Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization

Semester GIS Requirements

The GIS requires 14-16 credit hours of course work (minimum of 3 different courses). Graduate students who wish to complete the GIS should consult with the Coordinator/Director of Disability Studies to determine a course of study.

  • At least 9 hours must be taken outside the student's home department.
  • Courses taken inside the student's home department must be at the 5000-level and above.
  • No more than 2 courses may be taken from a single department.
  • No more than 1 course may be an American Sign Language course.
  • A maximum of 2 hours of DSABLST 5700: Disability Studies Workshop can be applied toward the GIS.
  • A maximum of 2 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.

Semester Course Offerings

African American & African Studies

  • 7862 Mental Health in the Africana Community (3)


  • 5630 Language and Culture in Education (3)

Art Education

  • 5708 Disability and Visual Culture: Issues of Representation in Art and Popular Culture (3)
  • 7708 Universal Design for Learning: Disability Studies and Art Education (3)

Arts & Sciences (College of)

  • 6110 Health Literacy (2)

Disability Studies

  • 5191 Disability Studies Internship (1-3)
  • 5700 Disability Studies Workshop (1-3)
  • 6700 Introduction to Graduate Study in Disability Studies (1-3)
  • 7700 Disability Studies Research Forum (1)

Education: Teaching and Learning

  • 5471 Clinical Practice in Treating Reading Disabilities (3)
  • 5504 Inclusion: Philosophical, Social and Practical Issues: Secondary Education (3)
  • 6551 Introduction to American Sign Language (3)
  • 7501 Inclusive Education Research (3)

Educational Studies: Special Education

  • 5557 Language and Children with Disabilities (3)
  • 5650 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
  • 5678 The Parent/Professional Partnership (3)
  • 5769 Delivering Effective Services to Enhance the Inclusion of Students with Special Needs (3)


  • 7891.01 / .02 Seminar in Disability Studies in Language and Literature (3)

Health and Rehabilitation Science

  • 5620 Aging, Accessibility, and Design (3)
  • 5717.03 Interdisciplinary Perspective on Developmental Disorders (3)
  • 7718 Interdisciplinary Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorder (3)

Health Services Management and Policy (Public Health)

  • 7640 Mental Health & Disability Policy (3)

Kinesiology: Physical Education

  • 5657 Sport and Disability (3)


  • 7500 Disability Discrimination (4)
  • 7509 Special Education Advocacy (Field Experience) (2-4)


  • 7717 Interdisciplinary Perspective on Developmental Disabilities (3)
  • 7718 Interdisciplinary Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)


  • 5681 Development and Psychopathology (3)
  • 7717 Interdisciplinary Perspective on Developmental Disabilities (3)
  • 7718 Interdisciplinary Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)

Social Work

  • 5017 Social Work Practice in the Field of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (2)
  • 7717 Interdisciplinary Perspective on Developmental Disabilities (3)
  • 7718 Interdisciplinary Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)


  • 5450 Sociology of Global Health & Illness (3)
  • 5629 Health Disparities in Social Context (3)
  • 7758 Population, Health, and Life Course (3)

Speech and Hearing Science

  • 5605 Multicultural Aspects of Communication (3)
  • 5714 Introduction to Sign Language (3)
  • 7717 Interdisciplinary Perspective on Developmental Disabilities (3)

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • 5620* (Special Topics Course) Gender and Disability (3)

*Selections from this group must be made in consultation with the Disability Studies Coordinator, as some courses have variable topics courses, which only occasionally focus on disability studies. All prerequisites must be satisfied for the courses selected.

GRAD Form Processing System

The Graduate School has moved to an electronic forms processing system called GRADFORMS.OSU.EDU.  Presently, applications to graduate and all degree examination forms are being handled by this system, as well as the Minor and Interdisciplinary Specialization forms. After logging into GRADFORMS, click "Graduation and Examination Forms," and then scroll down to "Minors and Interdisciplinary Specializations." The GIS form is located here.

According to the new system, the student fills out the form for the GIS, and then it is sent to the Director for review.  Then, the Director approves the form, and it goes to the Graduate School for their review. Please let the Director know if you have submitted a form because the Graduate School only informs the Director "as a courtesy," which means the Director might not actually get a notification. The same applies to changes in your graduate program.  Also, please let the Director know if you submit a request for changes so they may be approved.

General questions about Graduate School degree options and specializations may be directed to Tim Watson, director of Graduation Services, at (614) 247-7292. Questions regarding the GradForms system may be directed to Judith Dunham Borst at

Quarter-to-Semester Transition Policy

Any completed Quarter courses that met the requirements of the GIS prior to program conversion will be accepted. Credits will be converted from Quarter to Semester hours. This policy will be maintained even if a student declares the minor after the University has switched to Semester system. Contact Disability Studies Director Professor Margaret Price with questions.