Undergraduate Minor

Please note that, effective fall 2018, the credit hour requirement for the SPADA undergraduate minor in addiction studies has increased from 18 to 21 credit hours. This change was in response to the state requirements for the alcohol and drug credentials with the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP).  Western Michigan University has made diligent efforts to align the SPADA curriculum with MCBAP requirements for certification in order to assist our students in obtaining the CADC more efficiently.  You can find information on state certification below.

The undergraduate minor in addiction studies at Western Michigan University can be completed in its entirety online, or in combination with on-campus coursework. The course credit hours can be applied to the educational requirement for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification. This is the entry-level credential for certified addictions counselors in Michigan. Please refer to the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) for more information.

A multidisciplinary program, the 21 credit-hour minor prepares students to effectively function with abuse issues in professional and personal arenas. It provides a balanced orientation between theory and practice, and does not emphasize any single method for dealing with the problems of substance use. The minor addresses varied aspects of effective service delivery such as prevention, community education, assessment, treatment, program management, evaluation and rehabilitation.

Required Courses:

 (All courses are 3 credit hours)
ADA 2250 Drug Use: Personal and Social Impact
   or ADA 3300 Addiction and the Addiction Process
ADA 3360 Clinical Approaches to Substance Use Disorders
ADA 3370 Substance Abuse Treatment Strategies
ADA 3380 Addiction Assessment, Recovery, and Illness Management
ADA 3410 Diversity and Substance Abuse
SWRK 4230 Ethics in Substance Abuse Treatment
ADA 5200 Family and Addiction  (Course added effective Fall 2018)

To assist in planning your course schedule, please refer to the SPADA undergraduate course rotation schedule.