Addiction Studies

Program details

Credits required: 21

Location Format   
Online Online

Industry highlights

Employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is expected to grow by 27 percent, through 2020.Bureau of Labor Statistics

Undergraduate minor

Addiction studies adds meaning to your career path

There are many things that employers look for in potential employees. Experience is one thing but academic minors can also be important when considering the potential of job applicants.

The addiction studies minor can enhance many different degrees offered at WMU. The program prepares students for a number of different careers with substance abuse knowledge. The curriculum focuses equally on theory and practice and explores many different methods for dealing with the substance abuse issues.

Why addiction studies (minor) at Western Michigan University

Coursework for the minor can be completed entirely online or with some face-to-face classes on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This multi-disciplinary, 21 credit hour minor prepares students to effectively deal with abuse issues in professional and personal settings.

Take the next steps towards your credentials

The course credit hours can be applied to the educational requirement for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification. This is the entry-level credential for certified addictions counselors in Michigan.

Please refer to the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals for more information.

Who should apply

Current students with a related major at WMU are eligible to complete this minor.

Career opportunities

This minor prepares students for a variety of careers, including:

  • Prevention
  • Community education
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Program management
  • Evaluation
  • Rehabilitation

Employer tuition reimbursement

If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.

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