Undergraduate Minor

A multidisciplinary program, this 
21 credit-hour minor prepares you to effectively function with substance abuse issues in professional and personal arenas. You will study both theory and practice, and the program 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.


The undergraduate minor in addiction studies at Western Michigan University can be completed entirely online, or in a hybrid modality, including online and face-to-face coursework on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo.


The course credit hours in the minor 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.

Required courses

All courses are three 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 in fall 2018)