Required Courses for the Disability Studies Graduate Certificate

Global Disability Studies: Africa

Text: Summer 2024

Global Disability Studies EDSP 3990

The main concept of this course is to present students with broader views of disability, advocacy, and communication in the traditional African context through the voices and experiences of African disability rights advocates globally. Our primary goal is to explore how disability is viewed across cultures in Africa to empower and to offer opportunities for students to compare, contrast, and conceptualize what they learn for use advocacy and systemic change.

It also has the goal to explore a supportive pathway into educational systems and community life for immigrant and refugee students in K-12 schools and post-secondary programs.

You will be challenged to read thoroughly outside the American context to expand your world view and then analyze your own cultural experiences in the light of global diversity and diversity in VT and the U.S.A.

Class starts May 20. Class is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Register for EDSP 3990, Global Disability Studies here

Culture of Disability

Text: Fall 2024

EDSP 5250

Students enrolled in this course will examine the social and cultural experience of disability in different times and cultures. As an introduction to Disability Studies, we will examine several topics through lectures, group activities, and independent study.

Topics covered will include:

  • Foundational concepts from the field of Disability Studies
  • The influence of cultural beliefs relating to disability on individuals, families, disability law, and social policy in the United States and other countries;
  • Responses to disability reflected in first person narratives, media, academic and professional discourse and practice, film, art and literature;
  • Disability across the lifespan, and the implications for education, health care and social services;
  • Many of the philosophical, ethical, historical, and legal foundations of Special Education;
  • Family systems and approaches to individual and family support in education and community services;
  • The role of different self-help and social change movements in the broader disability rights movement; and
  • The historical and cultural foundations of disability-related policies and practices in education, health care, and community development.

Available as both an undergraduate and graduate course. Also available as both a hybrid course (in-person and online meetings), and as a fully online course.

  • Undergrads register for CSD 3200 in Fall 2024
  • Graduate students: register for EDSP 5250 in Fall 2024

Register for Culture of Disability here

An icon of graduation cap sitting on a book. Text: CDCI Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies

Additional Courses to Consider

The Disability Studies graduate certificate requires you to take the two core courses listed here -- Culture of Disability, and Global Disability Studies: Africa -- as well as four other courses you choose with the Graduate Certificate Advisor. 

Here are some popular choices for the certificate:

  • Race, Justice, and Education
  • Global Public Health
  • Public Health & Health Policy
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Any graduate-level course that gets you closer to where you want to work or study.

Request a time to talk with the Disability Studies Academic Coordinator to talk about what your own personal pathway could look like.

Contact the Disability Studies Academic Coordinator