2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Addiction Studies Minor


Dessa Bergen-Cico, Coordinator Addiction Studies Programs
444C White Hall


The minor in Addiction Studies exposes students to the biological, psychological, and social aspects of substance use and addictive behaviors. Students study emerging trends in addictive behaviors with an emphasis on evidence based approaches to prevention and harm reduction. The minor in Addiction Studies also prepares students for employment in addiction prevention programs and services. Upon completion of the minor, students will have met the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) education training requirements for Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS) and Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP). Supervised work experience (2,000 hours for CPS; 4,000 hours for CPP) and a passing score on the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) exam is required before full certification is awarded by OASAS.


The minor in Addiction Studies is open to all Syracuse University students with a GPA of 2.5 or above, including those within the public health major.  To be admitted into the minor, a student must submit a Declaration of Minor form to his or her faculty advisor, the Addiction Studies Minor coordinator, and the Dean’s office in his or her home college.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

1. State the basic theories and concepts of behavioral neuroscience

2. Identify protective & risk factors for chemical and behavioral addictions in individuals and communities

3. Apply basic principles of addiction prevention education

4. Describe professional values and ethics specific to the addiction prevention role

Curriculum Requirements

Total Credits Required: 19-21


Students matriculated in the Public Health BS program who are pursuing the Addictions Prevention concentration are not eligible for the Addiction Studies minor.