Disability Studies

College of Arts and Sciences

Disability Studies examines how society understands and represents disability, and investigates issues of discrimination and social justice. Disability Studies enhances the understanding of disability by incorporating social, cultural, historical, legal and political perspectives, including the connections between disability and other identities such as race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Graduates of this degree pursue careers in a variety of fields, including public policy, nonprofit, health care, business, social work, psychology, education and law, among others.


Major category: Minimum requirements

Minor available

Topic: Social sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Disability Studies is a minimum admission requirements major, accepting applications at any time.

To apply, you must have completed DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 230: “Introduction to Disability Studies” with a minimum grade of 2.0. In addition, you must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and have a UW GPA of 2.0 or higher. Please schedule an appointment to talk more about the major and/or minor.

You can also email the academic adviser at: disstadv@uw.edu

Learn more on the Disability Studies website.

Courses required for the major:

  • DIS ST/LSJ/CHID 230: Introduction to Disability Studies

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 0
Total from Washington community colleges: 0

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 0
3.50 – 3.74: 0
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes:

Outcomes unavailable for this major. See other majors with similar topic categories.