Department of Criminology, Economics and Sociology


Dan Del Gallo

Daniel Del Gallo, 2017 Featured Graduate

In March, Dan Del Gallo became the first national champion wrestler in USM history, winning his class at the 2017 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships. He is also a scholar, twice earning elite status from the NCAA as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grades participating at his finals.
Photo of professor Michael Hillard

USM Grad Students aid report on hunger in Maine

The report, "Hunger Pains: Widespread food insecurity threatens Maine's Future," was released Feb. 10 by the Good Shepherd Food Bank and Portland's Preble Street agency and featured in stories by both the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News. The report's authors used a 2,000-person survey and in-depth interviews conducted by Preble Street staff and the USM students to examine why food insecurity persists.
Photo of professor Michael Hillard

USM’s Michael Hillard quoted in New York Times story on Superrich

Michael Hillard, a USM economics professor and the executive director of its new Food Studies program, was quoted Dec. 10 in a prominent New York Times story on profits among private equity firms.

The Criminology Program and SMCC Complete Articulation Agreement

USM's Criminology Program and SMCC complete articulation agreement.
Professor James Messerschmidt

Jim Messerschmidt Interview in Slovenia

Jim Messerschmidt interviewed after delivering keynote "Masculinities and Femicide," at the conference: "Culture, Masculinities, and Femicide." University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2016.

Find Yourself Here–Studying Economics–At USM!

USM. Find yourself here–at Maine’s Metropolitan University™–and extend your academic experience well beyond our classroom walls.

Update from an Alumna

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?

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)

Why Students Study Criminology at USM

Here are some thoughts that a few current students agreed to share on why they chose criminology as a major or minor.