The bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Addiction Studies consists of courses from key disciplines, such as counseling,
child development and family studies, psychology and sociology, as well as study in diversity, aging, disabilities and wellness.
Core coursework explores the history, theories and concepts of mental health and mental illness, as well as investigation of the structures and service delivery mechanisms for prevention, intervention and treatment of mental disorders, with a concentrated focus on addiction and recovery.
Tailor this major to your interests by taking one of these courses as you pursue your degree:
Overview of core concepts related to substance use and substance use disorders. Topics include the history of drug use/addiction, effects on societal members, pharmacology of common psychoactive drugs, theories of addiction, treatment approaches, mutual support, recovery and relapse.
Introduction to Addiction Studies
Overview of core concepts related to the prevention of mental illness and addiction. Topics include the evolution of prevention practices, risk and preventive factors, psychosocial and environmental determinants, selecting and evaluating evidence-based models, and health equity.
Prevention in Mental Health
Overview of core issues of trauma and its impact on children and families, with an emphasis on growth, learning and adult relationships. Students apply critical inquiry to explore the broader impact of trauma on society, including individual productivity and financial costs, and develop public awareness and learning material.
Trauma, Resiliency and Children
Take advantage of special options related to this major:
Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first-
and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.