General Studies Substance Abuse Specialization

Transfer Programs
Degree
Associate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies with a Specialization in Substance Abuse
Length
Four-semester (two-year) program
Purpose

Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis in core courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes in substance abuse prevention and treatment. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction and educational agencies that provide human services and/or substance abuse prevention or treatment activities.

Occupational Objectives

Human Services Workers that specialize in Substance Abuse work with youth, adults and their families. They understand issues of addiction, assessment, and treatment of substance abuse as well as community based prevention and case management services. Graduates tend to work under the direction of workers from a variety of fields, such as psychiatry, psychology, rehabilitative or social work.

Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, completion of the General Studies, Substance Abuse Specialization program requires competency in English and Math – MDE 10 as demonstrated through direct enrollment and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required EDE and/or MDE units or the equivalent.

Internship Requirements: Admission to HMS 290 (Coordinated Internship) is selective and must be approved by the internship coordinator. Eligibility is based on the following criteria: minimum GPA of 2.0, completion of course prerequisites (HMS 220, HMS 251, HMS 260), faculty recommendation, expected graduation date, and any relevant internship site requirements. Arrangements for the internship placement are made the semester prior to the one in which the student actually takes the class.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

First Semester

Course # Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credits Transfer
BIO 101 3 3 4
ENG 111 3 0 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Virginia Tech
ENGL 1105
Radford University
CORE 101
Old Dominion University
ENGL 110C
Virginias Private Colleges & Universities
Bluefield College
ENG 1013/1023, GEN ED
Liberty University
ENGL 101
Emory & Henry College
ENG 100
HMS 220 3
PSY 200 3 0 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Virginia Tech
PSYC 1004
Radford University
PSYC 121
Old Dominion University
PSYC 201S
Virginias Private Colleges & Universities
Bluefield College
PSY 1013
Liberty University
PSYC 101
SDV 100 1 0 1
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Radford University
UNIV 100 elective
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 10 3 14  

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credits Transfer
BIO 102 3 3 4
ENG 112 3 0 3
HMS 260 3
MTH 155 3 0 3
SOC 200 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 3 16  

Third Semester

Course # Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credits Transfer
CST 100 3 0 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Radford University
COMS 114
ELE Health or Physical Education Elective 1 0 1
HMS 251 3
ITE 152 3 0 3
SOC 215 3
PSY 215 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Virginia Tech
PSYC 3014
Radford University
PSYC 439
Virginias Private Colleges & Universities
Bluefield College
PSY/CRJ 3034
Liberty University
PSYC 430
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 7 0 16  

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Credits Transfer
HMS 252 3
HMS 290 3 0 3
HUM 201 3 0 3
Elective 1 Humanities Elective 3 0 3
PSY 230 3 0 3
Virginias Public Colleges & Universities
Virginia Tech
PSYC 2034
Radford University
PSYC 230
Old Dominion University
PSYC 203S
Virginias Private Colleges & Universities
Bluefield College
PSY 2043
Liberty University
PSYC 210
Emory & Henry College
Elective Credit
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 12 0 15  

Degree Earned!