2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) 
    
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2014-2015 Walden University Catalog (June 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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 (25 cr.)
  • Psychology elective courses (20 cr.)
  • Elective courses (45 cr.)

Concentration Curriculum


Psychology Elective Courses (20 cr.)


Choose all four courses listed below or any four 3000-level, 4000-level, or 5000-level courses in the School of Psychology.

Electives (45 cr.)


Choose nine courses from general education, BS in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Elective credits should total 45 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.