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Addiction Counseling Concentration

Learn about the inner workings of the human psyche while preparing yourself for a career in psychology or graduate studies. Gain insight into how you and your classmates work on a psychological level.

  • Small class sizes
  • Active Psi Chi chapter and Student Psychology Association.
  • Opportunities for hands-on field experience, International Study, and co-curricular activities.
  • Faculty committed to classroom teaching as well as mentoring students who are conducting research.
  • Opportunities to present research at the Annual Research Symposium and regional professional conferences.
  • Courses that examine various counseling theories and techniques and emphasize the best practices in psychotherapy.

Earn a Bachelor in Arts or Bachelor in Science based on your graduate education path.

Gain real-life experience – all before you graduate.


Obtain work experience and make informed career choices through internships of a semester or more in length.

Job Shadowing

Spring or summer of sophomore year: Engage in job shadowing with one or more licensed counselors or other professionals for a one-week period. Job shadowing will take place at South Central Human Services, the North Dakota State Hospital, or other approved locations.


For those with an emphasis in Addiction Counseling: Apply to a 960-hour NDBACE-approved training practicum. Upon completion, you will be eligible to sit for the licensure exam in North Dakota.

Career Options
  • Psychiatrist (MD)
  • Social Psychologist
  • Sport Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Social Welfare Administrator
  • Guidance Counselor



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Title (credits)
Psyc 101 General Psychology (3)
Biol 150 Introduction to Biology I with Lab (4)
Psyc 201 Psychology in Context (3)
Psyc 202 Research Methods (3)
Psyc 203 Developmental Psychology (3)
Psyc 209 Sophomore Experience in Addiction Counseling (1)
Psyc 302 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Psyc 318 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)

Plus two of the following courses:
Psyc 315 Social Psychology (3)
Psyc 317 Motivation and Emotion (3)
Psyc 319 Cognition (3)


Title (credits)
Psyc 360 Psychopharmacology (3)
Psyc 365 Dynamics of Addiction (3)
Comm 370 Diversity (3)
Psyc 391 Junior Seminar (1)
Psyc 401 Professional Ethics (3)
Psyc 410 Fundamentals of Counseling (3)
Psyc 411 Group Counseling (3)
Psyc 412 Advanced Counseling (3)
Psyc 413 Family Counseling (3)
Psyc 420 Theories of Psychotherapy (3)
Psyc 450 History & Systems (3)
Psyc 498-499 Training Practicum in Addiction Counseling (if applicable) (6-12)

Total Semester Credits Required: 60-72

Ben Kirkeby
Ben Kirkeby, MS
Department Chair
Associate Professor
701-252-3467 ext. 5639
Committed to helping you succeed — both in and out of the classroom.

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