Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor

Students on South MallDisability Studies is an academic field that is both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, examining the experience of disability from a spectrum of “truths.” Most importantly, people living with disability and their experiences are integral to what we learn and understand.

With the Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor, students will have the opportunity to design a broad-based minor by taking an array of courses in various disciplines focusing on how disability is constructed, viewed, and understood culturally, politically, economically, and socially. Students will have the option to focus on an area of interest.

Focused tracks may include law, architecture, social work, medicine, public health, education, anthropology, business, the arts, philosophy.

The Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor requires completion of 15 semester hours of coursework, all of which must be taken on a letter grade basis with a C minimum.

To be eligible, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Minimum UT GPA of 2.50
  • Submit a personal statement of interest

All interested students must apply for admission through the online application.

Required courses

  • SW 325 – Foundations of Social Justice
  • SW 360K – Social Construction of Disability
  • SW 360K – Making Systems Work for People with Disabilities

Two approved electives from the following list:

  • ALD 322 – Individual Differences
  • ANT 302 – Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 349C – Human Variation
  • CSD 306K – Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • CSD 308K – Perspectives of Deafness
  • E 376M – Deviant Bodies: Disability, Race, and Sexuality
  • EDP 376T – Disability and Culture in Education
  • KIN 352K – Sport and Disability
  • KIN 360 – Programming for People with Disabilities
  • KIN 352K – Adapted Fitness and Recreation
  • SW 311 – Sign Language for Social Workers I
  • SW 360K – Aging and Disability
  • SW 360K – Family Support, Self-Determination, and Disability
  • SW 360K – Developmental Disabilities and Self Advocacy
  • SW 360K – Women and Disability

The application for the Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor is live until April 5 for Fall 2019 admission. You may access the application here.