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Substance Use Disorders Specialty


Learn principles and skills in social work with an emphasis on drug and alcohol treatment and prevention.

Program/Major Codes: AASSUBSTABUS/SSS

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options: Entry-level employment in positions providing substance use disorder services and related community outreach.

Academic Options: Students intending to transfer to a four-year university should pursue the Social Services concentration in the Liberal Arts AA degree.

Program Requirements 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* Select courses to fulfill C or G requirements.** A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

CTE Arts and Humanities Requirement
   Recommend: PHI 101 or 130
CTE Social and Behavioral Science Requirement
   Recommend: ECN 150, PSY 101 or SOC 101
CTE Mathematics and Science Requirement 3-4
CTE Other Requirement
    Recommend: ANT 112 or ANT/HIS/MAS 127
Subtotal 12-13

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
SSE 110 Introduction to Social Welfare 3
SSE 111 Group Work 3
SSE 121 Study of Substance Use Disorders 3
SSE 123 Prevention of Substance Use Disorders 3
SSE 205 Case Report Writing and Documentation 3
SSE 210^ Community Organization and Development 3
SSE 220 Treatment of Substance Use Disorders 3
SSE 222 Political, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Substance Use 3
SSE 224 Substance Use Disorders Among Diverse and Special Needs Populations 3
SSE 281 Social Service Delivery Systems 3
SSE 285 Foundations of Social Work Practice 3
SSE 292 Social Services Field Experience 4
ELEC SSE Elective 3
Subtotal 40

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

WRT 101 English Communication I 3
WRT 102 English Communication II 3
ELEC Electives*** 2-5
Subtotal 8-11
Total 60-64

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core or support courses:  Communications Requirement - WRT 101.

** In the general education categories, select courses so that at least one course is marked "C" (Cultural diversity) or "G" (Global awareness). 

*** Complete 2-5 electives so the total credits for the degree are 60-64. Please see an advisor to select appropriate coursework.

^ SSE 242 can be substituted for SSE 210.