Chilton Hall, Room 218
1155 Union Circle #311456
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Web site: www.unt.edu/rswa
Linda Holloway, Chair
Brandi Darensbourg, Director of Undergraduate Rehabilitation Program
The Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation offers an undergraduate program in rehabilitation studies. Currently, our program is one of eight undergraduate programs in the United States fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education. Undergraduate degrees are offered in rehabilitation studies (BS) and human service management and leadership (BS) [Dallas only]. In addition, the department offers a certificate in rehabilitation studies, as well as a minor and two different certificates in substance abuse and addictions that prepare students to take the test for licensing as a chemical dependency counselor (LCDC).
Upon graduation, students are qualified for positions in a variety of non-profit, governmental, and for-profit programs serving individuals with mental illness, substance abuse issues, intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities. Labor market trends forecast continued growth in human service professions. The undergraduate degrees also prepare students for entry into graduate programs in rehabilitation, often with advanced standing.
The department’s undergraduate programs are structured to meet the needs and interests of students transferring from community colleges. The 30-hour major in designed to allow students the opportunity to carefully select complimentary electives or to specialize in specific areas of rehabilitation such as substance abuse treatment. Our professional advisor can assist students in determining the best electives, minors and/or certificates available to meet their career objectives. Transfer students receive close advising to facilitate articulation and maximize their credits.
Extensive practical experience in community placements is combined with comprehensive classroom curricula to build an in-depth and well-rounded program. A low faculty/student ratio allows students to receive highly individualized academic support from instructors. We strongly encourage our students to engage in service learning and professional activities to gain experience and develop their skills. To this end, we have three active student organizations – North Texas Rehabilitation Association, Active minds, and Best Buddies – that students can participate in during their academic career.
A College of Public Affairs and Community Service degree program advisor plays a significant role in the development of a degree plan that meets the individual student’s needs and interests.
Programs of study
The department offers undergraduate majors in rehabilitation studies [Denton only] and human service management and leadership [Dallas only]; minors; and undergraduate academic certificates. (See the complete list, below.)
Students majoring in rehabilitation studies are eligible to apply for the Rehabilitation Services Administration scholarship, available only to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in rehabilitation; the Ken Miner Scholarship; the Fort Worth TRA Scholarship, and the Dan Minahan Memorial Scholarship. Applications are available in the departmental office. Students interested in applying for these scholarships should contact the department.
ProgramsMajorsMinorsUndergraduate Academic Certificates
CoursesHuman Service Management and LeadershipRehabilitation