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Requirements of the Disability Studies Minor


All students in the minor are required to complete three core courses, which have been designed to provide a strong foundation in disability studies. The first course, Introduction to Disability Studies (WIND 2100), introduces students to disability definitions, cultural meanings and representations, historical and contemporary rights issues, and to multiple perspectives of people living with disability. This course prepares students for Disability Studies Theory and Practice (WIND 4020), which explores the theoretical evolution of disability studies, legal and policy issues that impact people with disabilities, and national and international campaigns for disability rights. In this course, students also design research projects connected to their majors or professional fields. Finally, the Disability Studies Practicum (WIND 4500) provides students with an opportunity to spend a semester working in an environment with people with disabilities. Students have had placements with service providers, advocacy organizations, governmental agencies, and schools. These experiences provide students with tremendous opportunities to expand their knowledge about disability and gain exposure to professions they are preparing to enter.

In addition to the three core courses, students are required to complete three elective courses related to disability studies. One of these courses must be offered by WIND, and the other two can be selected from other UW course offerings. External electives should be selected in consultation with your Disability Studies faculty advisor.

The Disability Studies Minor requires 18 credit hours as follows:


Core Courses: 9 credits

WIND 2100 Introduction to Disability Studies (Freshman/Sophomore)
WIND 4020 Disability Studies Theory & Practice (Junior/Senior)
WIND 4500 Disability Studies Practicum (Senior)

WIND Elective: 3 credits selected from other WIND offerings

WIND 2700 Gender and Disability
WIND 2500 Topics in Disability Studies (lower division)
WIND 3160 Disability Civil Rights Movements
WIND 4050 Independent Study (variable credits)
WIND 4990 Topics in Disability Studies (upper division)

External Electives: 6 credits selected from other UW course offerings related to disability studies
(3 credits lower division & 3 credits upper division recommended)

Examples of possible electives (students should work with WIND faculty advisor to select electives that best fit their academic goals)

EDEX 2484 Introduction to Special Education
SPPA 2110 Beginning Sign Language
PSYC 4320 Intellectual Disability
FCSC 4124 Families of Young Children with Special Needs
SPPA 4070 Deaf Studies

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