Graduate Interdisciplinary Specializations


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The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Disability Studies 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.

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.



The GIS requires 14 to 16 credit hours of course work, with a minimum of 3 different courses. Graduate students who wish to complete the GIS should consult with the Director of Disability Studies, 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.



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The graduate interdisciplinary specialization in fine arts makes it possible for students to pursue a broad-based art education or a close focus in a second art field beyond their major program of study. A programmatic approach to interdisciplinarity among artists pursuing their graduate degrees at The Ohio State University, the GISFA Program offers such students a well-rounded, pedagogically-founded sequence of courses (even as the program has enough flexibility to be tailored to fit any single student’s particular needs), providing what will essentially constitute a graduate minor in art-making that cuts across all arts disciplines, earned concurrently with the MFA (or the equivalent degree in other fields — e.g., the MM or DMA in music) in the student’s own discipline.

Learn more

To learn more about the GIS in Fine Arts Program, visit the program homepage.