Arts and Humanities
BA in Arts and Humanities
The Arts and Humanities program is a versatile and flexible degree program available for students who want both a solid liberal arts education and strong preparation for a wide range of career options.
The major encourages students to be agents of change in a rapidly shifting world and prepares students for careers as diverse as education, print and broadcast journalism, advertising, creative writing, government and politics, social services, and arts management, as well as for further study in a range of graduate programs and professional schools, from law and history to business and labor studies.
Courses examine a variety of contemporary and historical issues, and do so in ways that make the past more relevant and the present more understandable.
Courses integrate such fields as writing, history, photography, geography, Franco-American society, popular culture, native and indigenous issues, critical theory, and ethnic studies.
Certain threads run through all courses, from local, regional, and global issues to philosophy and creative thought. Classes feature small group work, discussions, and written work designed to encourage critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills necessary to advance professionally and contribute meaningfully as members of our multicultural society.
We engage students with information literacy, offering courses in blended, online, and hyper-flexible formats.
Our focus is to prepare students to be active, productive citizens of the world.
Total credits necessary for the degree: 120.
Students in this Major are required to complete the Lewiston Common Core Curriculum.
Prerequisite Courses* (10-11 credits)
LCC 110/111 College Writing*
HUM/ENG 120 Introduction to Literature*
LCC 200 Creative Critical Inquiry*
* Students must achieve a grade of C or better in these classes.
Program Requirements (31 credits)
LCC 250 Thinking About Art, Thinking Through Art
HUM 298: Applied Arts & Humanities:
Focus on Lewiston-Auburn and the
Androscoggin River Valley Communities
HUM 300 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory
HUM 316: New Digital Media Literacies:
Self-Fashioning and Critiquing Information
HUM 325 World History and Geography I
HUM 350 Cultural Fieldwork
LCC 370 Toward a Global Ethics
HUM 369 Exploring Careers & Choosing Life Roles
HUM 413 Job Search Skills for the 21st Century
HUM 447 Internship
HUM 478 Community Research Projects
Electives (15 credits)
There are three categories of elective course offerings. Students are required to choose at least two courses from two of the categories. No more than two courses (6 credits) lacking the HUM prefix can be counted as electives within the major.
Regional and Ethnic Studies
HUM 275: Discovering the Past: History Close to Home
HUM 301: French North American Studies
HUM 310: French Settlement in the Northeast
HUM 326: World History and Geography II
HUM/SBS 339: Ethnicity, Immigration and Identity
HUM 340: World Indigenous and Native Societies
HUM 460: Franco-American Community and Archive Work
Literature and Life
HUM 213 Metaphor in Literature, Science, and Religion
HUM 250 Song as Literature
HUM 348 Reading Nature: Landscapes and Literature
HUM/SBS 349 Trauma and Narrative
HUM/SBS 358 Representations of Motherhood
HUM/SBS 366 Transforming Words: Poetry and Psychologies of Change
HUM 370 Literacy Studies
HUM 420 Speculative Fictions
HUM 440 Narrating the Human: Topics in Auto/Biography Studies
EDU 336: Children’s Literature
Arts and Communication
HUM 105 Basic Photography
HUM 201 Creative Writing: Cultivating Your Inner Muse
HUM 230 Digital Photography
HUM 290 Thinking and Writing; Writing and Healing
HUM 295 Creative Expression in Drawing
HUM 304 Writing Children’s Literature
HUM 305 Creative Writing: Poetry
HUM 306 Creative Writing: Fiction
HUM 307 Writing Creative Nonfiction
HUM 322 Professional Communication
HUM 335 Working with Writers
HUM 317 New Media and Social Networking: Identity and Expression Online
HUM 330 International Labor, Literature and the Arts
HUM 355 Introduction to Journalism
HUM 400 Argument and Persuasion
HUM 465 Writing for Social Change
LOS 307 Web Design
LOS 323 Media and Politics
Career Applications Pathways (CAP, 18 – 24 credits)*
Arts and Humanities students are required to complete one of the following pre-professional minors offered at USM LAC.
