Addiction Studies (BS)


The Bachelor of Science with a major in Addiction Studies program provides 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 may shorten the length of time needed to complete the program. Courses in addiction studies are scheduled during the evening to accommodate working students and caregivers.

Completion of the Bachelor of Science with a major in Addiction Studies satisfies the educational requirements for substance use certification in the state of Michigan.

For undergraduates who are not majoring in Addiction Studies but who would like to have additional knowledge in this area, an 18-credit minor is also available. Visit the Addiction Studies minor catalog page for more information.

Students who already have a bachelor's degree in a relevant major related to addiction studies (e.g. human services, psychology, sociology or social work) may be interested in the Post-degree Certificate in Addiction Studies. 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). Employment opportunities may be enhanced for graduates who begin employment and submit a development plan to MCBAP. Visit the Post-degree Certificate in Addiction Studies catalog page for more information.

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    Degree Requirements - Bachelor of Science with a Major in Addiction Studies (120 credits)

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, the requirements for the program major and complete a minimum of 120 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) / other 4000 level elective
    • ADS 4950 Multicultural Competence in Treating Substance-Related-Disorders (3 credits)

    *A clinical component totaling three credit hours may be fulfilled as a field placement of 400 hours.

    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)
    • ADS 4990 Critical Issues in Addiction Studies (3 credits)

    Supportive Courses (24 credits)

    All of the courses in this section (24 credits):

    • CJS 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
    • MTH 1010 Algebra (3 credits)
    • PYC 1000 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 2500 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
    • PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
    • STA 2250 Statistics (3 credits)
    • SWK 2000 Introduction to Social Work (3 credits)
    • SWK 2100 Social Welfare and Social Justice (3 Credits)

    Substance Use Certification

    The Michigan Board of Certified Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) awards state-level 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.

    Program Recommendation

    Students planning to pursue graduate work are advised to discuss their plans directly with their academic advisor to ensure effective academic planning and advising.

    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 may be arranged.

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