The Ohio State University Disability Studies Program, established in 1997, emphasizes interdisciplinary and intersectional work in disability studies. We treat disability as a political, cultural and social process, placing as much importance on structures, relations and representations as on individual bodies. We value collaborative research and learning, and each year, we are visited by distinguished scholars and activists. Recent visitors sponsored by the Disability Studies Program include Liat Ben-Moshe, Diana Louis, Jay Dolmage, Aimi Hamraie, Mimi Khúc, Ann Fox, Sami Schalk, Jina Kim and Michael Montoya.
Our program features an engaged group of faculty, caring advisors, and passionate students. We regularly collaborate with student groups including the Disability Studies Graduate Student Association, Graduate Association for Mental Health Action and Advocacy, DISCO Graduate Caucus, and Abilities: An Alliance of People With and Without Disabilities.
Disability Studies Undergraduate Minor
Please visit the Disability Studies Minor page for more information.
Disability Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization
The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization allows graduate students to supplement their major course of study with courses such as Introduction to Graduate Study in Disability Studies; Mental Health and Disability Policy; Inclusive Education Research; Disability and Visual Culture; and more.
The GIS requires 14 to 16 credit hours of course work, with a minimum of three different courses. Graduate students who wish to complete the GIS should consult with the Director of Disability Studies, Dr. Margaret Price, to determine a course of study.
- At least nine hours must be taken outside the student's home department.
- Courses taken within the student's home department must be at the 5000-level or above.
- No more than two courses may be taken from a single department.
- No more than one course may be an American Sign Language course.
- A maximum of two hours of DSABLST 5700: Disability Studies Workshop can be applied toward the GIS.
- A maximum of two hours of DSABLST 5191: Disability Studies Internship can be applied toward the GIS.
- The student must receive the grade of 'B' (or better) or 'S' in each course comprising the GIS.
Graduate coursework is enhanced through workshops, special events and partnerships with community organizations. Graduate students are leaders in organizations including the Disability Studies Graduate Student Organization and Graduate Association for Mental Health Action and Advocacy.
Disability Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization (GIS) information sheet
Internships and Independent Studies
Students enrolled in the DS GIS or DS Minor may wish to consider the Disability Studies Internship (DSABLST 5191) and/or Independent Study (DSABLST 5193). In order to register for one of these courses, please complete these steps prior to the beginning of the internship or independent study.
- Identify your semester-long project, discussing parameters with the Director of Disability Studies or Disability Studies Minor Advisor as needed.
- Arrange a faculty supervisor for your project.
- Fill out the Internship and Individual Studies Research/Request Form.
- Set up a meeting with the Director of Disability Studies to ensure the form is completed correctly, including number of credits. The number of credits is adjustable, depending upon the number of hours per week your project will require.
- Obtain all necessary signatures.
- Philip Armstrong, Department of Comparative Studies
- Allison Bean, Department of Speech and Hearing Science
- Bostwick Wyman (Emeritus), Department of Math
- Ruth Colker, Moritz College of Law
- Amrita Dhar, Department of English
- Jennifer Eisenhauer Richardson, Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy
- Thomas Fish, College of Social Work and the Nisonger Center
- Thomas Gregoire, College of Social Work
- Michiko Hikida, College of Education and Human Ecology-Department of Teaching and Learning
- Evelyn M. Hoglund, Department of Speech and Hearing Science
- Margo Izzo, Nisonger Center
- John Jones, Department of English
- Rebecca (Natalie) Jackson, OSU Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, and the Women's Health Center
- L. Scott Lissner, ADA Coordinator-Office of University Compliance and Integrity
- Peter Paul, Department of Educational Studies, and the College of Education and Human Ecology
- Margaret Price, Department of English
- Amy Shuman, Department of English
- R. Brian Stone, Department of Design-Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design
- Susan Sutherland, Department of Human Sciences
- Christa Teston, Department of English
- Joe Wheaton (Emeritus), College of Education and Human Ecology, School of Physical Activity and Educational Services, and the Special Education Program
- Marica Woodfill, Department of Speech and Hearing Science, and the American Sign Language Program
- English 2277: Introduction to Disability Studies
- English 2367.06: Second-Year Writing section with focus on disability studies
- English 4597.01: Disability Experience in the Contemporary World
- Disability Studies 6700: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Disability Studies
- English 7891.01: Seminar in Disability Studies in Language and Literature
Affiliated Projects or Centers
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