Develop specialized skills in Addiction Studies

  • The Addiction Studies program provides a comprehensive overview of the dynamics of substance- and non-substance-related addictions, treatment, and prevention
  • This robust curriculum enriches the knowledge and skill levels of students regardless of their academic major and career path
  • The program offers a certificate for Madonna students or others looking to enhance their expertise and competence in the area of addictions
  • To a significant degree, the coursework meets the educational requirements of the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP)
  • Weekend courses are offered to fit busy schedule 

Your Future

For students planning to train in closely related fields, such as social work, psychology,  criminal justice, social services, counseling or human resources, the Addiction Studies certificate will enhance your degree! 

This certificate is an academic credential  for students wishing to pursue the State of Michigan certifcation as a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC) .



Community Leadership

This program provides you with the tools needed to promote positive social change in your community and beyond, preparing you for active, lasting, civic engagement and community leadership roles, as well as a variety of careers in Social Services, Administration, Management and Governmental Organizations.

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Humane Studies

As a student in Humane Studies you will become part of an exciting, cutting-edge field based on the idea of the interconnectedness of social justice, sustainability, and animal protection. 

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Social Work

 A (BSW) degree prepares students for generalist practice, and graduates are eligible for licensure (LBSW) in the state of Michigan. The diverse range of skills you receive in the program will prepare you to work in both public and private settings with an array of clients.

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Faculty Bios

Bart W. MilesChair, Social Work and Sociology Department
Director of MSW Program

B. A., Dordt College

M.S.W., Arizona State University

Ph.D., Arizona State University



Bart W. Miles

Dr. Bart Miles is the Chair of Social Work & Sociology. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2012 from Wayne State University. He completed his doctoral degree in 2003 and his MSW in 1998 at Arizona State University. His interests include treatment of children and adolescents, at-risk urban youth, homelessness/poverty, and qualitative methods. He is actively engaged in the social work community through a variety of activities including serving on boards, consulting with agencies, grant writing, and non-profit evaluation. His research has been mixed methods research primarily with homeless adults and youth.

Dr. Miles has expertise in various qualitative methodologies, including: participatory action research, visual ethnography, discourse analysis, interpretive methods, and computer assisted data analysis.

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Angela KennedyCoordinator, Addiction Studies
Adjunct Instructor, Social Work

 B.A., West Virginia State University

M.A. and M.S.W., Wayne State University

Ph.D., Clayton University

Angela Kennedy

 Angela G. Kennedy is a long-term social work practitioner, social justice advocate, administrator, consultant and social work clinical and academic educator.  She has extensive experience in child welfare, medical social work, behavioral healthcare and services to homeless persons, HIV+ persons, victims of sexual assault and other vulnerable, marginalized and disenfranchised persons.  She joined Madonna University’s Addiction Studies Certificate Program as an Adjunct Assistant Professor during the 2003 winter term.  She later joined the Social Work Department instructing both undergraduate and graduate students.  

Dr. Kennedy currently serves as the Coordinator of the Addiction Studies Program. and earned a BA in Sociology from West Virginia State University, a MSW from Wayne State University and a MA in Dispute Resolution from Wayne State University.  She advanced her educational achievements by earning a PhD in Public Administration.  Her post-graduate education includes research at the University of Toronto and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. 

Dr. Kennedy is a State of Michigan certified clinical and macro social work practitioner, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.   

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