Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Fall 2020 Regular Deadline: July 6, 2020

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.

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

  • Fall 2020 Regular Deadline: July 6, 2020
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CUNY SPS Publishes First Academic Journal to Promote Disability Studies Pedagogy

September 20, 2019

CUNY SPS is pleased to announce the launch of the Journal of Teaching Disability Studies.

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Journal of Teaching Disability Studies to Launch in Fall 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, announced the publication of the Journal of Teaching Disability Studies (JTDS).