Social and Behavioral Sciences


The Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) major is an interdisciplinary program integrating perspectives and critical analyses from Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology along with theory from multiple disciplines including law, public policy, public health, education, and leadership. The major provides an excellent foundation for careers in social services, mental health, education, child and youth services, public health, public policy, and law.  

Five key highlights of the major:

  1. 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 an online or blended format. For more information contact Admissions at or visit the Office of Admissions for application information.
  2. The SBS major provides accelerated pathway opportunities to a number of graduate programs at USM. These include: Counseling, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Law, and Leadership Studies.
  3. The major provides flexibility and accessibility while also offering the option of three predesigned pathways of specialization:  Counseling, Public Health, and Regulatory Ethics.
  4. Students may also choose to integrate the SBS major with related minors or certificates, such as Leadership and Organizational StudiesGerontologyor certification as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician /Community (MHRT/C).
  5. A critical component of the SBS degree program is the internship (SBS 447). With the assistance of their faculty advisor, current course instructor, and the administrative specialist, students identify an organization that will enable them to evaluate potential career opportunities and develop workplace skills.

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.