Social Sciences

UMA’s Social Science program provides students with a curriculum and supports to increase their knowledge and skills in the social sciences. The program offers courses supporting UMA’s General Education requirements and in depth training for social science majors. The program is committed to supporting institution wide research literacy and engaging in applied social science research projects. The program delivers its curriculum using a range of hybrid designs, to students on campuses and at a distance. UMA's Social Science program is an online degree program.

Degree Offered: B.A.


Social Sciences

About

 

UMA's Social Science program provides students with a curriculum and extracurricular support to develop their knowledge and skills in the social sciences. The program offers courses supporting UMA's General Education requirements and in depth training for social science majors. We are committed to supporting institution wide research literacy and engaging in applied social science research projects. To meet student needs, we deliver curriculum with range of designs to students on campuses and at a distance.

A degree in Social Science from UMA qualifies you for important careers requiring decision making, problem solving, evaluation, research, and written or oral communication. Many of our graduates advance to leading roles in government, business, education, social services, and other fields.

Graduates of UMA's Social Science program have well-developed organizational and interpersonal skills. These skills, along with the related skills listed below, have served our students well as they prepare for careers as teachers, lawyers, social workers, college administrators, and much more.

Others cap the baccalaureate degree with graduate study, yielding opportunities in law, clinical psychology, social sciences, research, college teaching, and much more. Indeed, the Social Science curriculum provides a solid foundation on which ambitious students may build and succeed.

Social Science Careers You Can Seek

Social Science majors develop a wide range of skills which they utilize in a variety of occupational areas. The list below showcases a sampling of occupations pursued by our Social Sciences majors. Some positions may require additional specific training.

Education/Research

Human Services

Market Research Interviewer Learning Disabled Student Consultant College Recruiter Adult Education Director Career Counselor Teacher (special education, elementary, secondary educator)* Professor** Statistician** Program Evaluator Program Director Pregnancy Counselor Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Director of Client Services Domestic Violence Victim Advocate Academic Mentor Recreation Department Director Elder Services Coordinator Attorney** Mental Health Rehabilitation Coordinator*

Business

Communications

Radio Advertising Account Executive Employment Advisor Web Journalist Travel Guide Financial Advisor* Organizational Consultant Retail Management Federal/State Employee/Civil Servant Lobbyist Social Media Consultant Arbitrator Peace Corps/VISTA Volunteer Museum Guide/Director Technical Writer Probation/Parole Officer Journalist/Reporter Organizational Program Analyst

*With additional certification. **With advanced degree.

Academics

What is Social Science

What is Social Science?

"Social science" is a term whose origin can be traced back to early efforts to classify the sciences, dividing them into the philosophy of science and three branches (natural sciences, social sciences and the formal sciences). The sciences and related STEM disciplines constitute a major portion of curriculum of contemporary universities.  The term "social science" was itself was accepted into contemporary academe at the emergence in the first half of the 19th century.

The social sciences encompass multiple fields of scholarship, research and professional preparation. While debate about 'the definitive list' is endless in any system of classification, the social sciences have in common three basic components: i) a shared history; ii) a commitment to the use of scientific methods; and iii) a focus upon aspects of human nature. Social science research focuses upon the study of societies, cultures, social organizations and the behavior and mind of individuals. Social science disciplines are cornerstones of academic journals, professional organizations and academic institutions to which practitioners belong.

At the conceptual level, social sciences overlap with but are distinguishable from i) behavioral sciences, ii) organizational sciences and iii) cognitive or information sciences. Each of these constructs historically emerged subsequent to the recognition of the social sciences even as the nature of scholarship and scientific inquiry, social systems and academe have evolved.

Common to nearly all definitions of the social sciences are sociology, anthropology, communications, economics, history, political science and psychology. More inclusive lists have included disciplines as varied as journalism, jurisprudence, law, education, geography, linguistics, criminology, developmental studies, and demography. At the heart of debates about the boundaries of all scientific disciplines are the basic questions of 1) when does inquiry become scientific investigation; and 2) when does applied research become 'action research'? These debates invigorate research and teaching in the social sciences.

Augusta

The central campus of the University of Maine at Augusta is located in our state's capital city, placed conveniently near the Augusta Civic Center and a vital commercial district.  The Social Science program offers a variety of in-person courses that, in combination with our online and Interactive Television (ITV) offerings, allow students to obtain their B.A. in Social Science while maintaining an active life in Central Maine.

