The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS) is the public liberal arts college of Maine’s cultural and professional center. We offer our diverse community of learners a high quality, affordable education with opportunities for engaged research, scholarship, and creative activity under the mentorship of a distinguished faculty. Our strong liberal and fine arts programs provide the heart and soul of the undergraduate experience at the University of Southern Maine. 

News & Events

A preview of the visual and performing arts events at USM this April.
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A nationally prominent filmmaker will talk about and show one of her films later this month during a special event presented by USM, the Maine Humanities Council and the Portland Museum of Art (PMA). Award-winning director Kelly Reichardt will show and discuss “Meek’s Cutoff,” starring Michelle Williams, as part of a statewide effort to highlight the roles of women in film, according to Ariel Rogers, USM assistant professor of film studies and event co-organizer.
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Two USM professors – one a philosopher and the other a media expert –will examine next month why we love the crime-drama television series, “Breaking Bad.”

Join us for 2014 CAHS Student Recognition Day!

USM Resident Composer Wins National Grant for Baseball Opera

The University of Southern Maine’s resident composer, Daniel Sonenberg, has been named the recipient of a prestigious $15,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant that will be used to produce the world-premiere concert performance of his opera on the life of Josh Gibson, Negro League baseball great. His opera, titled “The Summer King,” will be performed in concert on May 8, 2014, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine, in collaboration with Portland Ovations.