Social and Behavioral Sciences

Our Mission

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 (the LAC Common Core curriculum) with foundational SBS courses and a variety of courses providing more specific tools of the trade. Required courses such as Childhood and Society, Deviance and Social Control, and Applied Social Policy reinforce appreciation of the impact of societal influences. Students expand upon this knowledge through choices made from an extensive array of elective courses. Many students focus their choice of electives thematically, pursuing a Concentration in Counseling or in Public Health; a Concentration or Minor in Early Childhood Studies. Other students more fully customize their choice of electives (see link to degree Requirements) or integrate their SBS degree with related minors such asGlobal Studies, Leadership and Organizational Studies, or with a Certificate in Public Health or in Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Just as important to SBS degree study are service learning and field experience opportunities, which enable students to apply classroom learning in the field.  The required sequence of Career Development courses, including the Internship, gives students opportunities to develop relevant skills while exploring professional opportunities firsthand – and often helps launch them in successful careers!

A range of students participate in the SBS program, from recent high school graduates exploring career options to seasoned professionals desiring additional education and career advancement.  A variety of options exist for students interested in receiving credit for prior course credits, work experience, and performance on placement exams.

We also have transfer agreements for students who complete associate degrees in related fields, including students matriculating from Maine’s Community Colleges. Students must complete 120 credit hours of coursework (which may include transfer credits) to complete the degree.

 

Student Goals and Objectives

Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences program will:

  • Cultivate a passion for intellectual inquiry and life learning including skills of oral and written expression, information and technological literacy, critical analysis and evaluation.
  • Engage in critical examination of and self-reflection on issues of difference and diversity; across cultural issues and perspectives; while fostering the interpersonal skills necessary for engaging with diverse populations within the U.S. and globally.
  • Cultivate interest, knowledge and skills of engagement in civic life and ethical citizenship.
  • Acquire foundational knowledge of the theories, methods, and disciplinary perspectives of Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology.
  • Develop career competencies that enable student to function professionally in human and social service fields such as counseling, public health, and community mental health among other specialties.