Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies

Format: Online

Disability Studies is an emerging academic field that explores disability and society using overlapping perspectives from the 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 equips individuals 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 are equipped with 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 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.

Borough of Manhattan Community College - A.S. in Human Services (PDF)
Hudson Valley Community College - A.S. in Human Services (PDF)
Hudson Valley Community College - Certificate in Disability Studies (PDF)

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

Applications for Fall 2019 are due by July 8, 2019

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Recent News About Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies

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Journal of Teaching Disability Studies to Launch in Spring 2019

March 11, 2019

In an effort to encourage community and advance instruction in the field of disability studies, Dr. Mariette Bates, academic director of disability studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS), along with her colleagues at CUNY and other institutions across the country, have announced the publication of the Journal of Teaching Disability Studies (JTDS).

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CUNY SPS RANKS IN TOP 5% FOR ONLINE BACHELOR DEGREES ONCE AGAIN

January 15, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the CUNY School of Professional Studies 15th in the nation for the quality of its online bachelor’s degree programs, putting it in the top 5 percent of all ranked institutions for the second straight year.

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U.S News Ranks CUNY School of Professional Studies 16th in Nation in 2018 Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees

January 10, 2018

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the CUNY School of Professional Studies 16th in the nation for the quality of its online bachelor’s degree programs, putting it in the top 5 percent of all ranked institutions for 2018, and making it the highest nationally ranked program in the state.

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CUNY SPS Ranks in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Online Bachelor’s List

January 20, 2017

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is proud to announce that it has been ranked in the nation’s top 8% of U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs.  Of the institutions listed, CUNY SPS ranks 2nd in New York State and 1st in New York City.