Undergraduate Minor

A multidisciplinary program, this 
21 credit-hour minor prepares you understand and explore substance use and addiction issues in professional and personal arenas. The minor addresses varied aspects of effective service delivery such as prevention, community education, assessment, and treatment.


The undergraduate minor in Addiction Studies at Western Michigan University has the option to be completed entirely online or a combination of online and on-campus coursework in Kalamazoo, MI. 


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.


Take a look at the video below that provides an overview of one of SPADA's Western Essential Studies (WES) courses, ADA 2250 (our intro class)! 


Video of ADA 2250, Drug Use: Personal and Social Impact.

Required courses

All courses are three credit hours.

  • ADA 2250 Drug Use: Personal and Social Impact (WES course) - 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 (WES course)
  • SWRK 4230 Ethics in Substance Abuse Treatment
  • ADA 5200 Family and Addiction