Addiction Studies (BS)


The Bachelor of Science with a major in Addiction Studies Program instructs students in the knowledge and skills required to provide assessment, prevention, referral and treatment services to individuals and families who experience addictive disorders. The curriculum emphasizes alcohol and other drug addictions while exploring the broader range of addictive behaviors (e.g., gambling and sexual) and the co-occurrence of other mental disorders with addiction are considered as well.

The curriculum is interdisciplinary and includes courses in the psychological and biological sciences and humanities, in addition to addiction studies. Students have the option of participating in a clinical internship contingent upon their educational goals. Students can conveniently pursue their degree on a part-time or a full-time basis. Transfer credit from an associate’s degree will shorten the program. Courses in addiction studies are scheduled during the evening to accommodate working students and parents.

Completion of the Bachelor of Science with a major in Addiction Studies allows students to apply for a development plan with the State of Michigan to pursue the Certified Addiction and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential.

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    Degree/Major Requirements

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

    Requirements for the Major (30 credits)

    All of the courses in this section (21 credits)

    • ADS 1000 Introduction to Addiction Studies (3 credits)
    • ADS 1200 Assessment of Substance Use Disorders (3 credits)
    • ADS 2410 Techniques of Individual Counseling (3 credits)
    • ADS 4360 Family Theory and Therapy (3 credits)
    • ADS 4430 Group Methods (3 credits)
    • ADS 4440* Advanced Internship (3 credits)
    • ADS 4950 Multicultural Competence in Treating Substance-Related-Disorders (3 credits)

    *A clinical component totaling three credit hours is to be fulfilled as a field placement of 400 hours; or a non-clinical major for those students who choose to take a fourth ADS 4000-level elective in place of the internship.

    Plus three of the following (9 credits):

    • ADS 4170 Substance Use Disorders in Youth (3 credits)
    • ADS 4210 Process Disorders: Gambling and Sexual Addiction (3 credits)
    • ADS 4500 Prevention and Intervention of Substance Abuse (3 credits)
    • ADS 4600 Spirituality and Recovery (3 credits)

    Supportive Courses (24 credits)

    All of the courses in this section (18 credits)

    Plus one of the following (3 credits)

    • CJS 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
    • SWK 2000 Introduction to Social Work (3 credits)

    Program Recommendation

    For students planning to do graduate work in counseling or psychology, three additional electives are recommended:

    • PYC 3410 Psychology of Personality (3 credits)
    • PYC 3430 Health Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 4070 Biopsychology (3 credits)

    Continued Matriculation/Graduation Requirements

    •  A grade of "C" must be earned in all courses required for the major. An overall GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
    • A student recovering from addiction that has a lapse or relapse while matriculating is required to inform the program director so that a collaborative remediation plan can be arranged to insure that the student remains eligible for graduation.

    Minor in Addiction Studies

    The minor in Addiction Studies is intended for undergraduate students who are:

    • majoring in a helping profession, for example, psychology, social work or human services and/or students aiming to expand their employment opportunities; or
    • majoring in nursing or health services administration, where knowledge about addiction can increase understanding of the need for prevention and treatment, and to sensitize medical personnel to the deleterious consequences resulting from untreated addiction, for example, increased morbidity, mortality and medical costs.

    The minor in Addiction Studies totals 21 credit hours.

    Visit the Addiction Studies minor page for more information.

    Total Credit Hours: 21


    Post Degree Certificate in Addiction Studies

    Post Degree Certificate in Addiction Studies

    This certificate is intended for students who have attained a bachelor’s degree in a major (e.g., counseling, psychology or social work) related to the field of addiction studies. Coursework in the Addiction Studies undergraduate certificate totals 21 credit hours and prepares students for entry-level positions in alcohol and drug treatment agencies. In addition, the certificate meets the minimum educational requirements to initiate a development plan (for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)) with the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP).

    Visit the Addiction Studies certificate page for more information.

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Nancy G. Calleja, Ph.D., LPC

Reno Hall, Room 234
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0436
Fax: 313-578-0507

Department Website