The disability studies certificate focuses on the social, cultural, historical, and political aspects of disability. As a certificate student, you'll learn about the history of disabilities in America and about how culture and society define disability. You'll learn how to interact with individuals from diverse backgrounds, and you'll develop a personal philosophy of treating people fairly and thoughtfully. You'll also become knowledgeable about public policy issues and active citizenship.

The certificate program draws on disciplines from across the university, such as aging studies, American Sign Language, anthropology, communication sciences and disorders, education, geography, health and human physiology, history, music, nursing, and psychology. The certificate complements a wide variety of majors and pre-professional programs that lead to work with persons who have illnesses, impairments, and limitations.

The Certificate in Disability Studies is administered by the Department of Health and Human Physiology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

The certificate program is open to current University of Iowa undergraduates and to all individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and are not enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program.

Course Work

Review Disability Studies in the UI General Catalog for more details about admission and course requirements.

Application Process

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Undergraduate certificate programs are available to students once they are enrolled in a degree program at Iowa, or after they have completed a bachelor's degree. Review our Areas of Study to select a major.