Kelsey BarrettKelsey Barrett
Pursuing M.A. in Addiction Studies online

"I decided to add the addiction studies minor to my psychology major because of the versatility in direction and the wide variety of online classes that are available. I never even knew this area of study existed at USD and it sounded very intriguing, especially since addiction is very common in my family. I ended up falling in love with it. Plus, understanding more about people who suffer from addiction not only helped me accept those experiences in my personal life, but it grew a new passion to help people. I eventually made addiction studies my second major, and now I am enrolled in the graduate program."

Michael Richter Michael Richter
B.S., Addiction Studies
Intern, Lakes Counseling Center, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

“I was looking for a major where I could actually make a difference. I decided to take the ADS 116 & 117 introductory courses on alcohol and drug addiction. The professors were so knowledgeable and the content was so interesting that they convinced me that this was a field that I could definitely have an impact."

Kena KanphongphaneMena Khanphongphane
M.A., Addiction Studies
Licensed Addiction Counselor, Woodbury, Minnesota

“While at USD, I was able to interact with and learn from other professionals working in the field of addiction from all over the country. Having access to this network of professionals has helped me tremendously in my current position at a methadone clinic in Minnesota."