Social and Behavioral Sciences

Certificate in Regulatory Ethics

The Certificate in Regulatory Ethics is open to anyone.

Addressing a need for regulatory expertise in an increasingly complex world of intersecting rules and requirements, this certificate 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: This page describes the Regulatory Ethics Certificate.  Regulatory Ethics is also available as a Minor, which is open to students in any degree program at USM.

**Students should complete the necessary online application so that the Regulatory Ethics Certificate  appears on their MaineStreet academic plan. See Admission Information for Certificate Programs below.**

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

Required Courses:

  • SBS 362 Understanding Regulation: Applying Scissors to Red Tape
  • SBS 363 Human Factors in Regulation, Compliance, and Policy
  • SBS 370 Toward a Global Ethics (EISRC & INT)

In addition, one of the following elective courses must be completed:
* Please note: 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 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
    • SBS 470 Study Abroad: Experiential Cross-Cultural Ethics Lab (INT)

  • Food, Drugs, and Devices
    • SBS 304 / 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

    • 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 310e Purpose of Schooling in a Democracy for SBS 370 Toward a Global Ethics.

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

Candidates for admission must submit:

  • Online application for Certificate Program;
  • Official transcripts or copies of official transcripts from secondary school and/or all colleges and universities from which you received a degree;
  • Additional or other special admission requirements specified by program.

The application for certificate programs is available online at http://usm.maine.edu/apply. Please note, students who are enrolled solely in an undergraduate certificate program are not eligible for Federal financial aid.