Social and Behavioral Sciences
BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences
The Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) degree program integrates perspectives from psychology, sociology, and anthropology as it prepares students for careers in social services, mental health, law and public policy, early childhood care, and education.
Designed to enhance students' understanding of the psychosocial and cultural influences shaping individual lives and social institutions, the curriculum interweaves interdisciplinary courses in liberal arts with foundational SBS courses. A variety of courses provide more specific professional applications and foster engagement in civic life and ethical citizenship. Students expand upon this knowledge through choices made from an extensive array of elective courses.
Students may use two courses from outside the major as electives with faculty approval. No more than two courses from outside the major may be used as elective courses without permission of the faculty.
The SBS degree offers students the option of either individualized selection of electives for the major or choosing from three predesigned pathways of specialization: a Concentration in Counseling; a Concentration or Minor in Early Childhood Studies; or a Concentration or Minor in Public Health. Students may also choose to integrate the SBS major with related minors or certificates in fields such as Leadership and Organizational Studies; a Certificate in Public Health or Gerontology; or a certification as an Early Childhood Teacher or Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician /Community (MHRT/C). The SBS major also provides a jumpstart (accelerated) option for application to the Master of Occupational Therapy or Master of Leadership Studies program.
As of Spring 2015, the general SBS degree is available fully online. The concentrations are not available fully online, however a subset of courses from each concentration is offered in online format. For more information contact Admissions at email@example.com or visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission for application information.
A critical component of this degree program is the internship (LAC 447). Students select their internship with the assistance of the faculty advisor and the Internship Coordinator. Students identify an organization that will enable them to evaluate potential career opportunities and develop workplace skills. Prior to the internship, students participate in a sequence of two 1.5-credit hour seminars where they learn aspects of career decision making and launching a successful career.
SBS Prerequisite Courses (12 credits) expected to be taken before 300-level courses
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
PSY 101 General Psychology I
PSY 102 General Psychology II
ANT 101 Anthropology: The Cultural View
Before taking 300-level courses in this major, students must have completed a 100-level college writing course with a grade of at least C.
Requirements for the SBS Major (28 credits)
|LCC 150 Statistics for Informed Decision Making||3|
|SBS/HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development||3|
|SBS 300 Deviance and Social Control||3|
| or SBS 310 Childhood and Society (teacher preparation
and Early Childhood Studies)
|SBS 329 Research Methods||3|
|LAC 269 Exploring Careers, Choosing Life Roles||1.5|
|LCC 370 Toward a Global Ethics (writing instruction)||4|
|LAC 413 Job Search Skills for the 21st Century||1.5|
|SBS 430 Applied Social Policy||3|
|LAC 447 Internship||3|
|LCC 480 Senior Seminar (writing Instruction)||3|
SBS Electives (18 credits)
Students will complete at least six electives in SBS. They may structure their choice of these electives by picking a Concentration (Counseling, Early Childhood Studies, or Public Health) or may instead more fully customize the choice of electives for the general degree. For the SBS degree without a concentration, students must select a minimum of two courses from the list of Fundamentals, below. The remainder may be drawn from any 300-level or above SBS electives listed in the following pages.
SBS 301 Group Dynamics
SBS 305 Child Development
SBS 306 Adolescence
SBS 310 Childhood and Society
SBS 311 Theories of Personality
SBS 341 The Family
SBS 345 Diversity: Many Voices
SBS 381 Introduction to Globalization
SBS 390 Brain and Behavior
USM Core (29 Credits) - core courses offered at LAC are:
|LCC 110 College Writing: Language and Literacies (CW)||3|
|LCC 130 The Biology of Human Health w/Lab (SE)||4|
| Or LCC 230 Environmental Science, Policy, and
Sustainability w/Lab (SE)
|LCC 150 Statistics for Informed Decision Making (QR)||Req. of major|
|LCC 123 College and Community I (EYE)||3|
| LCC 200 Creative Critical Inquiry into Modern Life1
(writing instruction) (CI)
|LCC 220 U.S. Democracy: Origins and Development (SCA)1||3|
|Or LCC 320 Sustaining Democracy (SCA)|
| LCC 250 Thinking About The Arts, Thinking Through
The Arts (CE)
|Thematic Cluster2 (see below) or any USM Minor||9|
| LCC 370 Toward a Global Ethics
(writing instruction) (EISRC)
|Req of major|
|LCC 480 Senior Seminar (writing instruction)||Req. of major|
1For the SBS major, students are strongly encouraged to take LCC 200 Creative Critical Thinking to fulfill the CI requirement (or alternatively, to take a Critical Thinking course as a general elective), and LCC 220 U.S. Democracy: Origins and Development, or 320 Sustaining Democracy, to meet the SCA requirement (or alternatively,a Government or Civics course).
2 Requirement may be met with any Thematic Cluster, with any USM minor or double major, or with any three courses 200-level or above outside of the major.
* Descriptions of LCC and LAC classes may be found in the introductory portion of the Lewiston-Auburn College section of this catalog.
General Electives (33 Credits)
Additional courses towards completing a total of 120 credits for the degree may be drawn from any variety of other courses within or outside of the major, chosen depending on student interests, career plans, and prior transfer credits. In some cases, this may entail pursuit of a minor. Students should consult with their advisors on these choices.
Concentrations, Minors, and Certificates
For Catalog information on SBS concentrations, minors, and certificates, see http://usm.maine.edu/sbs/degrees