Substance misuse and addiction disorders are on the rise in the United States. Communities, families and individuals are in critical need of compassionate and qualified professionals to address the crisis. With employment projections indicating an increase of jobs in the field, a degree in addiction studies places you in a position to immediately help those in need and make a positive impact on society.
Colby-Sawyer’s bachelor of arts in addiction studies is designed to provide you with the education, technology and clinical training necessary to turn lives around. Using an interdisciplinary approach that recognizes the complexity of addiction, you’ll blend courses in sociology, public health, biology and psychology to facilitate best practices in prevention, assessment, intervention and treatment.
With an emphasis on alcohol and other drug dependences, you will explore a range of addictive behaviors (e.g., gambling and sexual) and the co-occurrence of mental disorders with addiction.
You will graduate prepared to work in a variety of addiction-related health care settings including outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, the criminal justice system, government agencies and drug courts.
Looking for a broad understanding of psychology and the social and cultural experiences that shape behavior? Colby-Sawyer also offers a B.S. in psychology that can be combined with concentrations in counseling and substance abuse, forensic psychology, child psychology or neuroscience. Please see the college catalog for more information on the psychology major and its related concentrations and minors.