The courses we are teaching live on the Augusta campus in the Spring of 2015 include:

COL 100: Introduction to the College Experience

COM 101: Public Speaking

COM 102: Interpersonal Communications

COM 104: Communication in Groups and Organizations

PSY 100:  Introduction to Psychology

PSY 308:  Human Development

PSY 345: Problems and Interventions in Childhood

PSY 415: Cross-Cultural Psychology

SOC 101:  Introduction to Sociology

SOC 201:  Social Problems

SOC 301:  Social Theory

Additional program coursework can be completed online, at our companion Bangor campus, in the statewide centers of the University College system, or through our ITV system.

Bangor

Although the central campus of the University of Maine at Augusta is located in our state's capital city, we also maintain a strong presence on our 43-acre Bangor campus.  The Social Science program offers a variety of in-person courses that, in combination with our online and Interactive Television (ITV) offerings, allow students to obtain their B.A. in Social Science without leaving the Queen City.

Our specific in-person course offerings at Bangor vary from semester to semester.  The courses we are teaching live on the Bangor campus in the Spring of 2015 include:

COL 100:  Introduction to the College Experience

COM 101: Public Speaking

COM 102: Interpersonal Communications

EDU 328: Creative Development and Art for Young Children

EDU 352: Interventions for Families with Children

PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology

PSY 308: Human Development

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

SOC 201: Social Problems

SSC 332: Addiction and the Family

Additional program coursework can be completed online or through our ITV system.

Online

The Social Science Program is pleased to offer a full complement of courses delivered online to match students' demanding schedules. Online courses in the Spring of 2015 include:

ANT 102: Cultural Anthropology

COL 214:  Professionalism in the Workplace

COM 102:  Interpersonal Communication

COM 104:  Communication in Groups and Organizations

EDU 250:  Foundations of Education

EDU 329:  Science and the Project Approach for the Young Child

EDU 366: Children and Young Adult Literature

EDU 380: Literacy and Technology Across the Curriculum

EDU 387: Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom

EDU 390: Methods of Teaching

EDU 401: Educational Psychology

PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology

PSY 229: Models of Addiction

PSY 302: Psychology of Childhood

PSY 304: Psychology of Adolescence

PSY 308:  Human Development

PSY 345: Problems and Interventions in Childhood

PSY 362: Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

PSY 364: Psychology of Men and Boys

PSY 400: Abnormal Psychology

PSY 401: Educational Psychology

SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

SOC 201: Social Problems 

SOC 360: Sociology of the Family

SSC 110: Introduction to Human Sexuality

SSC 318: Adolescence, Substance Abuse and Criminality

SSC 364: Human Rights Violation: Torture and Trauma

SSC 420: Social Science Senior Projects

SSC 450: Conflict Resolution

Statewide

The Social Science Program delivers courses to statewide centers beyond Bangor and Augusta, both through Instructional Television (ITV) and in person.

ITV courses are available every semester in each of our disciplines.  In-person and videoconference courses being taught at Centers and Sites during Spring 2015 include:

COM 101, Public Speaking

COM 102, Interpersonal Communications

COM 104, Communication in Groups and Organizations

EDU 261, Early Childhood Curriculum

EDU 328, Creative Development and Art for Young Children

PSY 100, Introduction to Psychology

PSY 308, Human Development

PSY 345, Problems and Interventions in Childhood

PSY 400, Abnormal Psychology

SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology

SOC 201, Social Problems

SOC 370, Sociology of Culture

SSC 317, Leadership Seminar

SSC 318, Adolescence, Substance Abuse and Criminality

SSC 450, Conflict Resolution

Learning Outcomes

This page describes the expected learning outcomes for students completing the Social Science program.  The learning outcomes below, developed by the Social Science faculty in 2011, describe the knowledge and skills that students should be able to demonstrate upon completing a social science major.  It is our hope that by publishing these learning outcomes:
  • Social Science students will better understand the standard of accomplishment expected of them, helping them to succeed in their studies,

  • Social Science faculty will continue to focus on the core set of achievements we expect of our students when designing courses, and

  • Prospective employers will better understand the capabilities of Social Science graduates from the University of Maine at Augusta.

Learning Outcomes for UMA Social Science Majors

Learning outcomes at the University fall into two categories -- general education outcomes expected of all students and social science outcomes expected particularly of social science majors.

