Psychology Minor
Students of psychology often find that their studies overlap with other disciplines in the social sciences. Psychology provides well-balanced that connects to other fields. The curriculum includes introductions to the basic concepts utilized in psychology, foundations of clinical practice, appreciation of societal issues and culture, and development across stages of the lifespan. Students may graduate with a minor in psychology by taking six courses which include two upper-level electives from the upper-level elective (300-level and beyond) in courses relevant to the field of psychology.  These elective courses do not necessarily need to be taken in Psychology, however, and can include courses from other programs such as social work, education, criminal justice, music therapy, etc.

Psychology Minor Curriculum Requirements (18 credits total)

  1. PSY 101 General Psychology (3 credits)
  2. One Developmental Psychology Course (3 credits)
    1. PSY 207 Child Development
    2. PSY 215 Adolescent Development
    3. PSY 217 Human Development Across the Lifespan
  3. One Clinical Psychology Course (3 credits)
    1. PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology
    2. PSY 313 Personality Theory
  4. One Sociocultural Psychology Course (3 credits)
    1. PSY 322 Social Psychology
    2. PSY 324 Cultural Psychology
  5. Two Upper-Level Elective Courses (6 credits total)


Students have the option of taking two courses from one content area and use the additional course as an elective.  For example, students could take PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology and PSY 313 Personality Theory, and they could apply PSY 306 to their Clinical Psychology requirement and PSY 313 as one of their upper-level elective courses.  Please consult with your academic advisor for guidance on fulfilling the minor requirements.


Addiction Studies Minor

The Addiction Studies Minor provides an interdisciplinary education as it relates to substance use, addiction, and recovery. Students will be offered courses in substance use theory, prevention, treatment, and social issues.  There is an additional track that concentrates on addiction counseling and prepares students in becoming a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Level 1 (LADC-1) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The goal of the minor is to increase student knowledge, competency, and skills as it relates to the field of addiction science. According to the website,  “The LADC-I is a person licensed by the Department to conduct an independent practice of alcohol and drug counseling, and to provide supervision to other alcohol and drug counselors.”

A person who has their LADC-I license can bill certain insurance companies for their services with a graduate degree in behavioral science. The license is designed to prepare people for careers in the field of substance use in various settings across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

However, it is also anticipated that there will be many undergraduate students who will be interested in Addiction Studies yet may not be interested in LADC licensure.  Hence, the Addiction Studies Minor is designed to have two tracks that are effectively distinguished as “licensure” versus “non-licensure” tracks. Regardless of track, students in the minor take four core courses.  If the student is not interested in LADC licensure, he or she will take two upper-level (i.e. 300-level or above) elective courses that are relevant to the field of substance use (e.g. HST 332 Drug Trafficking in Latin America). Students interested in licensure will take two graduate classes in counseling psychology as Fifth Year Option courses and will complete an additional 300 hour internship experience.

Addiction Studies Minor (18 credits)

  1. PSY 205: Foundations of Addiction 1 – Macrosystems
  2. PSY 206: Foundations of Addiction 2 – Microsystems 
  3. CRJ 304 Drugs & Society
  4. PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology
  5. Upper-Level Elective
  6. Upper-Level Elective

Addiction Studies Minor – Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Track (24 credits)

  1. PSY 205: Foundations of Addiction 1 – Macrosystems
  2. PSY 206: Foundations of Addiction 2 – Microsystems 
  3. CRJ 304 Drugs & Society
  4. PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology
  5. PSY 622 Counseling Theory
  6. PSY 727 Counseling the Substance Abusing Client
  7. PSY 815 Internship Seminar I (300 hour)


Students pursuing internship for licensure will need to meet the BSAS internship standards including supervised clinical work at an addiction site (e.g. a detox unit).  Students will need to take a seminar corresponding with the semester in which they complete their internship hours.