Leadership Studies Minor 18 – 19 cr.
Secondary Teaching Certificate (English, Social Studies or Dual English and Social Studies) 24 cr.
K-8 Teaching Certificate 24 cr.
Early Childhood Studies Minor 18 cr.
Public Health Minor 18 cr.
Writing Studies Minor (either Professional or Creative Writing Track)** 18 cr.
French North American Studies** 18-21 cr.
* If the CAP requirement is waived, for example, when a student is already working in a field of their choosing, students will need to complete a Thematic Cluster plus 3 additional A&H electives.
**Arts & Humanities students completing a minor in Writing Studies or French North American Studies will need extra electives beyond the requirements of minor to complete their degree. This will include at least two other courses from one of the other A&H elective categories.
Lewiston Common Core (39 or 40 credits)
Descriptions of LCC classes and clusters may be found in the introductory portion of the Lewiston-Auburn College section of this catalog.
LCC 110 College Writing: Language and Literacies
or LCC 111 College Writing: Language and Literacies: Enrichment
LCC 123 College and Community I*
LCC 130 The Biology of Human Health w/Lab**
or LCC 230 Environmental Science, Policy, and Sustainability w/Lab
LCC 150 Statistics for Informed Decision Making
LCC 200 Creative Critical Inquiry into Modern Life
LCC 220 U.S. Democracy: Origins and Development
Or LCC 320 Sustaining Democracy
LCC 250 Thinking About The Arts, Thinking Through The Arts (CE)
Thematic Cluster or any Minor offered at USM***
Expressive Arts/Healing Arts
The Environment: Sustainability and Education
Leadership and Innovation
Early Childhood Education and Studies
Resilience and Vulnerability
LCC 345 College and Community II*
LCC 370 Toward a Global Ethics (writing instruction) (EISRC)
LCC 480 Senior Seminar (writing instruction)
39 or 40
* LCC 123 is required for entering students with less than 24 credits while LCC 345 is required only of students who were not required to take LCC 123.
** LCC 130 is not required for Natural and Applied Sciences majors.
*** Requirement may be met with any Thematic Cluster, or with any USM minor or double major.
General Electives (23-24 credits)
Arts and Humanities students may choose to use their general electives to sample other disciplines or to focus on a particular area of interest or they may choose to declare one of the minors or concentrations in the Arts and Humanities or other disciplines. General electives, for example, may be used to pursue a minor in counseling, early childhood studies, or information systems. One of the greatest strengths of the Arts and Humanities degree is the flexibility and range of career and graduate study options that it offers.
Liberal Studies–Degree Completion (45 credits)
Some students may choose this track, which is designed to assist transfer students and those with professional training or life experiences to achieve their degree. Depending on transcripts and other forms of accreditation, courses and experiences will be assessed for transfer into the major. Entry into this track requires prior approval by the arts and humanities faculty.
Co-curricular Activity Options
Many co-curricular activities are available for students in this major as well as all students at USM:
The Writing Center
A lively writing center staffed by a Coordinator, peer and professional Writing Assistants. Peer Writing Assistants receive training in tutoring pedagogy, participate in the Working With Writers class (HUM 355), and become certified by the College Reading and Language Association (CRLA)—a nationally recognized professional organization. Experience as a Writing Assistant is particularly valuable for future teachers, writers and editors.
The Franco-American Collection
The oldest and largest facility in Maine devoted to Franco-American culture and history, as well as one of the three largest in the United States. It is home to a wide variety of letters, diaries, oral histories, newspapers, scrap-books, maps, audio-recordings, photographs, books, academic papers, and much more from the Androscoggin Valley, other parts of Maine, and around North America. Students are invited to participate in the Collection's many programs, which include international conferences, cultural events, stage performances, music festivals, poetry readings and other activities.
The International Students of Lewiston-Auburn (ISOLA)
A multicultural and international university-community group that promotes ethnic experience in the United States and global engagement. ISOLA sponsors a wide range of seminars, social gatherings, workshops, publications and other vehicles for exchange.