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 hours of coursework. Coursework for the Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor must be taken on a letter grade basis and earn a letter grade of C or higher.

All interested students must apply for admission through the online application. The Fall 2019 application for the Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor is live through 3:00pm on November 15, 2019.


Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor application requirements:

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

Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Minor required courses:

  • SW 325 – Foundations of Social Justice
  • SW 355.1 – Social Construction of Disability (formally SW 360K.19)
  • SW 355.2 – Making Systems Work for People with Disabilities (formally SW 360K.24)

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
  • N 347 – Specialized Topics in Nursing
  • SED 303 – Autism Spectrum Disorder: Truths and Consequences
  • KIN 352K – Sport and Disability
  • KIN 352K – Adapted Fitness and Recreation
  • KIN 360 – Programming for People with Disabilities
  • SW 360K.20 – Aging and Disability
  • SW 360K.27 – Family Support, Self-Determination, and Disability
  • SW 360K.28 – Developmental Disabilities and Self Advocacy
  • SW 360K.25 – Women and Disability
  • SW 360K – Sexuality and Disability

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