The Disability Studies Program offers a faculty-designed major through Individualized Studies. The Disability Studies Major is designed to provide a comprehensive curriculum in Disability Studies that includes the incorporation of the lived experiences of disabled people.


Review the Disability Studies Degree Requirements

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.
  • Complete the prerequisite course (DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 230: "Introduction to Disability Studies") with a minimum grade of 2.0.
  • Print and fill out a Disability Studies Application Form.
  • Attach a personal statement outlining your educational objectives.
  • Set up an appointment with the Disability Studies adviser to go over your application. Make any revisions suggested.
  • 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
Disability Studies Program

​Learn more on the Disability Studies web site.