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Disability Studies, C.A.S.

The C.A.S. program in Disability Studies is designed to help students examine disability as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon.

Since the 1970s, Syracuse University has been a leader in in research, training, and advocacy efforts in disability rights and disability studies. This program in the Department of Cultural Foundations of Education provides students with specific skills and experience in conducting research, teaching, or working in the area of disability studies and related fields.

Although the CAS does not provide certification for clinical roles in special education, rehabilitation, counseling, and related fields, you can specialize or enhance an existing career by choosing courses in these areas. Other students have backgrounds or professional goals in fields such as sociology, education, humanities, and law. Graduates often go on to doctoral programs in Cultural Foundations of Education, Special Education, or Sociology, or enter the law field with a J.D. or L.L.M. degree. This program gives students the skills, methods, and perspectives to play a leadership role in disability research, policy, and practice.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the Gainful Employment website.

Program Contacts

Alan Foley, Associate Professor; Director, Center on Human Policy
afoley@syr.edu|315.443.5087
Alan Foley
Maryann Barker, Office Coordinator
mabarker@syr.edu|315.443.3343
Maryann Barker
Speranza Migliore, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
smiglior@syr.edu|315.443.2505