Addiction Studies Minor


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

  • Majoring in a health profession (i.e., nursing, health services administration, physician assistant) where knowledge about addiction is essential.
  • Majoring in psychology, social work or human services where knowledge and skills related to addiction provides a critical enhancement.
  • Majoring in criminal justice where knowledge about addiction is essential.
  • Interested in further enhancing their knowledge related to addiction and expanding their employment opportunities.

The minor in Addiction Studies totals 18 credit hours.

Substance Use Certification

The Michigan Board of Certified Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) awards substance use-related credentials such as the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential (CADC). Employment opportunities may be enhanced for graduates who begin employment and submit a development plan to MCBAP following graduation. Additional requirements (examination and clinical hours) are the responsibility of the graduate and require working directly with the employer to pursue certification following supervised practice.

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    Requirements for the Addiction Studies Minor (18 credits)

    The curriculum has two components:

    1. A Core of Four Required Courses (12 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)

    2. Two Elective Courses from the Following (6 credits):

    • ADS 4170 Substance Use Disorders in Youth (3 credits)
    • ADS 4210 Process Disorders: Gambling and Sexual Addiction (3 credits)
    • ADS 4430 Group Methods (3 credits)
    • ADS 4600 Spirituality and Recovery (3 credits)
    • ADS 4950 Multicultural Competence in Treating Substance-Related-Disorders (3 credits)
    • ADS 4990 Critical Issues in Addiction Studies (3 credits)

    Total Credit Hours: 18


    Admission Requirements

    1. Admission to undergraduate studies at Detroit Mercy.

    2. Interview with the Addiction Studies Program director.

    3. Filing of program application to designate an Addiction Studies minor to appear on the student’s official transcript.

Program Contact Information

Varinder Kaur, Ph.D., LPC
Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling and Addiction Studies
Reno Hall, Room 238
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-578-0392

Nancy G. Calleja, Ph.D., LPC
Professor and Chair
Department of Counseling and Addiction Studies
Reno Hall, Room 234
McNichols Campus

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