring)

This course provides a historical overview of disability that visits diverse perspectives, attitudes, and treatment toward individuals with disabilities through many centuries, societies, and cultures throughout the world; and how people with disabilities perceived themselves.

DIS 681: Multicultural Issues and Disability * (Offered in the Fall)

This course emphasizes knowledge and a foundational understanding of disability related cultural variances with the intent of supporting individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families.

DIS 682: Special Topics in Disability & Diversity Studies (Offered in the Spring)​

This course explores disability and diversity across time and space to gain an understanding and context for how the past affects the present and future.

DIS 683: Disability & Diversity Issues * (Offered in the Fall)​

Through this course students will develop an understanding about issues individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, colleagues, and allies encounter in today’s society.  This includes information about the lives of individuals with disabilities and perceptions of impairment; policies and legislation; diversity issues; advocacy issues; service provision issues; educational issues; and how these may be seen through the lens of research and active learning.

DIS 684: Interdisciplinary Team Development * (Offered in the Spring)​

This course provides opportunities for students to develop theoretical and applied family-centered and culturally sensitive approaches to building effective partnerships and facilitating collaborative teams with professionals, persons with disabilities, and their families.

DIS 687: Advanced Seminar on Disability Issues (Offered in the Spring)

This seminar course offers in-depth explorations of compelling topics related to the social, political, and economic integration of individuals with disabilities of all ages, their families and allies and professionals working in the field. Students will have the opportunity to plan and deliver their own seminar topic session.

DIS 698: Fieldwork/Research (Offered in the Fall and Spring for Certificate Students Only)​

This course provides field-based experiences designed to apply evidence-based practices and evaluate their effectiveness. Mentorship at multiple levels is provided.

DIS 699:  Independent Study * (Offered in the Fall and Spring for Certificate Students Only)​

This course provides guided independent research and writing experience. Students write a rigorous research or directed readings paper focused on disability and cultural diversity or interdisciplinary issues.