Degree type(s): Minor
Degree field(s): Behavioral Science
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Addiction Counseling Minor Program

The curriculum in Addiction Counseling (minor) is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the addiction counseling profession. The addiction counseling minor can be coupled with any degree but lends itself well to those interested in criminal justice, psychology or social work.

Career Outlook for Addiction Counseling Minors

Students who add this minor may explore advanced education to become a licensed counselor.

  • ADC 309, 311, 318; PSY 406 and two courses from the following: (with consent of advisor or program director)
  • CRJ 310 Corrections
  • CRJ 320 Juvenile Justice
  • SOC 404 Marriage and the Family
  • SWK 431 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • PSY 308 Social Psychology
  • PSY 335 Theories of Personality
  • PSY 345 Forensic Psychology

Course Descriptions

ADC 309 Professional Relationships and Ethics

Surveys the ethical, legal, and professional issues facing the human services worker. It is designed to teach a process of ethical decision-making and to increase awareness of the complexities in practice. Students study the continuum of services for individuals and families experiencing addiction and mental health issues and are introduced to the performance domains of the addiction profession.

3 semester credits 

ADC 311 Dynamics of Addiction

 This course will provide the student with a broad overview of the nature and progression of addictive conditions, and it will explore the impact of those conditions in the lives of addicted individuals, and within the home, family, community, school, work, and social environments.

3 semester credits

ADC 318 Pharmacology of Addiction

This course will provide an overview of the study of drugs, motivations for drug use, social implications, and factors affecting how drugs interact with the human body. It will describe the basic principles and terminology of pharmacology, psychology and physiology of drug use. An introduction and information on the classes of drugs will

be discussed. The categories of drugs will include: alcohol, benzodiazepines, sedative-hypnotics, opiates, marijuana, stimulants, caffeine, cocaine, amphetamines, hallucinogens, inhalants, tobacco, and over-the-counter medications.

In addition, psychotherapeutic drugs and mental illness will be reviewed along with addictive behaviors, including gambling addiction. Contagious diseases including AIDS/HIV are presented.

3 semester credits

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Program Contact:  
Heidi Nieuwsma
Department of Behavioral Sciences Chair and Social Work Program Director
[email protected]