Degrees & Programs

Substance Misuse & Addiction Minor


The Substance Misuse and Addiction Minor is designed to provide students from a wide range of majors with an understanding of theories of addiction, assessment and diagnosis of addiction, intervention and prevention strategies with addicted populations, and legal and ethical issues associated with addiction. Students will have the opportunity to apply their educational credits toward the requirements for practice as licensed chemical dependency counselors through the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. This minor would be valuable for students majoring in human development and family sciences, criminology, education, pharmacy, psychology, public health, sociology, and social work, among others.

The Substance Misuse & Addiction minor consists of 12-15 credit hours. Some courses in this minor have pre-requisites. Please consult the course bulletin before enrolling in classes.

Required Core Course (3 credit hours)

  • SOCWORK 3805: Theories and Biological Basis of Addiction (3)

Select three of these courses (8-9 credit hours)

  • FST 4597.01: Alcohol and Society (3)
  • KNSFHP 3312: Issues in Alcohol/Drug Use and Abuse (2)
  • PHR 2400: Addicting Drugs: Effects, Introductory Neurobiology, and Regulation (2)
  • SOCIOL 4506: Drugs and Society (3)
  • SOCWORK 3806: Substance Abuse Screening, Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning (3)
  • SOCWORK 3807: Intervention and Prevention Strategies in Substance Abuse (3)
  • SOCWORK 3808: Group and Relationship Approaches in Substance Abuse Treatment (3)
  • WGSST 2326: Women and Addiction (3)

Select one of these courses (1-3 credit hours)

  • HDFS 4370: Families and Stress (3)
  • PHR 2010: Pharmacology: How Drugs Work (3)
  • PHR 2367: Drug Use in American Culture (3)
  • PHR 3420: Generation RX: America’s Drug-Taking Culture (3)
  • PHR 4460: Current Addiction Neurobiology Literature (1)
  • PUBHHBP 3510: Role of Behavior in Public Health (3)
  • SOCIOL 2202: Social Problems and Public Policy (3)
  • SOCIOL 2210: Sociological Aspects of Deviance (3)
  • SOCWORK 5021: Summer Inst. of Addiction Studies (1)
  • WGSST 2325: Issues in Women’s Health (3)

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