The Behavioral Sciences and Social Sciences Programs at UMFK currently cover the following degrees, majors, and minors: Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences, an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Behavioral Science, and minors in Cultural Studies, Behavioral Sciences, and Social Sciences.
The programs in Behavioral Sciences and Social Sciences at UMFK share a common goal, to assist students to acquire a broad understanding of peoples, their societies and cultures, their histories and beliefs, and their individual behaviors as members of a community. With this understanding the student gains a sense of stewardship and responsibility as a member of a community and as a world citizen. The Behavioral Sciences are Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology. The Social Sciences include the Behavioral Sciences, but add Economics, Geography, Government/Political Science and History.
Anthropology is the broadest of the social sciences. It, the study of humanity, covers the four sub-fields of physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology and linguistics. It studies all the bio-cultural dimensions of our species across time and place.
Psychology focuses on the individual within a community, studying brain function, cognition and memory, consciousness, and the development of self-identity. A sub-field of Psychology, Human Services applies behavioral sciences to the psychosocial needs of the community. Sociology bridges these two, with its focus on social structures and institutions. These sciences investigate the dynamic interplay between the individual and the socio-cultural institutions, and how each contributes to the historical development of the other.
The Social Sciences add economics, political science, geography and history to the three Behavioral Sciences.
Economics is the study of how goods and services are produced, distributed, and consumed; market forces; and globalism.
Political Science studies the functions of governmental structures and institutions; the operations of democracy and other forms of public management; and the nature of law. Geography focuses on place, and mapping the human experience.
Finally, History covers our documented past, and how we, as social beings, represent ourselves.
The core purpose of the Social Science Major to is provide the student with the ability to conceptualize civilization across time and geographical space, and to understand the interconnection of the individual, place and time, society, history and culture, and the greater world.