BS in Disability and Human Development

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Disability and Human Development degree from UIC, students need to complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Disability and Human Development degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Applied Health Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
University Writing Requirement6
General Education Requirements18
Major Requirements (Core, Selective and DHD Elective)34
Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours62
Total Hours120

University Writing Requirement 

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Total Hours6

General Education Requirements

Required Courses a
Analyzing the Natural World course3-5
Understanding the Individual and Society course3-4
Understanding the Past course3
Exploring World Cultures course3
Additional General Education courses from any category b3-6
Total Hours18
a

The University General Education requirement is 24 hours distributed across six categories. The Understanding US Society and Understanding the Creative Arts requirements are met by required courses within the major (DHD 101 and DHD 102).

b

Students take additional General Education courses from any of the six General Education categories to reach the required 24 hours of General Education  course work.

Major Requirements (Core, Selective, and DHD Elective)

Core Courses
DHD 101Disability in U.S. Society a3
DHD 102Disability in American Film b3
DHD 201Disability, Rights, and Culture3
DHD 202Disability, Health, and Society3
DHD 301Disability, Research, and Interdisciplinary Methods3
DHD 302Disability, Policy, and Law3
DHD 400Disability and Human Development Capstone1
DHD 401Foundations of Disability and Human Development3
Selective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Disability, Race, Class and Gender
Disability Activism: From the Local to the Global
Cultural Politics of Disability and Health
DHD Elective Courses
Select two of the following (students may replace one course with the remaining selective from the list above):6
Disability in World Cultures
Disability in the Humanities
Historical Issues in Disability and Disease
Disability in Latino Communities
Disability, Sexuality, and Health
Analysis of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Disability and Work
Disability Through the Lifecourse
Mental Health, Asian Americans, and Community Engagement
Introduction to Assistive Technology: Principles and Practice
Topics in Disability Studies
Total Hours34
a

Satisfies the Understanding U.S. Society General Education requirement.

b

Satisfies the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education requirement.

Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours

Courses
Electives to reach minimum total hours62
Total Hours62

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
DHD 101 Disability in U.S. Society a 3
DHD 102 Disability in American Film b 3
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
General Education course (Analyzing the Natural World) 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
General Education course (Understanding the Individual and Society) 3
General Education course (Understanding the Past) 3
Additional General Education course 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
General Education course (Exploring World Cultures) 3
Additional General Education course 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring Semester
DHD 201 Disability, Rights, and Culture 3
DHD 202 Disability, Health, and Society 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall Semester
DHD 301 Disability, Research, and Interdisciplinary Methods 3
DHD 302 Disability, Policy, and Law 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring Semester
DHD Elective 3
DHD Selective 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
DHD 401 Foundations of Disability and Human Development 3
DHD Elective 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring Semester
DHD 400 Disability and Human Development Capstone 1
DHD Selective 3
Electives 11
 Hours15
 Total Hours120
a

Satisfies the Understanding U.S. Society General Education requirement.

b

Satisfies the Understanding the Creative Arts General Education requirement.