May 19, 2022
The rising number of drug-related deaths in the United States makes clear the need for more behavioral health care workers in the field of Substance Use Disorders (SUD). With a strong background in theory, research, and current perspectives on prevention and treatment, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a track in Addiction Studies is designed to address the challenges associated with these disorders and educate students preparing for careers in counseling, recovery services, advocacy, and public health.
Program graduates will be workforce ready and well-positioned for success in the competitive job market and for graduate studies at the master’s and doctoral levels. This program is designed to meet the educational requirements necessary for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) licensure. After the completion of the B.A. degree, licensure generally requires passing an exam, completing a case study, and documenting 4,000 hours of post-baccalaureate supervised counseling in the area of SUD. LADC licensing requirements vary by state.
Professional positions associated with SUD counseling and advocacy are growing and offer many career opportunities.
Psychology Core (16 credits)
Addiction Studies Track (24 credits)
General Education Requirements (42-45 credits)
Associated with General Core
Who is My Neighbor? Students explore this question in their second and third years.(6 credits)
- HUM200 Literature, Art, and the Human Credits: 3
Students take one -200 level interdisciplinary course that addresses a basic human question from the perspectives of the literary, visual, and musical arts.
- HIS203 Interactions: The West in the World I Credits: 3 or
- HIS204 Interactions: The West in the World II Credits: 3
How Shall We Live? Students explore this question in their junior and senior years. (6 credits)
- Religion: Faith, Religion, and Social Justice Credits: 3
Students take one Religion course developed with this theme at its center.
- Philosophy: Ethics, Values, and Moral Choices Credits: 3
Students take one Philosophy course developed with this theme at its center.
What, then, Shall We Do? Students explore this question in their junior or senior year. (3 credits)
- Capstone: Justice and Global Responsibility Credits: 3
Students take one of a number of offerings under Justice and Global Responsibility. This seminar serves as the culmination of the Common Core. Informed by problem-solving pedagogy, this seminar enhances the student’s connection with the Catholic vision of the University by focusing on justice and global responsibility.
Area Distribution Courses: The Core Complement
Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)
- One course from: English, History, Modern Language, Philosophy, Religious Studies Credits: 3
- One course from: Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology Credits: 3
Mathematics and Natural Sciences (6 credits)
- One course in Mathematics: MA112 College Algebra or above Credits: 3
- One course from: Computer Science, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, or Physical Science Credits: 3-4
Culture through Language (6 credits)
Students must demonstrate university-level introductory competency in a language other than English.
Degree Requirements (Minimum): 120 credits