Mar 30, 2023  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

Addiction - BS in Psychology

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Addiction can take many forms. Individuals today are coping with addictions to a variety of substances and activities, including alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, shopping, and self-injury. Managing addiction involves more than just identifying available treatment options. Uncovering the internal and external behaviors that cause these disorders is critical to helping individuals who suffer from them.

Through the Addiction concentration, students can explore current theories about what causes individuals to develop addictive behavior and what can be done to prevent it. They focus on substance abuse education, study prevention and treatment methods, and discover the factors that put some people at a higher risk of addiction. This concentration can also help students earn some of the hours they need to pursue an addiction counselor certification.

Degree Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credit hours
  • General education courses (46 cr.)
  • Core courses (35 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
  • Psychology elective courses (20 cr.)
  • Elective courses (50 cr.)

Concentration Curriculum

Psychology Elective Courses (20 cr.)

Choose any four 3000-level or 4000-level PSYC courses that are not used to meet other program requirements.

Electives (50 cr.)

Choose 10 courses from general education , BS in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs, or Accelerate Into Master’s  courses. At least one course must be at the 3000, 4000, or 5000 level. Elective credits should total 50 to meet the program requirements. Students may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet their elective requirements.

Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.