Human Services - Addiction Studies | Springfield College

Human Services - Addiction Studies

Bachelor of Science
About This Program
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Curriculum and Delivery

Flexible scheduling formats to meet your needs.

  • Synchronous and Online 
    • Meeting at a specific day and time with the faculty member and classmates, over a zoom connection. This is ideal for those who want a live classroom feel, but without the restriction of having to be in a specific place. 
  • 100% Online Asynchronous 
    • Participate or engage in the learning process on your own time when and wherever you can connect to the internet. This is ideal for those who need the flexibility to work at their own pace and/ or can't commit to specific class meeting times.  
  • Coursework offers academic and practical lessons in substance abuse theory, prevention, and treatment
  • Course requirements
Start Dates and Duration
  • Starts in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters
  • Students can begin their bachelor's degree at the start of any of the three terms 
  • Students transferring in undergraduate credits and earning credits for what they've already learned through work and life experiences can often finish in 16 months
  • Full-time students with associate's degrees often finish the program in 16 to 24 months
  • Part-time students or those students with fewer transfer or prior learning credits will take longer to complete the degree
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be earned through courses taken to earn a degree from Springfield College
Paying for Your Education
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Addiction universally impacts communities, families, and the spirit. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, more than an estimated 21.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with addiction disorders.

The BS in Human Services: Addiction Studies assists students in becoming effective addictions professionals (counselor or peer or certified prevention specialist) by increasing relevant and critical skills, knowledge, and competencies in addiction-focused health care organizations, which specialize in addiction, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery support, and education. The concentration provides a multidisciplinary approach to addictions and its related areas of focus (mental health, counseling, prevention, and community engagement). The concentration is designed to align with national and local certifications and licensure organizations.

The addiction studies area can provide a sense of clarity amongst those who are addiction and prevention professionals. It can further offer treatment and recovery services into the larger health care system, which will increase access to care, improve quality of services, and produce improved outcomes for those who suffer from addiction.

As an addiction and prevention professional, you’ll be engaged in meaningful work in a demanding field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor is predicting that careers in substance abuse counseling requiring bachelor’s degrees will increase by 22% by 2031. Demand for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors may also increase as states seek treatment and counseling services for drug offenders rather than jail time.

Program graduates work in outpatient and inpatient addiction centers, nursing and residential care facilities, individual and family service agencies, state and local government offices, and other state, local, and private hospitals and centers.

Student Projects

Recent projects by students in our addiction studies concentration:

  • All in For Springfield, addressing gambling addiction on the Springfield, Mass. campus in response to MGM's casino in downtown Springfield.  
  • Addressing the Effects and Consequences of Substance Abuse among African American Males in Rhode Island
  • Serenity EROS (Empowering Recovering Opportunities for Success)
  • The Broken Bird Transitional Housing Program
  • Methadone to Abstinence Program
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Forbes Advisor ranked us among the Best Massachusetts Online Colleges

Springfield College has been recognized as one of the best online colleges in Massachusetts for 2024 by Forbes Advisor. Forbes Advisor scored schools based on the categories of credibility, affordability, student outcomes, student experience, and application process. 

In selecting Springfield College, Forbes advisor noted that the College “offers online bachelor’s degrees with majors that prepare students for careers in human services and the nonprofit sector. The school developed its online programs guided by the Humanics philosophy, emphasizing leadership in service to others. Admission requirements include a high school diploma or GED certificate and at least 15 college credits. Springfield College has a prior learning assessment program that lets students apply credit toward their degree for personal or professional experiences outside the classroom.”

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Core Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed in faithfulness to the Springfield College mission and to further strengthen the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body.

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Career Center

The Career Center’s mission is to educate, inspire, and empower students and alumni to effectively make well-informed career decisions. The staff is committed to student learning and development, and offers a variety of opportunities and programming for students and alumni.

The Academic Success Center offers readily and easily accessible services including support in writing, mathematics, science, subject area tutoring, learning strategies and time management counseling, and assistance for students with documented disabilities.
Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center offers readily and easily accessible services including support in writing, mathematics, science, subject area tutoring, learning strategies and time management counseling, and assistance for students with documented disabilities.