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Addictions and Law, Justice and Society Programs Ready for Fall 2022

Two programs to consider for fall 2022 are Addiction Studies and Law, Justice, and Society.

Addiction Studies prepares students for careers in addictions, behavioral disorders, and mental health counseling. Employment in these fields is expected to grow 23% from 2020 to 2030 according to federal labor data. In Massachusetts and locally in Worcester County, the consequences of substance abuse have intensified the call for more prevention, treatment and intervention programs. Addiction Studies is available as a major or minor and offers an additional track that focuses on addiction counseling and prepares students to become a Level 1 Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC-1) in Massachusetts.

“The Addiction Studies program is a direct response to a critical community need. There is a shortage of behavioral health workers, and the number of people in need of programs and treatment continues to grow,” said Stefanie Howe, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and director of the curriculum. on drug addiction. “Our program specifically focuses on equity, as some of the greatest increases in opioid overdose death rates are occurring among diverse populations in the region.”

Law, Justice, and Society provides a solid foundation for students considering legal studies, advanced degrees in the social sciences, or careers in advocacy, business, criminal justice, government, international relations, and public service, among others. Students are prepared for careers where employees use presentation, debate, and conflict management skills, knowledge of politics and social justice, and understanding of the relationship between law, politics, and society.

“The Law, Justice, and Society major prepares students for a wide variety of career paths,” said James Bidwell, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs. “Students will learn about institutions, global interdependence, legal philosophies and frameworks, and contemporary social and political issues including race, gender, crime, genocide, and terrorism.”

The Law, Justice, and Society program emphasizes critical thinking and research, communication skills, informed dialogue, and respect for differing viewpoints. It is available in major or minor.

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