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The Addiction Studies program educates students in the knowledge and skills required to provide prevention, assessment, referral and treatment services for individuals and families who suffer from addictive disorders. The curriculum places major emphasis on chemical addictions while exploring the broader range of addictive behaviors. The interplay of mental illness and addiction is a focus as well. The program is interdisciplinary, including courses in the behavioral and physical sciences, the humanities as well as addiction studies. The practical experience of the internship is an important part of the curriculum.

Students can conveniently pursue the Bachelor of Science or the Undergraduate Certificate on a part-time or a fulltime basis. Transfer credit will shorten the program. Courses are scheduled evenings and weekends to accommodate the working student.

The B.S. curriculum satisfies the prerequisites for the M.A. in Addictions Counseling or Agency Counseling and for the M.A. in Clinical Psychology at UDM. Both the B.S. and the Undergraduate Certificate meet the education and internship requirements for the Certified Addictions Counselor credential (CAC) awarded by the State of Michigan.

Degree Requirements

Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science 52 cr.
ADS 100 Introduction to Substance Abuse 3
ADS 120 Assessment, Referral, and Treatment Methods 3
ADS 241 Techniques of Individual Counseling 3
ADS 436 Family Theory and Therapy 3
ADS 443 Group Methods 3
ADS 444 Advanced Internship 3
ADS 495 Addictive Populations 3
BIO 108 The Science of Life 3
PYC 100 Introductory Psychology 3
PYC 250 Developmental Psychology 3
PYC 342 Abnormal Psychology 3
PYC 360 Social Psychology 3
PYC 361 Social Psychology Lab 1
STA 225 Statistics 3

Three of the following: 9 cr.
ADS 417 Chemical Dependence and Youth 3
ADS 421 Gambling and Sexual Addiction 3
ADS 447 Employee Assistance Programming 3
ADS 450 Prevention and Intervention in Substance Abuse 3
ADS 460 Spirituality and Recovery 3

One of the following:
SW 200 Introduction to Social Work 3
CJS 130 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3

Program Recommendation

For students planning to do graduate work in psychology two additional courses are recommended:
PYC 341 Personality Theory 3
PYC 403 Physiological Psychology 4

Internship Sites
Over 30 substance abuse prevention, referral, and treatment agencies throughout Southeast Michigan and Southern Ontario are affiliated with the University for field placements in Addiction Studies.

Continued Matriculation/ Graduation Requirements

  • A. A grade of "C" must be earned in all courses required for the major. An overall GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  • B. Students recovering from addiction who experience a failure in abstinence while in the program will be expected to demonstrate two years sobriety once again in order to continue matriculation and to graduate.

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