Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies Minor (non- clinical)

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The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies Minor provides you with knowledge in addiction studies and prepares you for working with individuals who may be affected by substance use disorders.  Our program is certified by both the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). 

Minor Requirements (18 credits)

Required Core Courses (9 credits)

  • HCS 409 Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 423 Theories of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 424 Counseling Diverse Populations for Alcohol and Other Drugs*

*denotes courses that meet both minor and general education requirements

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Choose 3 from the following (pre-requisite HCS 409):

  • HCS 437 Dual Diagnosis of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 445 Psychopharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • HCS 455 Ethics in Alcohol & Other Drugs
  • HCS 404 Criminal Justice and Addictions
  • HCS 439 Grief and Loss for Alcohol & Other Drugs
  • HCS 440 Trauma-Informed Care for Alcohol & Other Drugs
  • HCS 441 Families and Addiction

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies minor, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the various foundations for addiction professionals.
  2. Explain how multiple counseling theories explain and apply to addiction treatments.
  3. Understand and apply professional, ethical practices relevant to counseling work with diverse populations.