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Bachelor of Arts in Mental Health and Addiction Studies

The Mental Health and Addiction Studies 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. Students who graduate from this program will also be qualified for entry-level occupations in addiction, mental health and family support services.

The bachelor’s degree in mental health and addiction studies is comprised of 120 credit hours, with coursework from key disciplines including counseling, child development and family studies, psychology and sociology, as well as study in diversity, aging, disabilities and wellness.

The 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.

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Admission Requirements

Incoming Freshmen

Students must be admitted to West Virginia University to become students in the Mental Health and Addiction Studies Program. Direct admission to the program requires incoming freshmen students have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5.

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Current WVU Students

Students changing majors into mental health and addiction studies must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.5.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must have an overall GPA of 2.5 to be accepted into the Mental Health and Addiction Studies Program.

Students transferring from other institutions must apply in advance with the WVU Office of Admissions (304-293-2121) to determine which courses taken at other institutions will be given full credit at WVU.

Degree Requirements - 120 Credit Hours

General Education Foundation (GEF) - 21 Credit Hours

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

GEF Course Name Credit Hours
F1: Composition and Rhetoric ENG 101 & ENG 102 6
F2: Science & Technology   6
F3: Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning   3
F4: Society & Connections CDFS 110 -
F5: Human Inquiry & the Past   3
F6: The Arts & Creativity   3
F7: Global Studies & Diversity WGST 170 -
F8: Focus PSYC 101, SOCA 101 & CDFS 112 -

University Requirements - 1 Credit Hour

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
EDHS 191 First Year Seminar 1

Program Elective Pools - 20 Credit Hours

Disability

Pick two

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
DISB 304 Special Education in Contemporary Society 3
DISB 380 Disability and the Family 3
DISB 381 Lifespan Disability Policy 3
Aging

Pick two

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GERO 410 Rural Gerontology 3
GERO 412 Public Policy of Aging 3
GERO 418 Aging, Women and Culture 3
COMM 317 Communication and Aging 3
SOCA 223 Death and Dying 3
Wellness

Pick two

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PE 224 Enhancing Health and Well-being 3
PASS 359 Mindfulness for Health and Well-being 3
HN&F 200 Nutrition/Activity/Health 3
Diversity

Pick one

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ASP 220 Introduction to Africana Studies 3
FCLT 161 The Many Latin Americas 3
HIST 105 The Middle East 3
HIST 106 East Asia: An Introduction 3
SOCA 235 Race and Ethnic Relations 3
WGST 225 Women in Appalachia 3
WGST 260 Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies 3

Major Courses - 42 Credit Hour

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
COUN 201 Foundations of Mental Health Intervention 3
COUN 230 Life Choices 3
COUN 240 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3
COUN 250 Addiction Screening and Assessment 3
COUN 301 Interpersonal Communication Skills 3
COUN 303 Introduction to the Helping Professions 3
COUN 320 Prevention in Mental Health 3
COUN 340 Counseling Techniques 3
COUN 350 Families and Addiction 3
COUN 400 Diversity and Human Relations 3
CDFS 414 Adolescent Problems and Disorders 3
CDFS 416 Trauma, Resiliency and Children 3
COUN 455 Ethics in Mental Health and Addiction Settings 3
COUN 485 Capstone in Mental Health and Addiction Studies 3

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

West Virginia Association of Family Consumer Sciences $500 Higher Education Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by the WV Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The scholarship is offered annually and the deadline for application is spring of each year.

NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program

To combat the nation’s opioid crisis, HRSA launched the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (SUD Workforce LRP).

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