DISABILITY STUDIES AT THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Disability Studies applies social, cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives to the study of disability in society. Consistent with the Syracuse tradition, Disability Studies stands at the forefront of change and new ways of thinking about and accommodating people with disabilities while adopting an interdisciplinary disability perspective. Students enrolled in the Master's and doctoral programs in the Cultural Foundations of Education (CFE) can concentrate in Disability Studies as part of their graduate program. The New York State approved Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Disability Studies provides formal recognition of advanced graduate study in this area to students in programs outside of CFE, including students who are not enrolled in any master's or doctoral program at Syracuse University. DISABILITY LAW AND POLICY PROGRAM AT THE COLLEGE OF LAW
The College of Law Disability Law and Policy Program offers students the opportunity to gain experience and expertise in the practice of disability law while still in law school. This program sponsors courses, clinics and externships, student research opportunities, and co-curricular activities. Students come to the College of Law with a variety of backgrounds, careers, and interests. One of the unique features of the Disability Law and Policy Program is the opportunity for students with interdisciplinary interests to take courses and conduct research in other graduate programs at Syracuse University including the highly respected Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the School of Education, the School of Social Work, and the College for Human Development. JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS (J.D./M.S.ED.; J.D./MSW)
In Spring 2003, Syracuse University introduced the nation’s first joint degree in law and Disability Studies. The J.D./M.S.Ed. with a CAS in Disability Studies from the Cultural Foundations of Education program at the School of Education is a unique program that offers students the opportunity to obtain both a law degree and a Master's in education in just three years. Similarly, the J.D./M.S.W., from the School of Social Work of the College of Human Services and Health Professions, allows students to obtain a law degree and a Master's degree in social work in three years.