2020-21 Catalogs

Minor in Regulatory Ethics

The Regulatory Ethics Minor is open to to students in any degree program at USM.

This minor 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. Thus, it can benefit a broad range of students including but not limited to those interested in pursuing a career in law. The minor provides an understanding 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 an overview of the social underpinnings and structure of regulation; become familiar with where to find relevant information and how to navigate through it; and understand when to call in legal expertise.  They will select a specific regulatory domain to learn about in more depth, and complete a supervised internship experience. Regulatory expertise is highly desirable in an increasingly complex world of intersecting rules and requirements.

Important:  This page describes the Regulatory Ethics Minor. This minor can be completed fully online if the student does an independent study instead of the internship. Regulatory Ethics is also available as a Certificate, which is open to anyone.

** Students should complete the necessary paperwork so that the Regulatory Ethics Minor appears on their MaineStreet academic plan. **


For all USM students, a total of six courses is required for the Regulatory Ethics Minor. Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) majors must also take four additional SBS courses (in any SBS elective area) beyond the six courses listed below:

The following four courses are required:

  • SBS 362 Understanding Regulation: Applying Scissors to Red Tape
  • SBS 363 Human Factors in Regulation
  • SBS 370 Toward a Global Ethics (EISRC)
  • LAC 447 Internship OR SBS 398 Independent Study.  An individualized internship experience coordinated through the Maine Regulatory Training and Ethics Center (MeRTEC)

In addition, two of the following elective courses must be completed (any prefix, not necessarily from the same domain):
* Please note: Asterisked courses numbered 600 through 699 are restricted to graduate students or undergraduate students who have been formally accepted into an accelerated graduate pathway, OR need permission of instructor.

  • 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 361 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
    • SBS 470 Study Abroad: Experiential Cross-Cultural Ethics Lab (INT)

  • Food, Drugs, and Devices
    • SBS 304 / ANT 233 Food and Culture
    • SBS 308 / ANT 302 Medical Anthropology
    • * PPM 672 Food Planning and Policy

  • Health and Human Services
    • ADS 300 Ethics and Youth with Exceptionalities
    • * EDU 659 Special Education Law for School Leaders
    • * EDU 691 Sports Law and Regulation Compliance
    • LOS/SBS 316 Diversity in Organizations (DIV)
    • MPH 425/525 American Health Systems
    • SBS 315 Social Psychology of Disability
    • SBS 335 Legal Issues in Health and Human Services
    • SBS 339 Immigration, Ethnicity, and Identity
    • SBS 345 Diversity: Many Voices (DIV)
    • SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Education
    • * SED 682 Special Education Regulations, Procedures and IEP team

  • 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
    • * MPH 635 Health Law and Ethics
    • * PPM 616 Policy, Planning, and Management Law
    • * PPM 633 Strategic Planning in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
    • PSY 375 Psychology in the Public Interest
    • SBS 430 Applied Social and Public 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 Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy for SBS 370 Toward a Global Ethics.