Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2023 Priority Deadline: November 7, 2022

Disability Studies is an emerging academic field that explores disability and society through the lens of overlapping perspectives, including social sciences, humanities, science, and the law.  The BA in Disability Studies online degree program provides a ‘person-centered’ approach to the study of disability. As the first undergraduate program of its kind in the country, the program provides graduates with the skills to improve the lives of people with disabilities and with an educational credential to advance their careers.

The BA in Disability Studies program offers both a strong foundation in disability theory and history as well as opportunities for in-depth study in one of four concentrations:

  • Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Interdisciplinary Disability Studies

Students in the BA in Disability Studies:

  • Learn the history that many textbooks overlook
  • Develop strategies and skills to support children and adults with disabilities
  • Learn how to interpret disability law and policy
  • Acquire concrete skills to remove social and physical barriers to full inclusion and integration
  • Read first-hand experiences of people with disabilities
  • Learn new ways of thinking about disability and society

Career and Academic Prospects

Graduates of the BA in Disability Studies program gain the knowledge, values, and skills that are sought by agencies providing services to individuals in community programs. Graduates are also prepared for graduate work in disability studies, social work, rehabilitation counseling, physical and occupational therapy, education, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and liberal studies.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are formal agreements between CUNY School of Professional Studies, (CUNY SPS) and two-year colleges and universities, allowing students to transfer the maximum number of credits with ease to our BA in Disability Studies program from institutions with which we have an established transfer process in place.

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Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess at least 24 transferrable credits from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants need to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing, and math.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2023 Priority Deadline: November 7, 2022
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Shivan Mahabir

BA in Disability Studies 2019

"CUNY SPS has expanded my knowledge and understanding about interacting and working with people with disabilities. It helped me become the assistant director of assistive technology at the College of Staten Island."

Recent News About Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies

Emily Brooks Awarded Faculty Teaching Excellence Prize

July 20, 2022

Brooks is the third recipient of the award, which was first introduced in 2019 to recognize faculty excellence at CUNY SPS.

Spring Lecture Series Honors Those Fighting for Disability Reform

April 27, 2022

Organized by the disability studies programs, the two-part series commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1972 exposé of Willowbrook State School.

CUNY SPS Celebrates CUNY Disability Awareness Month with Events Exploring Key Disability Issues

April 05, 2022

The School's faculty, staff, and students will host talks in April focused on accessibility, disability justice, and pedagogy.

Online Learning Consortium Announces 2021 OLC Accelerate Award Winners

August 25, 2021

Online Learning Consortium

CUNY SPS disability studies faculty member Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler has been named a winner of the Online Learning Consortium's 2021 OLC Accelerate award, which celebrates peer-reviewed excellence in digital teaching and learning practice and scholarship, equity and inclusion, and open education.