Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Spring 2021 Priority Deadline: November 9, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Regular Deadline: December 1, 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 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.

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 2021 Priority Deadline: November 9, 2020
  • Spring 2021 Regular Deadline: December 1, 2020
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Student/Alumni Profiles

Recent News About Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies

2020 Marge A. Tierney Memorial Scholarship

September 16, 2020

New York State Education Department

The New York State Education Department reports that Nia Williams, a student in the MA in Disability Studies program at CUNY SPS, has been awarded the 2020 Marge A. Tierney Memorial Scholarship.
Disability Pride Month Graphic

CUNY SPS Honors Disability Pride Month and 30th ADA Anniversary

July 07, 2020

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is proud to commemorate Disability Pride Month, an annual observance in July designed to recognize and celebrate all people with disabilities, with an event organized by the School’s Abilities and Resources Committee.

Disability Pride Month Graphic

CUNY SPS Honors Disability Pride Month and 30th ADA Anniversary

July 07, 2020

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is proud to commemorate Disability Pride Month, an annual observance in July designed to recognize and celebrate all people with disabilities, with an event organized by the School’s Abilities and Resources Committee.

Margaret Reilly - Academic Director, Nursing

Three CUNY SPS Faculty Receive JFK, Jr. Institute Fellowship

January 23, 2020

Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, adjunct faculty, youth studies program; Margaret Reilly, academic director of nursing; and Cassandra Evans, assistant professor, disability studies programs, have been awarded a JFK, Jr. Faculty Fellowship from the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Institute for Worker Education.