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Fall 2016 Catalog and Handbook 
Fall 2016 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies

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Program Director: Mariette Bates
CUNY School of Professional Studies
119 West 31st Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Email Contact: Mariette Bates, mariette.bates@cuny.edu

The Program

Disability Studies is an emerging academic field which explores disability and society using overlapping perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, science, and the law. The online BA in Disability Studies offers both a strong foundation in disability theory and history as well as opportunities for in-depth study in one of four concentrations.

Students in the online Bachelor’s Degree in Disability Studies will:

  • Learn the history that many textbooks overlook;
  • Acquire new ways of thinking about disability;
  • Explore socio-medical aspects of disability and the social and physical barriers to full inclusion and integration;
  • Learn how to interpret disability law and policy;
  • Read first-hand experiences of people with disabilities; and
  • Explore what it means to live with a disability.

Program Requirements

120 credits are required for the online Bachelor’s Degree in Disability Studies.

  • General Education   - 39 credits required
  • Required Disability Studies Courses - 33 credits
    • Level I - six credits
    • Level II - 12 credits
    • Concentration - nine credits
    • Disability Studies electives - nine credits. Credits may be in the chosen concentration or in another concentration.
  • General Electives - 48 credits. General electives may be chosen from the Disability Studies courses or courses in other degree programs.

Level II: Concentrations: Exploration and Application

Students select one of the following four concentrations:

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Mental/Behavioral Health

Disability Studies

Level IV. Integration

Students must complete three credits in the following courses:

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