Enhance your professional opportunities with a minor in Addiction Studies. The minor will deepen your understanding of:
To earn this minor, you will complete General Education courses and a degree of your choosing, plus 18 credit hours specific to the Addiction Studies minor:
This introductory survey course provides a broad-based overview of the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, biological bases of behavior, developmental milestones, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.
Prerequisite: PSYC 120. An examination of psychoactive drugs and their impact on society. Biological, psychological and social aspects of drug use are considered as well as implications for social policy.
This course will examine the etiology of addictive processes, as well as the impact of addiction on biological, psychological, intellectual, and socioemotional functioning. Cross-cultural aspects of substance misuse, abuse, and dependence are also addressed.
This course examines ethical parameters of addiction issues, to include professional codes of ethics, relevant constitutional law, and federal confidentiality regulations. An overview of the court systems and their role in dealing with forensic addiction is also provided.
This course will evaluate standardized instruments, assessment tools, and diagnostic strategies designed for the identification of addiction issues. Strategies to identify coexisting conditions, appropriate treatment approaches, and referral to programs and services are also examined.
This course will examine theories, treatment modalities, and prevention strategies that pertain to counseling addiction issues. The therapeutic value of community support groups, such as 12-Step programs, is also examined.
Students earning the Addiction Studies Minor may not also earn the Substance Use and Behavioral Addictions Certificate.