2014-15 Catalogs

BA in Geography-Anthropology, Secondary Education

The Geography-Anthropology program offers teacher certification tracks for prospective teachers at both the elementary and secondary education levels. These tracks are designed to provide prospective elementary and secondary teachers a strong academic foundation in geography and anthropology.

All students must formally declare their entry into a teacher certification concentration by completing the declaration procedures found on the Office of Educator Preparation web site at http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation. Passing Praxis I scores, creation of a free Tk20 account and declaration application, and two recommendation forms are necessary to complete the declaration process.

All undergraduate and graduate students who matriculate into an Educator Preparation program or pathway in USM summer 2013 or later are required to subscribe to the Tk20 online data management system. The subscription allows students to use the system for assessment, advisement, field-experience and career portfolio management. The subscription fee of $103 covers some of the expenses related to the administration and assessment of the program. For loan purposes, it will be eligible for consideration as part of costs. The subscription is a one-time payment and must be made by each student during the first semester of program or pathway matriculation (check with individual programs and pathways for specific subscription timelines). Subscription instructions are posted on the Office of Educator Preparation web site: http://usm.maine.edu/educatorpreparation 

Please note Professional Education Council Policy:  In order for USM’s Education Preparation Unit program completers to be recommended by the institution to the state for certification or licensure, the candidate must provide evidence of meeting all certification requirements including proficiency on the standards relevant to his/her state approved professional program and this evidence must be compiled and assessed with in the context of the Unit’s data management system (i.e., Tk20). 

For the purposes of field placements in schools during the educational cluster and internship year, students are required to complete and show documentation of the fingerprinting process outlined by the Maine Department of Education: http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/
Students must maintain a high level of academic achievement. Minimum academic requirements are as follows:

  • A grade of C or better in all University Core and major coursework.
  • A grade of B or better in all professional education coursework.
  • An overall GPA of 3.00 or better.

Prior to admission to the professional internship year, students must pass the Praxis II exam and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward the State of Maine Core Teaching Standards.

USM Core Curriculum (including pre-internship education courses):

  • EYE 108, Culture, Identity and Education, or EDU 100, Exploring Teaching as a Profession
  • College Writing-  ENG 100 (3 cr.)
  • Cultural Interpretation (3 cr.)
  • Quantitative-  MAT 120 (4 cr.)
  • Creative Expression (3 cr.) (THE 102 or 170 recommended)
    Socio-Cultural Analysis- HRD 200 Multicultural Human Growth & Development (3 cr.)
  • Science Exploration- GEO 102 (4 cr.)
  • Ethics- EDU 310 Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy (3 cr.)
  • Cluster- EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education, and SED 420 Multi-Tiered Systems of Educational Support (9 cr.)
  • Diversity and International met with EDU 305 and EDU 310 respectively

Geography-Anthropology Major Requirements:

All students with majors or specific discipline minors in the social sciences must achieve at least six credits with grades of B or better in the requirements of those majors or minors. No grades of D will be counted toward fulfillment of the major or minor requirements. Except for Independent Studies, no required course may be repeated more than one time.

All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting departmental requirements for the major, they must also meet the University's minimum readiness requirements and the Core curriculum requirements.

The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum & Professional Education Internship requirements) required for the major: 44-50.

All students must take:

  •  ANT 101 Anthropology: The Cultural View
  •  ANT 103 Introduction to Archaeology
  •  GEO 101 Human Geography
  •  GEO 102 Physical Geography
  •  GYA 210 Perspectives on Environment, Society and Culture since 1750

All students then elect to concentrate in either anthropology or geography.

Students who elect to concentrate in anthropology must also take:

  • Three designated topical, regional or ethnography courses from a minimum of two different professors
  • One designated techniques or applied course
  • 12 additional credits, 6 of which must be ANT courses at or above the 300 level, and 3 of which must be GEO courses at or   above the 200 level.

Students who elect to concentrate in geography must also take:

  • Three designated topical or regional courses from a minimum of two different professors; two of which must be at or above the 200 level
  • One designated techniques or applied course
  • 12 additional credits, 6 of which must be GEO courses at or above the 300 level, and 3 of which must be ANT courses at or above the 200 level.

Additionally, all geography-anthropology majors are required to demonstrate writing competence by completing either two research papers or one research paper and one research product (e.g., poster, media project) in the major with grades of C or better, from two different professors, at least one semester prior to graduation.  The maximum number of hours of internships, field experience, and/or independent studies that can be applied toward the major is 9 hours. All students must meet with their advisors before registering for courses each semester.

Professional Education Internship Requirements: 

  • EDU 404, Secondary Social Studies methods (3 cr.)
  • EDU 441, Seminar I (3 cr.)
  • EDU 442, Seminar II (3 cr.)
  • EDU 324 (9 credits), year long internship


In addition to in-depth knowledge of ANT and GEO gained through the major, students will complete coursework in HTY and other Social Studies disciplines to become highly qualified to teach. Required courses include: HTY 101, HTY 102, and HTY 121, 122, or 123, and 2 POS/ECO electives.

For those students interested in teaching at the middle level, it is recommended that they complete coursework in a second content area (e.g., English, mathematics, science) to become highly qualified to teach that content area in addition to social studies. Finally, students should consider taking education courses that will support them to become better teachers including, but not limited to, topics such as literacy, technology, understanding and collaborating with families.