 

General Education Outcomes

As a graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta, you will be able to:

  1. write clearly and effectively in multiple forms
  2. speak effectively in diverse settings and in a manner appropriate to different audiences
  3. find, evaluate and use information from digital and non-digital sources
  4. use digital technologies and demonstrate digital literacy
  5. comprehend and competently apply quantitative concepts and analytic tools
  6. apply scientific methods and knowledge to solve practical and theoretical problems
  7. demonstrate understanding of the elements of at least one area of the fine arts
  8. demonstrate knowledge of the role language and culture play in shaping societies
  9. demonstrate understanding of cultural diversity and the limitations of your own cultural perspective
 

Social Science Outcomes

As a graduate of the Social Science program at the University of Maine at Augusta, you will be able to:
 
  1. articulate the defining characteristics of social sciences within the scientific community
  2. describe the professional standards of the social sciences and articulate a developing professional identity
  3. communicate effectively using the language of the social sciences
  4. understand and apply the theoretical perspectives of the social sciences
  5. engage in research in at least one of the social sciences
  6. demonstrate insight regarding, and apply problem-solving strategies to, the behavior of individuals and small groups
  7. assess the sociocultural contexts that influence individual and collective behavior and collaborate effectively across social and cultural divides

 

Program News

 

UMA Social Science Program Welcomes New Faculty

 

Assistant Professor of Social Science Kati CorlewThe social science program at the University of Maine at Augusta is proud to announce the newest addition to its faculty.  Assistant Professor Laura Kate "Kati" Corlew comes to UMA with wide and deep expertise on organizational structure, the role of culture and community in psychology, civic engagement and the response of communities to climate change.  Dr. Corlew earned her PhD in 2012 Community and Cultural P...

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Professor Dean Earns 2014-2015 Meritorious Faculty Award

 

At ceremonies marking the start of the 2014-2015 academic school year, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Teacher Certification Cynthia Dean was awarded the University of Maine at Augusta's Meritorious Achievement Award for the year.  UMA Provost Joseph Szakas commended Professor Dean for her outstanding work:

 

deanmeritoriousfaculty"Cindy Dean came to UMA and the College of Arts and Sciences a few years ago t...

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UMA Social Media Research Featured at Two 2014 Conferences

 

jamescookfall2012Assistant Professor of Social Science James Cook continues to research the sociological patterns and impact of social media this year, and his research is being featured in two academic conferences.  At the 2014 meetings of the New England Political Science Association in April, Prof. Cook presented the findings in a new paper entitled "Making Connections: Twitter Networks of the Maine State Legislature." 

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NEW in the Fall of 2013:  Sociology Minor

The Social Sciences faculty is pleased to announce the development of a Minor in Sociology.  

This minor is designed for individuals who are non-Social Science majors who wish to explore the content area of sociology further.  It provides students with a distinctly sociological approach to social phenomena.  The methods and concepts of sociology yield powerful insights into the social processes shaping lives, experiences, pr...

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Professor Cook to Present Research on Social Media and Politics at Upcoming Conference

 

jamescookfall2012Assistant Professor James Cook travels to Halifax, Nova Scotia in September to make a presentation at Dalhousie University for the 2013 Social Media & Society Conference. Dr. Cook will be presenting the results of his research into patterns of social network contact between Senators and constituents over Twitter.  Fittingly, announcements regarding the conference are being shared through t...

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Professor Lake-Corral to Present Research on Culture and Pedagogy at ASA 2013

 

Assistant Professor Lorien Lake-Corral made a presentation at a regular session at the 108th annual conference of the American Sociological Association this August in New York City. Dr. Lake-Corral presented her research on the presentation of 'culture' in introductory sociology textbooks and the pedagogical and canonical implications of her findings.  

 

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NEW SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSE IN FALL 2013:

SOC 330: SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CAREbarbarasnowadzky

 

The health care system is one of the most influential institutions of our times.  If you want to know more about how the field of modern medicine grew to be so powerful, from a sociologist’s perspective, then the upcoming class in the “Sociology of Medicine” is for you.

The course will examine the social context of health and illness: who gets sick, who gets help, and how some social pro...

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Cynthia Dean Named 2012 Baker Scholar

 

The Maine Writing Project announces that Social Science program faculty member Cynthia Dean has been named the Maine Writing Project Baker Scholar for 2012:

 

"The Baker Scholar is awarded to a Maine Writing Project teacher-consultant who exemplifies thoughtful teaching, inspired scholarship, and important contributions to the Maine Writing Project community. 

Cynthia Dean joined the Maine Writing Project in 2004. ...

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A Meritorious Achievement Award for Professor Lorien Lake-Corral

At the beginning of the Fall semester of 2012, faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta applauded Assistant Professor of Social Science Lorien Lake-Corral for her outstanding service to the university community.  Provost Joseph Szakas explained why Prof. Lake-Corral has earned UMA's Meritorious Achievement Award for the year:

lakecorralaward "Despite being at UMA for only two years, Lorien has already made many positive contri...

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The Global Understanding Course

The faculty have been researching the means of offering a course that allows students to work with other students internationally online. The goals of the course include developing skills in the area of perspective taking and global citizenship. This project has been supported by the Office of the Provost. A classroom is being redesigned to allow for both group and one to one international collaboration. It is being undertaken by Professor Ken Elliott in colla...

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