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Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Studies

Program Overview

Disability Studies applies social, cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives to disability in society. Building on the proud tradition of Syracuse University’s School of Education in this important area, the program is designed to help students understand disability and to prepare them to work to decrease barriers to full participation of all people in their community and society. This program stands at the forefront of change, exploring and facilitating new ways of thinking about and accommodating people with disabilities.
The awarding of the Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) requires 15 hours of course work in Disabilities Studies and related areas by a candidate, as well as successful completion of an examination. Each student admitted into the C.A.S. program in Disability Studies will develop a written program of study in consultation with a Cultural Foundations of Education faculty advisor. 

Program requirements include:
  • A minimum of nine credits in disability-related courses must be taken.
  • Six additional credits must be taken in disability related or other approved courses.
  • The passing of a written or oral examination.
The purpose of the program is to give students intellectual and methodological tools enabling them to play leadership roles in disability research, policy and practice in a broad range of public and private organizations. Students examine a range of issues confronting people with disabilities, including the following:
  • Cultural representations of disability
  • Deinstitutionalization and community integration
  • Current trends and controversies
  • Advocacy and self-advocacy
  • Sociology of disability
  • Race and disability
  • Community and family support services
  • Media images of disability
  • Gender and disability
  • Disability policy
  • Disability law

Program Contact

Maryann Barker
Email: mabarker@syr.edu
Phone: 315-443-3343

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at http://syr.edu/financialaid/gainful-employment/disability_studies.html