Department of Sociology

Portland, Maine is a great place to study Sociology!
students in front of Luther Bonney
Portland, Maine is a great place to study Sociology!
view of the Portland campus
Portland, Maine is a great place to study Sociology!
Payson Smith Hall
Portland, Maine is a great place to study Sociology!
Skywalk to Abromson

Sociology HouseWelcome to the USM Sociology Department website! You can learn a lot about us by exploring the links you'll find throughout our site, or stop by the office on the Portland Campus!

News & Events

I hope my news is an encouragement to current students (particularly those who hope to go on to graduate school) and to faculty in particular (without whom I would not be where I am!). I credit much of my success to the mentoring, support, and encouragement I received in my three years there.
Thinking of a degree in Sociology? Here's what a recent survey of our alumni showed they have to say about their USM Sociology degree: "I love it! I feel like I apply my education to my everyday life constantly. I still refer frequently to some lessons or teachers I had." (2000 graduate)

Sociology Students Love USM

Students talk about what they love about the University of Southern Maine.

USM Sociology Alumni

Alumni discuss majoring in Sociology at USM.

Summer 2016 Travel Course to Sweden

CRM 345/SOC 380
 Social Justice & Social Control in Sweden

This course on Social Justice & Social Control in Sweden, hosted by the Criminology Department of Stockholm University, includes guest lectures, visits to a prison, the national police academy, and the Swedish parliament. There will be visits to several museums and cultural sites, both in Stockholm and the University city of Uppsala. You will have opportunities to meet Stockholm University students and to do further traveling.

Please note that you do not need to be a Criminology student to benefit from or do well in this course; applicants from Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, English, Women's Studies, Political Science, and Biology have all enjoyed the program in past years.

Pending approval, this course will be led by Professor Chris Powell and is tentatively scheduled for May 8th to May 29th, 2016.

An informational meeting will be held Wednesday, December 2nd 1:15-2:15 p.m.
201 Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus

For more information contact the Office of International Programs, 207-780-4959