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Interested in a career where you work directly with people? An undergraduate degree in Substance Abuse Studies provides the opportunity to become a Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor (CADC), which will meet the state of Oklahoma’s requirement for certification. This degree will allow for careers in other human-centered positions as well.

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Graduates with a bachelor’s degree are trained in the twelve core functions, counseling skills, assessment and treatment of chemical dependency and dual diagnosis. Courses are taught by instructors and professors who have practical experience in the fields of chemical dependency and mental health. Classroom instruction includes a variety of teaching methods so that students will gain knowledge in family counseling, group counseling and counseling with special populations.

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Institute of Hope

The Institute of Hope (IOH) is a faculty-directed, student-run class.  The purpose of the class is to promote awareness of social injustices occurring on local, state, national and global levels.  We develop an academic understanding of the causes and consequences of multiple forms of inequality, encourage an awareness of issues and a unified opposition of social injustices in our programming, and work while treating all we meet with dignity.

Career Opportunities

There is a wide variety of career opportunities for Substance Abuse Studies majors, including: 

  • Counseling
  • Case management
  • Mental health services
  • Crisis work
  • Testing/Assessment
  • Behavioral analysis

Community Opportunities

Take advantage of these opportunities in the metro which may spark your interest and even boost your resume.