Degree in Human Services: Alcohol/Substance Abuse

Human Services Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Bachelor of Science


The Alcohol and Substance Abuse concentration provides students with an overview of counseling and support services for this population. The curriculum addresses the history of human services related to alcohol and substance abuse treatment, past and current theoretical approaches, and the rehabilitation trends in the field. Upon successful completion of this degree, students will fulfill the Credentialed Alcohol Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) education requirements for future certification as a New York State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor.

Student Learning Goals:
• Provide the students with an understanding of issues related to alcohol and substance abuse;
• Develop counseling skills related to this population;
• Develop an understanding of treatment and rehabilitation approaches; and
• Prepare students for professional counseling and treatment environment.

Special Features:
Two internships (160 hours each) in alcohol and substance abuse treatment/ counseling settings based on the students interests, experience and academic preparation.

Program Requirements:
• Students must earn a minimum grade of a "C" in each 100-200 level Human Services course;
• Students must have earned at least 30 academic hours and have the permission of the Human Services Program Director to be eligible for an internship;
• Students may repeat any Human Services course in which they earned less than a "C". Students who earn less than a "C" on the second attempt may not continue in the program; and
• Students must complete 12 hours in an alcohol and substance abuse internship.