In this area, one explores the meaning of disability in culture and public policy. Disability Studies applies social, legal, cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives to the study of disability in society. Coursework includes the autobiography of disability, disability law and policy, the representation of disability in popular culture, the sociology of disability, and disability, gender, and race. Dissertations in this area have focused on representations of students with disabilities in special education texts, the experiences of mothers caring for children with disabilities, the perspectives of people with disabilities involved in self-advocacy groups, the intersection of ethnicity, class, and gender with disability in an educational setting, and the experiences of deaf people in medical settings. Those with backgrounds in the social sciences and public policy as well as applied fields such as rehabilitation, special education, and human services are encouraged to consider this program.
In 2003 Syracuse University introduced the nation's first joint degree program in law and Disability Studies. The J.D./M.S., with a CAS in Disability Studies from CFE, is a unique program that allows students to obtain both a law degree and a Master's in three years.
For further information on the Disability Studies program, please visit the Web site at http://disabilitystudies.syr.edu/.