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A minor is an optional component of a student’s degree that will be reflected on the student’s transcript. Minors are an excellent way for students to customize their learning experience and craft a degree program that is uniquely theirs. Students can even earn multiple minors to supplement a bachelor's degree. For example, students pursuing a degree in interpersonal communication might find that a minor in sociology is an excellent pairing, while a student pursuing a degree in public administration might add a minor in sustainability issues to help create a cleaner, greener future. And in some cases, employers offer bonuses or higher salaries to employees who have a foreign language minor.

The Substance Abuse Studies minor offers students the opportunity to combine a minor that can be applied anywhere in society to improve the lives of people. Far from simply a problem that affect the poor, drug abuse affects every single facet of society and costs business and taxpayers in a multitude of ways. Students who choose this minor have more opportunities to make a fundamental difference in the lives of people in the greatest need. Substance Abuse Studies minors will find that the program complements other degrees in the social sciences as well as those in business, law, criminal justice and education.

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A Substance Abuse Studies minor complements a range of majors in both the College of Liberal Arts and elsewhere in the university. Some of these are:

  • Nursing
  • Human Relations
  • Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Mass Communication
  • Education

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