About Alcohol and Drug Studies

The Alcohol and Drug Studies major is an interdisciplinary program administered by the Department of Health Science.  The program prepares students to enter the addiction field or further their knowledge of addictions to strengthen their competency within other disciplines.  The Alcohol and Drug Studies major provides students with the academic coursework necessary to pursue the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) credential through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, and the Board Certified Counselor (BCC) credential through the Minnesota Certification Board. Students are responsible for verifying their eligibility for credentialing within their respective credentialing boards.  The Department offers a 21 credit Health Science minor and a 27 credit Alcohol and Drug Studies minor.

Entrance Requirements for Major

Alcohol and Drug Studies admission requirements include:

  • Completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • A "C" or better in HLTH 225: Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Studies
  • A "C" or better in two of the following four required General Education courses:
    • CMST 102: Public Speaking
    • CMST 203: Intercultural Communications
    • PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychological Science
    • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
  • Meeting with the Alcohol and Drug Studies Coordinator to complete the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program Permission form and sign the Alcohol and Drug Studies Form of Understanding.

Occupational Demand

Due to the extent of alcohol and drug issues in our society, many employment opportunities exist for alcohol and drug professionals.  Alcohol and Drug Studies graduates are prepared for career opportunities in setting such as treatment centers, detoxification centers, halfway houses, health care facilities, social service agencies, corrections facilities, academic institutions, and others.

The Alcohol and Drug Studies Program receives and posts numerous job announcements for career opportunities in the field.  Students are often hired immediately following their internship experience due to a high demand in the field.

Contact Information:

Current Students in Alcohol & Drug Studies Major:

Dr. Jennifer Londgren
Department of Health Science
Office Location: 174Highland Center North
Email: jennifer.londgren@mnsu.edu
Phone: 507-389-5937

New Students interested in Alcohol & Drug Studies Major:

Dr. Marlene Tappe, MCHES
Department of Health Science
Office Location: 213 Highland Center North
Email: marlene.tappe@mnsu.edu (please email to schedule an appointment)