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Disability Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores social, political, cultural, and economic factors that shape disability; considers the ways disability is understood and constructed across different historical moments, cultures, and nations; examines the intersectional relationships amongst disability, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality; and foregrounds the experiences and perspectives of disabled activists, scholars, artists, and thinkers.

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Take a Disability Studies Course

If you’d like to see what our Disability courses are like, you should take our introductory course: DISAB 3000.

Explore the concept of disability in health, education, employment and legal systems, as well as the perspectives of people with disabilities themselves and critically examine factors that support systemic oppression and methods and strategies of moving toward a more inclusive society.

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Attend Upcoming & Watch Past Disability Studies Lectures

Learn directly from leading Disability Studies experts through our annual Disability Studies Lecture, where we explore exceptional research and hold critical discussion on intersectional scholarship, models of excellence and more.

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Join the Faculty/Staff Disability Studies Mailing List

If you are faculty or staff interested in disability-related topics, research, or events, and you would like to be included on our Disability Studies mailing list, please contact Angela Smith at

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Ask Us a Question

For questions about the Disability Studies Program, please contact our Disability Studies Program Director, Dr. Angela M. Smith, at

Transform Your Degree

US cultural ideals of beauty, youth, fitness, strength, sex appeal, social skill, mental acuity and “health” all rely on norms of ablebodiedness, heterosexuality and whiteness. Thus, we approach disability not as fixed or singular category, but as a fluid, historically shifting, culturally-specific formation that intersects with race, class, gender, language and nation.

The Disability Studies minor provides an interdisciplinary learning experience about key disability issues while also attuning you to varied ways of thinking, communicating and moving through the world. Together we will work together to crip — or disturb — contemporary epistemologies of disability.

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