College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


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. 

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Southern Maine is comprised of 75 faculty and 25 staff. We have 11 departments that offer major fields of study, as well as two graduate-level degree programs. The College is dedicated to providing the best comprehensive education possible to our students while providing a learning environment that cultivates independent thought. We offer a transformative curriculum that ranges from the theoretical frameworks that shape the social sciences to music performance, creative expression and media strategy.

Our location in Maine’s population center provides unique opportunities for internships and service learning that complement our strong liberal arts and professional degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students in our programs are given the opportunity to build skills and portfolios that capture these diverse experiences. 

We teach students to reason effectively, write clearly, speak persuasively, think critically and ethically, and appreciate cultural diversity in order to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly global community. Our goal is to educate our students to be global citizens with the capability to lead through understanding and compassion. 

Professor Ed Collom Awarded 2015-2016 Trustee Professorship

Dr. Ed Collom, Professor of Sociology, is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Trustee Professorship.  The award was established by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees to reward excellence and support a research project by releasing the holder from a portion of their teaching duties.

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