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.