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Addiction Studies

Student Handbook

The Program
The Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies is designed to prepare students to be a licensed addiction counselor in the state of North Dakota. The program also provides students with a broad based academic background so that other human service career opportunities are available. Emphasis is placed on students developing skills in critical thinking, writing, and synthesizing research material.

Mission Statement
The Addiction Studies Program prepares students to understand the underlying dynamics of addictive behaviors. The student should leave the program with a broad based understanding of how an individual develops an addiction, the behaviors that are exhibited by an addicted individual and treatment paradigms for addictions. Students should also have the tools to evaluate and synthesize research in the field.


  1. To provide a program of study that leads to a major in Addiction Studies.
  2. To provide a sound preparation for graduate work in Addiction Studies.
  3. To provide the academic preparation to pass the state licensing exam for addiction counselors.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the major in Addiction Studies requires that a student have:

  1. A 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
  2. Passed Psy 297 (practicum).
  3. Been accepted after a personal interview.
  4. Been accepted after submitting a written statement discussing why the student wants to go into addiction studies.

Academic Honesty
Academic honesty is at the very core of any college program. Any behavior deemed as academically dishonest by the department will result in an F for the class. Academic dishonesty would include, but is not limited to, the following types of behaviors:

  1. Misrepresenting another individual's work as one's own. Plagiarism.
  2. Copying from another student during an exam.
  3. Copying another students work.
  4. Allowing another student to copy a paper or other class assignment.
  5. Altering one's exam after grading for the purpose of enhancing one's grade.
  6. Submitting the same paper to more than one class.
  7. Use of any material not approved by the instructor during an exam
  8. Turning in reports intended to be based on field collected data but, in fact, it is not.

An F for academic dishonesty can be appealed after the action. A student should follow the procedure set down in the Undergraduate Catalog on page 22.