Psychology (Concentration in Addiction Counseling Available)

“Why do people do what they do?”  This is a question which drives many students to pursue a degree in Psychology. Students who seek to earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oakland City University embark on the journey toward understanding what drives behavior.

Personality, mental disorders, and social interactions are explored both in and out of the classroom. Psychology students receive broad training, including hands-on experience in the field of psychology in preparation for graduate school and the workplace.

Psychology: Addiction Counseling

The state of Indiana has recently determined that bachelor level individuals may be eligible to obtain licensure as a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC). The state requires that students major in Addiction Counseling, Psychology, or a related field and take the following courses: 

  • Addiction Theory
  • Psychoactive drugs
  • Addiction counseling skills
  • Theories of personality
  • Developmental psychology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Treatment planning
  • Cultural competency
  • Ethics and professional development and
  • Participate in a 350 hour supervised practicum, internship, or field experience.

All of these courses are now offered at Oakland City University’s main campus. Additionally, most of these courses fit into the requirements for the Psychology program at OCU. Thus, students may major in Psychology and earn a Specialization in Addiction Counseling by taking a few additional courses, which fit into the required electives needed to reach the 120 hour minimum for graduation.

For more information about Indiana Licensure, please visit