Addiction Studies is an interdisciplinary major designed to provide the education, technology and clinical training needed to prepare students entering an addiction-related healthcare setting. 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. Our graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, the criminal justice system, government agencies and drug courts.
- Identify, define and explain the key terminology, concepts, principles, theories and models from the field of addiction studies.
- Explain the interaction between genetic, biological, psychology and environmental factors in the causes of substance misuse problems.
- Explore dynamics of a chemically dependent family.
- Integrate the assessment and treatment of addiction disorders and co-morbid disorders.
- Describe the importance of cultural competence and how it relates to becoming an effective addiction specialist.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior.
- Apply principles of effective oral and written communications with clients, families and colleagues.