Disability Studies

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Undergraduate Certificates


Undergraduate Program

The Disability Studies Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary program involving multiple academic departments throughout the university. Administratively, it is located in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work drawing students from multiple disciplines from every EWU college. It is offered in both traditional and online educational formats.

Disability Studies is a multidisciplinary field drawing from humanities, liberal arts and the sciences and is taught by faculty from multiple fields and disciplines. The Disability Studies Certificate program, offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels, educates students to develop an understanding of disability, disability culture and people with disabilities as inclusive members of society. The program’s emphasis on universal access complements the university’s mission to prepare its graduates to live and work in a diverse society.

The Disability Studies Certificate program recognizes disability is part of the tapestry of a diverse society. It emphasizes universal access the philosophy that society should be inclusive of people of all diverse backgrounds and traits and that the responsibility for diversity transcends traditional identity based characteristics. Universal Access (UA) embraces an approach that responsible societies do not just accommodate minorities but are constructed; for all people; majority and minority, typical and atypical.

Graduate Certificates


Graduate Program

The Interdisciplinary Disability Studies Program encourages people with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree preparation and who are interested in disability, disability culture, and the lived experiences of persons with disabilities to enroll in the graduate courses offered. Post-baccalaureate students and matriculated graduated students are invited to enroll in Disability Studies course that ares offered in both traditional and online formats. Non-matriculated students will be required to follow university procedures to enroll in the Certificate Program.


Disability Studies Courses


DSST 310. DISABILITY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY. 5 Credits.

Satisfies: cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement.
This course introduces students to disability as diversity and to the culture of people with disabilities. Historical and contemporary beliefs about disability will be addressed. Universal access will be introduced as an emerging context for disability rights and human rights.

DSST 410. DISABILITY AS DIVERSITY. 5 Credits.

Disability is just one of many manifestations of human diversity. This course has been developed to help explore disability throughout the lifespan and in the social and societal contexts that frame disability experience. Students from multiple fields will develop understanding of disability accommodation and how universal access benefits all of society, including those from majority and minority backgrounds.

DSST 490. SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT IN UNIVERSAL ACCESS. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: DSST 410 or permission of the instructor.
Satisfies: senior capstone university graduation requirement.
This course provides students the opportunity to develop a community-based, service-learning project with colleagues from multiple academic disciplines. Under the direction of the instructor, students participate in a project that addresses universal access in the context of a diverse society. At the discretion of the student’s academic major advisor, it can also serve as a Senior Capstone experience. Weekly lectures will integrate conceptual and practical learning relative to universal access for diverse populations including those with disabilities.

DSST 496. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-5 Credits.

DSST 499. DIRECTED STUDY. 1-15 Credits.

Pre-requisites: permission of the instructor, department chair and college dean.
Independent study under faculty direction, adapted to individual needs of the students.

DSST 501. DISABILITY, CULTURE AND UNIVERSAL ACCESS IN SOCIETY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: Baccalaureate degree or instructor permission.
This course is designed to introduce students to disability from a progressive and contemporary perspective that places disabilities as a component of the diverse tapestry of society. It introduces the principle of universal access (UA): a society developed for all--majority and minority, typical and atypical. It focuses on the reciprocal interactions between disability populations and the economic, physical, social, political, cultural and spiritual environments. It identifies how disability is conceptualized differently in varied contexts and analyzes how disability fits within the contemporary discourse of human diversity in a global context.

DSST 510. DISABILITY AS DIVERSITY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: Baccalaureate degree or instructor permission.
Disability is just one form of human diversity. This course has been developed to help explore disability throughout the lifespan and in the social and societal contexts that frame the disability experience through the lens of diversity. Students from a variety of fields will develop understanding of how universal access benefits all of society, including those from majority and minority backgrounds.

DSST 590. INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECT. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: DSST 510 or instructor permission.
This course provides students the opportunity to develop a community-based service learning project with colleagues from multiple academic disciplines. Under the direction of the instructor, students participate in a project that addresses universal access in the context of diverse societies.

DSST 596. EXPERIMENTAL COURSE. 1-6 Credits.