Social and Behavioral Sciences



The Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) major is an interdisciplinary program providing perspectives and critical analyses from Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology to prepare students for the complexity of diverse local communities and the global world we live in. The major provides an excellent foundation for careers in social services, mental health, public health, public safety, child and youth services, education, law, and public policy.  Designed to enhance 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 and an extensive array of electives, including professional applications. 

With numerous community partners in the local area, SBS embraces community engagement as a high-impact practice that fosters engagement in civic life and ethical citizenship.

The major provides tremendous flexibility to students who wish to design their own focal area, while also offering an array of predesigned pathways of specialization: Counseling, Public Health, and Regulatory Ethics. In all of these areas, exploring the intersections of individual, social, and cultural influences deepens understanding and professional competencies. Students may also choose to integrate the SBS major with related minors or certificates, such as Leadership and Organizational Studies, Gerontology, or certification as a  Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician /Community (MHRT/C).

A critical component of the SBS degree program is the internship (LAC 447). With the assistance of their faculty advisor and the Internship Coordinator, students identify an organization that will enable them to evaluate potential career opportunities and develop workplace skills.

The SBS major provides accelerated pathways to graduate programs at USM, including Counseling, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, and Leadership Studies.  Accelerated pathways into Public Health and Law are in development.  Please contact your faculty advisor for more information.

The general SBS degree is available fully online. The certificates, concentrations and minors are not available fully online, although some of the required courses may be offered in online format. For more information contact Admissions at or visit the Office of Admissions for application information.