What to Expect

The Disability Studies Program is designed primarily as a full-time course of study. Students who are full time will be expected to maintain a course load of three or more classes per semester. Each student will have an advisor chosen from the faculty of the program. The advisor will monitor the student’s progress through the program and may serve as the chair for the dissertation committee.

The program must be completed within seven years.​

Minimum Semester Hours Required 96 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree.

Course Work

Required Courses
DHD 501 Disability Studies I 4 hours
DHD 502 Disability Studies II 4 hours
DHD 510 Concepts in Interdisciplinary Research on Disability 3 hours
DHD 541 Advanced Concepts in Disability Research 3 hours
DHD 592 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Disability Studies 1 hour in fall; 1 hour in spring

At least two research methods courses appropriate to the student’s research interests are chosen with an advisor and must total a minimum of 9 additional credit hours.

Elective Courses

Twenty-four semester hours of study in a content area, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor. At least 12 hours must be from within the College of Applied Health Sciences.

Examinations

Preliminary Examination: Required. This exam is generally taken during year 2, spring term.

Dissertation

Required. A minimum of 24 semester hours required. The dissertation must be defended at a public session before the dissertation committee and other members of the academic community.

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