What will I learn?

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the program in disability and human development examines various aspects of society— healthcare, culture, politics, economics, history, legislation, education and social attitudes—that uniquely impact the experience and development of people living with disabilities. In the coursework, disability is explored and understood through a social model that is based on history and culture. Under this formulation, disability is not inherent in the disabled person, but a result of socio-cultural dynamics that occur in interactions between society, the environment (buildings as well as attitudes) and people with disabilities. Therefore, Disability Studies’ subject matter is not simply human differences, but the meaning we in society have made of those differences historically by constructing disability as inferior and a “lack” based on particular cultural norms.

Which department am I in?

College of Applied Health Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,704.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 February 2021

Start date

11 January 2021, 23 August 2021

Venue

College of Applied Health Sciences

808 South Wood Street,

CMET 167, MC 518,

CHICAGO,

Illinois,

60612, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school graduates who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.

For international students

High school graduates who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.

They must have obtained TOEFL iBT - Total Score 80; TOEFL with a score of 550 on (paper-based) or an IELTS Overall Score - 6.5 with a score of subsection minimum as follows: listening 6, writing 6, reading 6, and speaking 6 or an PTE with a score of 54 (with subsection minimum as follows: listening 47, writing 56, reading 51, and speaking 53).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About this uni

University of Illinois at Chicago ranks No. 7 on the Best Values list by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education rankings

  • Chicago’s largest university with 30,000 students
  • Among the most diverse college campuses in the nation
  • Small class sizes for individualized attention
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