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Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies

Addiction Counseling Program Earns Top 50 Recognition

Top 50 Addiction Counseling master's program award2021 is the 10th anniversary of the Addiction Counseling program at UCO and the graduate program has been recognized as one of the top 50 in the nation.

"To be recognized is terrific," said Dr. J Keith Killian, Director of the Addictions Counseling Program. "This was not ranked by our peer programs, but by all Universities that have addictions counseling programs. The #1 was the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with over 60K undergrads to draw from."

"We were the only one from our region to rank. I believe having the undergraduate SAS program was helpful in breaking through to where we are," Dr. Killian said. "This was compiled by Counselor Magazine. It is a top publication that is recognized by all counseling fields."


Why Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies?

Interested in Sociology, Gerontology, or Substance Abuse Studies? You've come to the right place. Our department is comprised of these three closely related fields of study.

Helping students transform and expand their knowledge base is a goal encouraged by all faculty at UCO. In our department, we combine the best training at a local, national, and even global level with practical service learning and practicum experiences. In small, personalized classes, you're provided with the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking and problem-solving activities using traditional and new technological approaches. As a student of Sociology, Gerontology, or Substance Abuse, you'll have the opportunity to support the health and wellness of your community by studying mental health and addiction issues.

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If you graduate with a major in Sociology, you may expect to enter research positions, community organizing, public administration fields, or pursue a graduate education in a variety of disciplines.

A concentration in Gerontology or human services can prepare you for positions like social service workers, graduate education in behavioral science,  human service fields like social work, counseling, and gerontology. As the only gerontology master's program in the state, we offer flexible, early evening classes along with an option to either write a thesis or complete practicum experiences.

Finally, a focus on Substance Abuse Studies prepares you to work in the fields of substance abuse prevention and treatment or to become a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, or LADC.  You could also go on to pursue our new degree, a Master's in Substance Abuse Studies. 


You may enjoy Sociology, Gerontology, or Substance Abuse Studies if you: 

  • Are looking to have a deeper understanding of humankind
  • Thrive when working with others and enjoy a humanistic approach
  • Want a broad skill set that enables you to make fair, rational decisions
  • Want to focus on people and their interactions with others and the world
  • Want a degree that will prepare you for a large variety of career paths
  • Are interested in becoming a counselor, social worker, geriatric advocate, or data analyst.
  • Are interested in what is going on in the world.