Aug 10, 2022  
University Catalog 2022-2023 
University Catalog 2022-2023

Liberal Studies, Addiction Studies Concentration, BA

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BA in Liberal Studies: Addiction Studies
AU Los Angeles
Credits for Degree: 180 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 36 months

Program Description

Our Addiction Studies core curriculum fosters a global perspective regarding the impact of addiction on the individual, family and community while engaging strength-based approaches to prevention, intervention and treatment. Through the integration of theoretical understanding, experiential learning, and a broad liberal arts education, students engaged in the Addiction Studies Concentration will gain a critical understanding of addiction, its treatment, its individual, social and community impact, and the personal and professional ethical concerns of working in the addiction treatment profession.


Our courses are offered in rotation throughout the year and students are encouraged to build core and elective courses from the list below into their program of study. Students are also advised to take a broad range of coursework in the arts, sciences, philosophy, quantitative studies, history and sociology, in order to gain additional understanding of the diverse complexities that underlie the challenges of addiction.

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  

Plan of Study

Students work with their advisors to build a concentration that includes recommended core courses as well as elective units, based upon their further educational and career goals

Non-Classroom Learning

The Addiction Studies Concentration has established relationships with numerous human service organizations, clinical settings, and social advocacy groups in the Los Angeles area. It is recommended that learners in the Addiction Studies Concentration take at least 6 quarter units of internship/fieldwork in one of the placement sites in order to gain firsthand experience and have an opportunity to apply classroom learning in established work environments.

Additionally, the faculty works individually with learners to develop and design specialized topics of independent study that can be counted toward completion of the Concentration.

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