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Bachelor of Science in Community Counseling

The Bachelor of Science in Community Counseling degree is designed to foster an understanding of counseling theories, social issues, and effective counseling practice with a diverse population. The degree will prepare students to work with children, adults, families, and groups in numerous human service settings.

Students will gain the knowledge and skills to complete the certification requirements of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, as well as other certification programs.

Community Counseling Degree Requirements

Students will select one of the following focus areas:

  • Addictions
  • Aging/Gerontology
  • Child/Adolescence
  • Marriage and Family Studies
  • General
    Degree Requirements

What can you do with a community counseling degree?

Students with a bachelor of science in community counseling will be prepared to obtain licensure as a licensed professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, behavioral practitioner, and alcohol and drug abuse counselor.

Additionally, students will be prepared to continue their education in graduate programs including psychology, counseling and human services.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry-level positions in the following areas:

  • community mental health centers
  • youth and family service agencies
  • child and family caseworkers
  • state health and human services departments
  • substance abuse treatment programs
  • addiction specialists
  • correctional facilities
  • detention centers
  • director of residential programs

Charlotte Stoots ’17, B.S. Community Counseling

“I saved Internship II until my last semester. I thought that would give me a better chance of getting hired at DHS. I was lucky enough to be placed with a great group of DHS workers who all offered to be references for me when I applied for a permanent position. RSU taught me so much, I felt prepared going into this field (child welfare). This type of job puts you in a role of major responsibility – taking care of kids! We work with parents to achieve their safety plans and get them needed assistance to get their kids back in their care. This is exactly what I went to school for!”

Charlotte Stoots