Social and Behavioral Sciences

Certificate in Regulatory Ethics

The Certificate in Regulatory Ethics is open to all students.

Addressing a need for regulatory expertise in an increasingly complex world of intersecting rules and requirements, the undergraduate Certificate in Regulatory Ethics presents an interdisciplinary approach to understanding regulation, an enterprise that cuts across a wide array of domains ranging from health and social services, to education, business, energy, environment, and more.  The certificate provides an overview of the sociocultural bases of the need to regulate and the relationship between regulation and ethics, as well as the psychological processes that impact policy-making and drive reactions to regulation. Students will gain a basic understanding of the structure of regulation, where to find relevant information and how to navigate through it, as well as when to call in legal expertise.

Important:  Regulatory Ethics is also available as a Minor. This page describes the Regulatory Ethics Certificate. Click here for information on the Regulatory Ethics Minor.

The certificate is comprised of three required courses and one elective.

The following three courses are required:

  • SBS 362 Understanding Regulation: Applying Scissors to Red Tape
  • SBS 399 Special Topics: Human Factors in Regulation, Compliance, and Policy
  • LAC 370 Toward a Global Ethics 

In addition, one of the following elective courses must be completed:

  • Business, Finances, and Labor
    • ACC 418 Principles of Fraud Examination
    • BUS 280 Legal Environment of Business
    • BUS 312 Sport Law
    • BUS 318 Athletics Administration
    • BUS 346 Human Resource Management
    • BUS 382 International Business Law
    • ITS 320 Occupational Safety and Health
    • LOS 314 Employee Relations
    • LOS 316 Entrepreneurship
    • TAH 221 Introduction to Hospitality Management
  • Environment, Energy, and Technology
    • ECO 326 Environmental Economics
    • ECO 327 Natural Resource Economics
    • ESP 200 Environmental Planning
    • ESP 220 Introduction to Environmental Policy
    • ESP 340 Environmental Regulations
    • ITT 376 Network Security and Ethics
    • LOS 310 Science, Technology, and Society
    • PHI 212 Medical Ethics
    • PHI 212 Environmental Ethics
    • PHI 285 Biology, Technology, and Ethics
    • POS 315 Media Law
    • PPM 683 Environmental Law and Policy (graduate level; requires permission of instructor)
    • SBS 470 Study Abroad: Experiential Cross-Cultural Ethics Lab

  • Food, Drugs, and Devices
    • ANT 302/SBS 304 Medical Anthropology
    • PPM 672 Food Planning and Policy (graduate level; requires permission of instructor)

  • Health and Human Services
    • ADS 300 Ethics and Youth with Exceptionalities
    • EDU 659 Special Education Law for School Leaders (graduate level; requires permission of instructor)
    • EDU 691 Sports Law and Regulation Compliance (graduate level; requires permission of instructor)
    • LOS/SBS 316 Diversity in Organizations
    • MPH 425/525 American Health Systems
    • MPH: other graduate level courses by permission of instructor (e.g., MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics; MPH 660 Health Policy; MPH 684 Bioethics, Medicine, and Law)
    • SBS 315 Social Psychology of Disability
    • SBS 335 Legal Issues in Health and Human Services
    • SBS 338 Health Care Policies (offered irregularly)
    • SBS 339 Immigration, Ethnicity, and Identity
    • SBS/ECE/LAE 393 Exceptionality in Early Childhood Education
    • SBS 345 Diversity: Many Voices
    • SBS 435 Children, Policy, and Law (offered irregularly)
    • SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education
    • SED 682 Special Education Regulations, Procedures and IEP team(graduate level; requires permission of instructor)

  • Policy and planning
    • ESP 200 Environmental Planning
    • LOS 322 Leadership in the Public/Nonprofit Sectors
    • LOS 325 State and Local Government
    • LOS/SBS 436 Risk, Public Policy, and Society
    • PPM 616 Policy, Planning, and Management Law (graduate level; requires permission of instructor)
    • MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics (graduate level; requires permission of instructor)
    • PPM 633 Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (graduate level; requires permission of instructor)
    • PSY 375 Psychology in the Public Interest
    • SBS/LOS 430 Applied Social Policy
    • SWO 350 Social Welfare Policy

  • Permissible Substitutions

    • Online training modules on subtopics in regulatory compliance are currently in-development through the Cutler Institute, including Clean Tech, Food Regulations and the FDA, International Importing/Exporting, Manufacturing, Shipping, and Transportation, OSHA, and Research Regulation.  Students may take any three of these modules, and then work individually with a supervisor from MeRTEC (the Maine Regulatory Training and Ethics Center) in an Independent Study to integrate across domains and deepen their understanding, to earn the equivalent of one 3-credit elective course.  This is allowed for one, but not both, of the required electives.
    • Alternative courses may be accepted by individual approval. Any graduate course in a relevant content domain will be accepted with instructor and advisor approval.
    • Students whose career will focus on educational contexts may substitute EDU 310 What is the Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy for LAC 370 Toward a Global Ethics.

A minimum grade of C in each course is required to earn the certificate.

Please visit the Office of Admissions for application information.