Disability Studies


All upper division courses used in satisfaction of the Minor Program must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of Public Health 116, which may be taken P/NP. The student must achieve at least a C average (2.0) in the upper division courses offered in satisfaction of a Minor Program.

Core Courses (2 Courses):

  • A. UGIS 110: Introduction to Disability Studies
  • B. English 175: Literature and Disability OR Anthropology 189: Special Topics/Cultural Anthropology: Disability, Ethnography and Design OR  English 180A: Disability Memoir OR City and Regional Planning 120: Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability OR ESPM 149: Bodies, Difference, and the Environment. Additional coursework from Part B may be used as electives.

Approved Electives (3 courses)

Anthropology (ANTH)
115: Introduction to Medical Anthropology
119: Special Topics in Medical Anthropology*
189: Special Topics/Cultural Anthropology: Disability, Ethnography, and Design (Fall 2021)
189: Racial Profiling and Cultural Competency in the Time of Pandemics (Summer 2021)
196: Mental Health in Conflict Zones: The Politics of Trauma on the Border of Israel and Gaza (Fall 2021)

Architecture (ARCH)
169: Special Topics in Construction Materials (Introduction to ADA and Universal Design)
269: Special Topics in Construction and Materials (Introduction to ADA and Universal Design)*

Art Practice (ART)
118: Advanced Drawing: Remixing the Figure
160: Special Topics in Visual Studies: Designing and Activating Public Space*
165: Art, Medicine, and Disabilities

Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (ASAMST)
143AC: Asian American Health

Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies (CHICANO)
176: Chicanos and Health Care

City and Regional Planning (CY PLAN)
117AC: Urban and Community Health
218: Transportation Planning Studio (Fall 2021)

Computer Science (COMPSCI)
160: User Interface Design and Development

East Asian Languages and Cultures (EA LANG)
114: Illness Narratives, Vulnerable Bodies
160: Neurodiversity in Literature (Summer 2021)

Economics (ECON)
157: Health Economics

Education (EDUC)
188F: Language, Race, and Power in Education (Spring 2022)

English (ENGLISH)
80K: Children’s Literature (when taught by Charles F.S. Creasy)
135AC: Race, Ethnicity, and Disability in Literature
165: The Visible Made Verbal: Audio Description Across the Arts
166: Special Topics: Race, Social Class, Writing, and Difference (Fall 2021/Spring 2022)
175: Literature and Disability: Helen Keller and Her Cultural Legacies (Spring 2022)**

Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM)
150: Special Topics: Bodies, Difference, and the Environment**
162A: Health, Medicine, Society, and Environment
254: Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Health Status
C282: Health Implications of Climate Change

Ethnic Studies (ETH STD)
103C: Deconstructing Race-Based Medicine and Health Inequities (Spring 2022)
190AC: Inside and Beyond Walls: Migra, Masses, and the Carceral State (Fall 2021)

Geography (GEOG)
170: Walkers in the City: Landscape, Mobility, and Everyday Life (Summer 2021)

Global Studies (GLOBAL)
173: International Human Rights

Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS)
100AC: Women in American Culture (when taught by Barbara Barnes)
111: Special Topics: Disability Justice
111: Special Topics: Women with Disability in Film and Literature
111: Special Topics: Reproduction, Migration, Death and Climate in a Low Fertility World (Spring 2022)
129: Bodies and Boundaries
130AC: Gender, Race, Nation, and Health
131: Gender and Science
133AC: Women, Men, and Other Animals: Human Animality in American Cultures
C180Y: Gender, Sex, and Power (Spring 2022)

Art, History of (HISTART)
182: Photography in the 20th Century: Sex, Race, and Medicine
190D: 15th-16th Century: Warburg’s Archives in Berkeley: New Perspectives on Renaissance and Baroque Art (Spring 2022)

Arts and Humanities (HUM)
196: Mentored Research: Remembering Eugenics at Berkeley and in California (Spring 2022)

Italian Studies (ITALIAN)
120: Topics in Italian Studies (when the topic is Disability, Difference, and Desire in Italian Fiction and Film)

Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LD ARCH)
140: Social and Psychological Factors in Open Space Design

Legal Studies (LEGALST)
137: Comparative Equality Law (Fall 2021)
154: Human Rights, Research and Practice (Spring 2022)
159: Law & Sexuality

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (LGBT)
100: Trans Study

Linguistics (LINGUIS)
1A: American Sign Language I
1B: American Sign Language II
2A: American Sign Language 3

Media Studies (MEDIAST)
190: Special Topics: Beauty, Intersectionality, and Globalization (Fall 2021)
190: Beauty, Gender and Race in Global Popular Culture

Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS)
148AC: Social Movements, Urban Histories, and the Politics of Memory

Public Health (PB HLTH)
116: Seminar on Social, Political, and Ethical Issues in Health and Medicine
126: Health Economics and Public Policy
130: Advanced Health Policy
150D: Introduction to Health Policy and Management
150E: Introduction to Community Health and Human Development
C160: Environmental Health and Development (Spring 2022)
222A: Health Care Technology Policy
226: Global Health Economics
290: Health Issues Seminars: Bioethics from Nuremburg to Modern Times

Public Policy (PUB POL)
200: Introduction to Policy Analysis

Psychology (PSYCH)
131: Developmental Psychology

Social Welfare (SOC WEL)
210C: Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability Aging Processes
245: Direct Practice in Health Settings*
246: Direct Practice in Aging Settings*
250L: Human Sexuality
275: Diversity-Sensitive and Competent Social Work

Sociology (SOCIOL)
113AC: Sociology of Education
C115: Sociology of Health and Medicine
137AC: Environmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment (Fall 2021)

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies (UGIS)
112: Women and Disability
113: Disability Studies in Practice

* Subject to approval.
** Can be used as an elective for the minor if it is not also used towards the core requirements.