Minor in Addiction Studies

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The Minor in Addiction Studies is unique in drawing from experts from many different disciplines—medical, humanities, legal, social sciences, and more—to provide multi-perspective training in addiction and related issues. The program is designed for students whose interests and career goals involve addiction at any level.

Degree Requirements

The Minor in Addiction Studies* requires a total of 18 credit hours. Students must complete 6 courses, with most courses consisting of three (3) credits. 

Prerequisite Courses

  • PSY 121 Introduction to Substance Use and Abuse
  • HIS 240 Alcohol and Other Drugs in American History

Required Courses**
Students must complete four additional courses from the following list:

  • CEP 404 Introduction to Rehabilitation of Substance Abuse and Addiction
  • HIS 401 Altered America: Alcohol and Drug History
  • PMY 498 Undergraduate Research
  • PSY 402 Psychopharmacology
  • PSY 404 Alcohol and Health
  • PSY 451 Drug Addiction
  • PSY 498 Undergraduate Research
  • SOC 311 Drugs and Society
  • SSC 413 Addictions Treatment

Residency Requirement

At least three upper-level classes (300- or 400-level) must be taken at the University at Buffalo.

Students intending to pursue a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) certification are strongly advised to take CEP 404, PSY 402 and PSY 451.

*Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met

**Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite or minor requirements

This multidisciplinary degree complements a wide range of majors, providing students with an evidence-based understanding of the many dimensions of addiction.

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