Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses

VTE 115 Veterinary Technical Student Internship

Course covers medical terminology and medical math. Students will participate in the care of animals housed in the veterinary technician facility. Students will also be required to observe in other veterinary medical facilities. Prerequisites: BIO 116, all university general education requirements. Co-requisite: VTE 100.

13966 Veterinary Technical Student Internship Postman 2

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

A general study of people in society, with emphasis upon nature of culture, social institutions, social interaction, and social units, and the influence on the individual. An overview of sociological concepts and perspectives is also presented.

09443 Introduction to SociologySchlenker 3


SOC 302 Social Movements

This course aims for an understanding of social movements and "justice" inAmerican cultures since 1900. Despite their great impacts on our lives today, social movements are often left out of traditional curriculum or misunderstood. We also tend to have narrow and contradictory views of justice in the U.S. We will consider theoretical foundations in social movements as well as particular movements, past and present, like the feminist movement, the black power movement, movements for indigenous justice, movements for reproductive and environmental justice, anti-globalization movements, culture jamming movements, and human rights struggles. 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: WST 101 orSOC 101 or AME 201 or permission of instructor. (Cross listed with AME 302)

14127 Social Movements Corral 3


SOC 316 Criminology

(This course is cross listed with JUS 316.) Designed to enhance student awareness and comprehension of social and cultural factors in the causation of crime and juvenile delinquency. A review and analysis of recent theories and research findings, a theoretical venture in applied sociology. Prerequisite: SOC 101 and SOC 201

14415 Criminology Staff 3


SOC 319 Social Gerontology

Emphasizes the social aspects of the aging process, focusing upon the aging individual as a person and older people as groups within a changing society. In particular, the impact of aging upon the individual and society, and the reactions of the individual and society to aging are examined. Prerequisite: SOC101

12146 Social Gerontology Schlenker 3 (Meets 10/10-11/30)


SOC 350 Sociology of Gender

The application of sociological theories and principles to the study of gender. This examination of the social construction of gender looks at gender roles in the United States as well as cross-culturally. Gender socialization and stratification are explored, along with social policy related to gender issues.

09446 Sociology of Gender Turcotte Seabury 3


SOC 375 Social Networks

An introduction to the essentials of social network theory and the methods of social network analysis, the study of patterns in communication and affiliation. Online, in groups, and friends, you are who you know. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or COM 205 or PSY 205. 3 Credits (this course is cross listed with COM 375)

09371 Social Networks Cook 3



SCI 150 Human Ecology and the Future

Human ecology is the study of the interrelation of humans with the earth's ecosystems. A framework of ideas to describe ecosystem structure and function will be established using basic principles of biology, chemistry, and physics. Prerequisite: minimum grade of "C" in ENG 5, MAT 9, and REA 8 or appropriate scores on the UMA placement test.

09442 Human Ecology and the Future Haggard 3

SSC 100 Introduction to Social Science 

This course introduces students to social sciences with emphasis upon practical knowledge and useful core competencies. It serves as an 'entry portal' course for students in the Social Science BA program. This course is also designed for students in any program wanting to gain a thoughtful overview of the social sciences and the impact of the scientific methods on the study of social phenomena. The course's learning objectives emphasize understanding the origins, methods and limitations of scientific inquiry in the study of human social behavior.

(Blended) 09447 Introduction to Social Science Elliott 3


SSC 110 Introduction to Human Sexuality 

An overview of contemporary information and issues concerning human sexuality. Topics to be included are human reproductive anatomy and physiology, sexual arousal, fertility, types and functions of birth control devices, conception, pregnancy and family planning, aging and sexuality, and alternative sexual patterns.

09448 Introduction to Human Sexuality McCue-Herlihy 3


SSC 320 Research Methods in Social Sciences 

Introduces upper-level undergraduate students in the social sciences and related professional areas to social research methods. Examines research questions, hypotheses, research designs, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis techniques, and data interpretation strategies. Students will be expected to gain competence in procedures used in assessing published research reports. Provides an opportunity to become familiar with ethical issues in social research. Prerequisite: At least one introductory course in the social sciences and MAT 100.

(Blended) 09450 Research Methods in Social Sciences Elliott 3



PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology

This is a basic course in the psychology sequence. Topics covered in this course include background and methods, learning theories, brain and nervous system, personality, perception, intelligence, motivation, emotions, thinking and problem solving, human development, abnormal behavior and social interaction.

12144 Introduction to Psychology Day 3 (Meets 10/10-11/30)


PSY 306 Behavior Modification

The principles of operant conditioning and applications to the understanding and control of behavior in everyday life situations including the classroom. Prerequisite: PSY100

09435 Behavior Modification Ellis 3


PSY 308 Human Development

Provides a life span approach focusing on the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual characteristics of individuals. Emphasis will be placed on psychological stages and needs. Prerequisite: PSY 100

09436 Human Development Day 3


PSY 312 Psychology of Human Adjustment

This course applies traditional and contemporary psychological theories to life span development. Integrates personality and learning theories within the social, cultural and cognitive contexts. A blend of humanistic, developmental and interpersonal theories are applied to the individual's adjustment to everyday life. Prerequisite: PSY100

(Blended) 09437 Psychology of Human Adjustment Elliott 3


PSY 360 Social Psychology

A survey of psychological behavior, how it is studied and how it is influenced. Representative topics include affiliation, aggression, attitude formation and change, attraction, communication, groups, interpersonal perception, mass media, prosocial behavior, prejudice, research methodologies, and situational influences. Prerequisite: PSY100

09439 Social Psychology Lake-Corral 3


PSY 400 Abnormal Psychology

This course covers the history, scope and classification of mental illness and the effectiveness of treatment methods. Topics include schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, behavioral disorders, social deviance and anxiety-related disorders. The biological and environmental determinants of abnormal behaviors are addressed. Prerequisite: PSY 100

09441 Abnormal Psychology Grunder 3