Minor in Psychology

A minor is a great compliment to any major or program, reflecting the acquisition of  indepth knowledge and experience. The minor in psychology is demonstrative of additional skills and interests while highlighting your individuality. A minor can be beneficial in the pursuit of a well-rounded educational experience and important when applying to graduate school or jobs. Although it is not required, it is recommended. Speak to your major/program advisor if you are looking to pursue a minor.

Psychology Minor Requirements

18 Credit Hours (6 Classes) – Fall 2012 and After

Psychology Core Sequences (9 Credits)

  • PSYC 1100 (Introduction to Psychology)
  • PSYC 2040 (Children and Adolescent Psychology) OR PSYC 2000 (Lifespan Development)
  • PSYC 2700 (Intro to Behavioral Research Methods)

Psychology Electives (9 Credits):

9 credit hours (3 classes) of Psychology Elective courses. Psychology Electives are considered any Psychology course listed in the latest Undergraduate Catalog that you have not previously taken, and have met the prerequisites and requirements to take. *Courses must be approved by Psychology Advisor/Department.

  • A grade of a “C” or better is required for all Psychology courses applied to the minor.
  • 18 total credit hours required (9 credits of Psychology Core + 9 credits of Psychology Electives) for a Minor in Psychology.
  • Students wishing to Minor in Psychology must first declare their Minor with a “Major/Minor” form. This form can be obtained from your advisor.
  • Before graduation or when the minor is completed, the student must see a Psychology Advisor to obtain a “Completion of Psychology Minor” memo, and submit the form to the Office of Evaluations (ADM 128) with their graduation application for their major program.

Note:If you are transferring psychology courses to CSU there may be a direct substitution to some of the Core requirements. Ask a Psychology Advisor about possible substitutions.

AODA Undergraduate Minor

(Advanced Training for Alcohol and Other Drugs of Addictions Counseling)

Accredited by The Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association

Students who are interested in the AODA minor should speak to their program advisor as well as the AODA/Psychology Advisor to incorporate the program in their degree. This minor is a great compliment to any degree and helps increase the marketability of your skills in your career which can help with job placement.

About Certification

Students completing the ADOA training program will be eligible to take the Illinois State Certification Examination for their CADC administered by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association to receive their CADC . The goal of the program is to lead to employment in facilities such as:

  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Community agencies and organizations

The two-year work experience requirement will be waived for students who complete and IAODAPCA accredited program.


CSU course numbers are given in parentheses:

  • Intro to Psychology (1100) 
  • Childhood and Adolescence (2040) or Lifespan Development (2000)
  • Abnormal Psychology (2155)

*Students are required to take all prerequisite courses. Will not be given credit towards program requirements.

Required Courses(18 Credits)

  • Psychopharmacology and Theories of Substance Use Disorder (4300)
  • Family Violence and Addictions/Trauma Informed Treatment for Women and Adolescents  (4302)
  • Assessment, Planning and Case Management  (4303)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders (4306)
  • Addictions Internship I:  Addictions Counseling (4307) (Includes 300 hours of field placement)
  • Addictions Internship II: Ethics and Professional Issues in Addictions Counseling (4308) (Includes 300 hours of field placement)

CSU Exams: Students must take English, Math and Reading Placement examinations

Students must receive a 'C' or higher in all courses.

Students will be required to do an internship of 600 field hours, which must be completed within a year and approved by the program coordinator.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is projected to grow 23% from 2020-2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. A key reason for the growth is that the Affordable Care Act mandates that insurance providers cover treatment for mental health issues now as well as the shift in how the justice system is dealing with drug offenders. Rather than jail time, many offenders are receiving treatment-oriented sentences. Many counselors conduct sessions for individuals, families, and groups to provide case management and referral services. In addition, substance abuse counselors are experiencing an increase in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting toll on mental health. In Illinois, the median income for a Drug Abuse Counselor/Mental Health counselor in 2020 is approximately $47,660. It was noted that the government is the  highest paying employer for this occupation.

Interesting Facts

  • Alcohol is the most commonly used substance, and the 3rd most common cause of death in the United States.
  • Globally, alcohol misuse is the fifth leading risk factor for permature death and disability.
  • In 2019, 9.5 million American adults suffer from +1 co-occurring disorders-both substance abuse and mental health disorders.
  • Substance abuse and addiction cost the US over $470 billion dollars per year in work efficiency, healthcare expenses and crime increases.
  • 90% of people with a substance abuse disorder began using drugs or drinking alcohol prior to the age of 18.
  • Death from overdose has tripled since 1990, particularly death from Fentanyl use in 2019 is at an epidemic rate.

AODA Program Coordinator/Advisor

Maryse Nazon, PsyD, CADC, MISA

Phone: (773) 995-2394

E-mail: mnazon@csu.edu

 Course Descriptions(Please click here for a link to our catalog)

Questions. Walk-ins welcomed!

Phone: (773) 821-2885

Location: HWH 214