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Minor in Counseling

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The Minor in Counseling provides a solid foundation in the theory and practice of the helping professions and is applicable for students who want to learn more about counseling and mental health. The Minor in Counseling does not lead to certification or licensure at the undergraduate level but is an outstanding preparation for Graduate School studies in counseling or psychology.

A minor in counseling is available to undergraduate students who are working towards a Bachelors degree. Minoring in counseling can improve the quality of majors, as well as enhance occupational settings in the health sciences and human services fields. The counseling minor may also provide ground work for Masters level programs.

Department Highlights

  • Collaborative team and student-centered mentality
  • Hands-on faculty and staff
  • Faculty who are experienced and active researchers
  • MS in Counseling ranked #4 in Education Advisory Board's most meaningful majors
  • Lasting community majors
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Related Careers

A minor in counseling can improve the quality of opportunities and occupations such as:

  • Graduate School
  • Medical School
  • Counselors (various types)
  • Psychologists (various types)
  • Social Workers
  • Medical Field Professionals
  • Behavioral Analysts
  • Educators
  • Marriage and Family Therapists

Benefits of a Minor in Counseling

Counseling is a professional occupation for those interested in providing therapeutic relationships to clients who need help achieving their goals. In essence, counselors help individuals and families grow in becoming aware of opportunities, and learning how to face challenges. The counseling profession focuses on mental health and holistic well-being, with emphases on empathy, acceptance, and authenticity. A minor in counseling will assist students who are interested in therapeutic aspects of their chosen major or future career. Students will gain counseling skills through a diversity of experiential learning, a foundation of various specializations of the counseling profession, and will acquire a comprehensive theoretical knowledge base. The counseling sector of health professions is growing. Students who have a strong desire in helping, encouraging, and interacting with others should keep the counseling minor in mind. In choosing to become educated about counseling, students will be giving to themselves, individuals, organizations, and communities as one.

Coursework (18 hours)

The following courses are required. Each count for 3 credit hours.

NOTE: Minor offered in Stephenville only.

Course Number Course Name Description
CNSL 2300 Introduction to the Counseling Profession An introduction to the broad range of counseling services and their application to schools and community agencies.
CNSL 3300 Diversity and Cultural Awareness Designed to help students understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures
CNSL 3301 Group Processes in Helping Relationships Group dynamics laboratory: group functions and leadership styles related to helping relationships
CNSL 3302 Survey of Career Development and Career Counseling Overview of current problems and developments in career choices
CNSL 4300 Essentials of Helping Relationships Didactic and experiential training in interpersonal relationships; analysis and application of effective counseling activities
CNSL 4301 Introduction to Substance Abuse and Addiction Issues in Counseling Working knowledge of the helping process as it applies to substance abuse and addiction issues in counseling. It focuses on levels of care, clients and their families, current research, trends and success rates in treatments, and ethical guidelines of practice.