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Mental Health and Addiction Studies, BA

Our program is designed for students with broad-based interest in the human condition and serving their communities, as well as those who wish to pursue graduate studies in counseling, social work, public health or other health-related disciplines.

Graduates are also qualified for entry-level occupations in addiction, mental health and family support services.

Your Degree Plan

Intro

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Interested in a helping profession? You may find your fit in this major, which will prepare you to enter the workforce or graduate school.

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.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    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.

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The WVU Difference

What sets this program apart from its competitors?

Scholarships

90% of WVU freshmen receive grants or scholarships (2020-2021).

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Learn by Doing

Learning happens outside the classroom. Get involved.

Complementary minors include:

Students interested in social justice and serving diverse populations might choose one of these minors:

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

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What you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn during class. We’ll help you follow your curiosity.

Careers and Outcomes

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Psychiatric Aides

Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.

Median Salary: $30,260

Possible job titles include: Mental Health Aide (MHA), Mental Health Worker (MHW), Psychiatric Aide, Psychiatric Nursing Aide, Psychiatric Nursing Assistant, Resident Care Technician, Therapeutic Program Worker (TPW) .

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Mental Health Counselors

Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

Has a Bright Outlook , May require a Graduate Degree

Median Salary: $48,520

Possible job titles include: Clinician, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Therapist.

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Child, Family and School Social Workers

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior and truancy. May also advise teachers.

Has a Bright Outlook

Median Salary: $49,150

Possible job titles include: Case Manager, Family Service Worker, Foster Care Social Worker, School Social Worker.

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention and education.

Has a Bright Outlook , May require a Graduate Degree

Median Salary: $49,130

Possible job titles include: Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Therapist, Social Worker.

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Social and Human Service Assistants

Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation or dependent care.

Has a Bright Outlook

Median Salary: $37,610

Possible job titles include: Caseworker, Community Coordinator, Family Support Worker, Social Services Assistant.

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Adult Day Care Worker

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Child Advocate

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Family Support Worker

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Group Home Worker

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Juvenile Court Liaison

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Probation or Parole Officer

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Rehabilitation Case Worker

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Social Service Liaison

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Youth Worker

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Drug Court Case Manager

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Meet Your Community

The Mental Health and Addiction Studies family will inspire and support you.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Mental Health and Addiction Studies major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. They also must meet one of the following admission requirements. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

  • Requirements for direct admission to the Mental Health and Addiction Studies program:

    You must meet the following qualifications:

        GPA: 2.5

Tuition and Aid

How much does Mental Health and Addiction Studies at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident

Per Credit

$422

Per Semester

$5,064

Fall & Spring Semesters

$10,128

Non-Resident

Per Credit

$1,147

Per Semester

$13,764

Fall & Spring Semesters

$27,528

International

Per Credit

$1,147

Per Semester

$14,064

Fall & Spring Semesters

$28,128

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Ways to Save

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Financial Aid

The most important step toward funding your future with financial aid for the Mental Health and Addiction Studies major is submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

How to Complete the FAFSA

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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