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University Catalog

Behavioral Science Study Sequence (Associate of Arts in General Studies)

Vision Statement

The Associate of Arts in Behavioral Science is a professional development program within the general field of Human Sciences, which encompasses the disciplines of Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology. The program vision is to develop in its students an understanding of the broader sociocultural and historical forces that create human need and entry-level professional skills to positively impact the lives of others in our communities.


Mission Statement

The Behavioral Science study sequence of the Associate of Arts major is a subset of Behavioral Sciences. It is designed to provide students with the foundations of the Behavioral Sciences, practical experience, and career development. It is designed to interface with the baccalaureate in Behavioral Science, while providing students more options in their higher education careers. Students who complete the AA study sequence in Behavioral Science will have sufficient skills and knowledge for entry-level Human Services employment in Maine. Students graduating with the AA study sequence in Behavioral Science may be admitted into the Baccalaureate in Behavioral Science at the junior level, if they choose to continue into a baccalaureate program.


Program Description/Goals

The Associate of Arts in General Studies concentration in Behavioral Science is a 60 credit (2 year) degree combining a sound liberal arts foundation with the fundamentals of anthropology, psychology, and sociology.


Program Requirements

CRN Course Name Credits
  General Education Requirements 29 credits
Behavioral Science Requirements
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology 3 credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
  Upper Level Anthropology Elective 3 credits
  Upper Level Psychology Elective 3 credits
  Upper Level Sociology Elective 3 credits
SOC 110 Introduction to Human Services & Community Mental Health 3 credits
MAT 351 Statistics 3 credits
  Electives* 10 credits
Total 63 credits

*For students interested in Human Services/Social Work the MHRT-C competencies are recommended.


Techniques for Assessment

The student will be assessed both directly and indirectly. Students are to maintain a year-by-year portfolio of exemplars of their work. In the final year, the portfolio will be reviewed by at least 2 Behavioral and Social Sciences faculty.


Suggested Course Sequencing

Fall Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology 3 credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
HUM 102 First Year Experience 3 credits
Total 15 credits

Spring Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition II 3 credits
  General Education - Oral Communication 3 credits
MAT 351 Statistics 3 credits
  General Education - Arts & Humanities 6 credits
Total 15 credits

Fall Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
SOC 110 Intro to Human Services & Community Health 3 credits
  Upper Level Anthropology 3 credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
  General Education - Natural Science 4 credits
Total 14 credits

Spring Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  Upper Level Sociology 3 credits
  General Electives 10 credits
  Upper Level Psychology 3 credits
Total 16 credits