BA in Sociology Addictions Counseling Track

Those seeking Kansas licensure as an addictions counselor (LAC) have a pathway to eligibility to sit for the LAC licensure exam in Kansas through the BA in Sociology at FHSU.  Individuals must complete the FHSU BA in Sociology core requirements and complete 30 credit hours of addictions counseling courses, all of which are designated as Sociology (SOC) credit.  These 30 hours can be applied to the BA in Sociology degree in both the upper division elective requirement in sociology (15 hours) and the free elective requirements (23 hours, at least 12 hours of which must be upper division).  The 30 hours of required addiction counseling course include:


  • SOC 672 Workshop in Sociology: Introduction to Addictions (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 672 Workshop in Sociology: Individual Counseling in Addictions (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 672 Workshop in Sociology: Addictions Counseling with Families (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 672 Workshop in Sociology: Ethics in Addictions Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 672 Workshop in Sociology: Group Counseling with Addiction Populations (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 672 Workshop in Sociology: Pharmacology & High Risk Medical Issues (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 672 Workshop in Sociology: Psychopathology & Addictions (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 672 Workshop in Sociology: Client Management Procedures (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 677 Internship in Sociology: Addictions Practicum I (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 677 Internship in Sociology: Addictions Practicum II (3 Credit Hours)

Addictions Counseling Track Total: 30 Credit Hours


Note for those already holding a related bachelors degree
Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) will consider individuals with other bachelor degrees plus completion of the 30 hours of addictions counseling curriculum outlined above to be eligible to sit for the LAC licensure exam in Kansas. Such individuals would also need to have completed an introductory or an advanced methods of social/behavioral research class. Consult BSRB for whether a particular bachelor degree is considered eligible.

You may download the BSRB Licenses Addiction Counselor - Coursework Review Form here.

For any questions about addictions counseling, contact the Department’s addiction counseling coordinator, Dr. Tim Davis, at: todavis@fhsu.edu or 785-628-5395

Importantly, individuals seeking credentialing in addictions counseling in a state other than Kansas are responsible for knowing that state’s credentialing requirements, as well as the necessary educational requirements to be eligible for licensure or certification in that state.

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