Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences
Make a Difference
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? Are you interested in learning timely, marketable job skills? A degree in Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences (CFAS) will give you the tools to achieve such goals. The CFAS major integrates the desire to help others with practical, professional skills necessary to succeed in today’s human services job market.
CFAS students take courses in a wide variety of departments to gain comprehensive knowledge of human functioning and organizational management. Required courses cover topics such as Understanding Addictive Behavior, Family Financial Counseling, Coaching Leaders, Intimate Relationships, Program Development and Evaluation, and Nutrition. Based on future career goals and interests, students choose electives related to Family Therapy, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Eating Disorders, Human Sexuality, and Parenting. During the senior capstone course, CFAS students learn the basics of grant writing and put these skills into action by creating a funding proposal for a local non-profit agency.
The CFAS major is unique in its focus on both the organizational and service delivery aspects essential for bachelor's level employees in human service agencies. This degree prepares students to excel in careers related to human services administration and service delivery, including substance abuse prevention and counseling, management of community service and outreach organizations, non-profit administration, or case management. The CFAS major also provides a strong foundation for students planning to pursue a graduate degree in counseling, marriage and family therapy, or other mental health fields.
Ask an Adviser
Nichole Morelock, Ph.D., LMFT
Associate Chairperson, CFAS Program Director
Phone: (806) 834-8661
Office: HS 271A
Real World Experience
All CFAS students complete a 14-week practicum, usually scheduled within the summer before their senior year. During the practicum, students work with a community agency or treatment facility to gain valuable hands-on experience in their future career. Through the CFAS practicum, students work side by side with professionals in organizations such as local substance abuse recovery centers, hospice, school-based substance abuse prevention programs, and the Texas Tech Family Therapy Clinic.
The CFAS undergraduate major provides a strong foundation for students who pursue graduate degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, Substance Abuse, Counseling, or other mental health fields. Students have many opportunities to enhance their undergraduate experience and prepare for graduate level study by completing individual study or research projects with faculty members from the Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies (ADRS) program and faculty members from the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program, both of which are closely affiliated with the CFAS major.
Addiction Counseling and Prevention
The CFAS major is an excellent choice for students pursuing a career in substance abuse prevention, addiction recovery counseling, marriage and family therapy, or related mental health fields. Students who complete a degree in Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences are eligible to take the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor examination and register as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern in the state of Texas.