This major provides students with the academic coursework necessary to launch their professional careers and make an immediate impact in the lives of those affected by addiction. The undergraduate program in alcohol and drug studies prepares students to enter the addiction field or further their knowledge through advanced degrees.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are prepared to help people overcome challenges they are facing in variety of settings, including treatment centers, detoxification centers, halfway houses, health care facilities, social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, corrections facilities and education institutions.

Due to high demand, graduates are often hired immediately following their internship experience. You may see career titles such as: 

  • Addiction counselor
  • Prevention specialist/educator
  • Behavioral health aide
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Recovery advocate
  • Correctional or probation officer
  • Therapist
  • Program aide
  • Research assistant
  • Drug and alcohol counselor or treatment specialist

Real-World Experiences

As a student in alcohol and drug studies, you'll be able to participate in academic-related activities and programs that provide relevant, real-world experiences.

Whether it's through our pre-professional organization, Students for Alcohol and Drug Education (SADE), an in-person event promoting awareness or prevention, or an online opportunity to expand your network, there are plenty of ways to gain experiences that will help you pursue your goals. 

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About Alcohol and Drug Studies

The Alcohol and Drug Studies major provides students with the academic coursework necessary to pursue the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential and the Board Certified Counselor credential.

Admissions to Program

Students interested in declaring a major in Alcohol and Drug Studies should review all program admission requirements, including scheduling a meeting with the coordinator.

Alcohol and Drug Studies Curriculum

See all program requirements including general education classes, courses within the major, and a sample four-year plan.

Minor in Alcohol and Drug Studies

Learn more about the courses you'll need for a minor in Alcohol and Drug Studies.