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

USM University of Southern Maine King Tide
Artists, actors and residents will mark the late-night, early-morning occasion of the “king tide” -- a high tide rising above the flood marker of 11.6 feet -- with street theatre, street sculpture, outdoor cinema featuring flood-movie trailers, puppetry and general bonhomie at one of Portland’s most vulnerable areas for tidal flooding.
USM University of Southern Maine Sarah Orne Jewett Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Robin Whitham Acker of the Portland area, a graduate student in USM’s American and New England Studies (ANES) program, has identified a photographic portrait of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, hanging in the Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick, as a valuable artifact created by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879).
USM University of Southern Maine Warren Foundation Scholarship winners
A total of 70 students was acknowledged for their individual scholarship and academic achievement during the event on Monday, April 28, at Corthell Concert Hall. Scholarships and awards totaling more than $415,000 were awarded, with $257,000 in music talent scholarships and $93,000 in music merit scholarships presented.

Creative Thinking in STEM

USM Creative Thinking STEM University of Southern Maine

Raphael DiLuzio, USM associate professor of digital art and design, and his academic team, using a grant from the National Science Foundation, are taking creative-thinking processes from the art studio into USM's undergraduate science and technology classrooms.

The team researched and developed teaching modules on creative thinking to introduce to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educators at the university.

The goal is to evaluate the effects on STEM faculty and undergraduates, with the potential for teaching and reinforcing the creative-process across the curriculum at universities, much like writing is taught across disciplines.

Working with USM computer science, math, biology, chemistry and physics faculty, the team first held a week-long workshop on creativity and teaching methods at USM's CI2 Lab.

Also on the team are Kelly Hrenko, assistant professor of art, Jan Piribeck, professor of art, Carl Blue, associate professor of technology, and Clare Congdon, associate professor of computer science.