Addictions Studies

Partnership Degrees

Two schools. Two degrees. Five years. Study at Briercrest for 3 years and at Minot State University for 2 years to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Briercrest and a Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies from Minot State University.

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The BA Psychology/Bachelor of Science (Addiction Studies) is a 150 credit hour degree program in which students spend 3 years (96 credit hours) studying at Briercrest and 2 years (54 credit hours) at Minot State University.
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Toward the completion of the student's third year of full-time study at Briercrest, the student must apply for admission to the College of Education and Health Sciences at Minot State University.

Students will complete a modified version of the Core Curriculum, as well as 4 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).

New students - apply to the college now and our admissions advisors will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process.

Current students - talk to Academic Services to change programs and/or to be connected with a faculty adviser.

BCS Degree Requirements

(96 credit hours)

Modified BA Core Curriculum

(51 credit hours)

Required Courses

(30 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology I 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology II 3
PSY 280 Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective 3
PSY 301 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 3
PSY 330 Theories of Personality 3
PSY 350 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 351 Psychology of Counselling 3
PSY 381 Psychology of Human Development: Children 3
PSY 382 Psychology of Human Development: Adolescents 3
PSY 383 Psychology of Human Development: Adults 3
PSY 415 Abnormal Psychology 3
Additional required and elective course to fulfill BA Psychology requirements *  

Cognate Requirement

(3 credit hours)

BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function 3

General Education and Support Courses

(18 credit hours)

Choose six courses from the list below:
These courses help fulfill the MSU General Education Inventory. Any courses not taken at Briercrest must be taken at MSU.

ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology 3
COMM 104 Public Speaking 3
HIS 210 American History to 1865
HIS 211 American History since 1865
KIN 262 Physical Activity and Wellness 3
MATH 101 Introduction to Finite Mathematics 3
One of: ECON 100 Microeconomics, ECON 101 Microeconomics, or SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology I 3
Electives 6
PRT 400 Senior Portfolio non-credit
SL 1-4 Service and Experiential Learning non-credit

MSU Degree Requirements

(A minimum of 54 credit hours)

Note: Application to the College of Education and Health Sciences will take place in the student's final semester at BCS

Required Core

(48 credit hours)

PSY 201 Dynamics of Adjustive Behavior and Mental Health 3
PSY 241 Introduction to Statistics 3
PSY 297 Practicum 2
PSY 338 Professional Relations & Ethics 3
PSY 344 Dynamics of Addiction 3
PSY 349 Psychopharmacology 3
PSY 424 Advanced Counseling 3
PSY 476 Group Dynamics 3
SOC 201 Social Problems 3
SWK 340 Social Welfare Policy 3
HMS 203 Health Care Through the Life Span 3
ENGL 315 Professional and Technical Writing 3
PSY 465 Physiological Psychology 4
SS 283 Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America 3
SW 331 Systems Theory and Family Dynamics 3

Electives and/or Required Support Courses

(A minimum of 6 credit hours)

The above may need to be supplemented with additional courses to make up for any deficiencies in the General Education Inventory

* BA Psychology major requirements include 39 credit hours of Psychology coursework, 21 credit hours must be at the 300+ level.

Charles Hackney, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
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Neil Soggie, PhD
Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology
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Ellery Pullman, PhD
Executive Vice-President and Provost, Professor of Psychology and Educational Leadership
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