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Division of Arts and Sciences

In the Addictions concentration, learners apply knowledge of theories, treatments, and current research needed to understand and respond to the psychological and behavioral aspects of a variety of addictions. Successful graduates of this concentration are prepared to pursue additional undergraduate-level training, or advanced education in treating addictions. They are also prepared to pursue careers in entry-level positions such as intake worker or psychiatric technician, or in areas such as prevention education.

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Four Required Courses



18 quarter credits

Introduction to Addiction Theories

Learners in this course examine biological, psychological, and social aspects of addictive behavior and explore causes, prevention, and treatment of addiction. Topics include disease models, relapse prevention, family systems, behavioral addictions, harm reduction, and how to promote motivation for change. Learners also describe how social attitudes and personal perspectives influence their professional development.

3 quarter credits
PSYC2900 *
Introduction to Psychology of Personality

In this introductory course, learners gain and demonstrate knowledge of theories of personality psychology. Learners apply these theories to human traits, behaviors, and emotional issues within the field of psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

3 quarter credits
PSYC3110 *
Abnormal Psychology

The focus of this course is abnormal behavior, which learners investigate using the framework of mental pathology. Learners evaluate scientific, empirically based analyses of mental disorders and deviant behavior. Learners also examine the range of psychological disorders and assess the disorders’ biological, psychological, and social consequences. In addition, learners demonstrate their knowledge of abnormal psychology treatment methods. Prerequisite(s): PSYC1000.

6 quarter credits
PSYC4300 *
Introduction to Addiction Treatment

In this introductory course, learners gain and demonstrate knowledge and application of models of addiction, principles of effective addiction treatment, and evidence-based treatment methods. Learners also apply an understanding of motivational interviewing, cognitive and behavioral treatment, 12-step theory and treatment, family therapy, neurobiology of addiction, pharmacotherapy, assessment strategies, ethical issues, and case management. Prerequisite(s): PSYC2300.

6 quarter credits






18 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Please note that some courses within this program have prerequisites that are not listed as required courses, which may increase the total number of courses needed to complete this program.