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University Catalog

Social Science Major (Bachelor of Science)

Vision Statement

The Social Sciences cover the range of human experience, action, and processes from the individual to the global level. The Social Sciences are Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Government, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. The Social Sciences focus on the larger operations of groups and social institutions, the cultural and physical environments of human societies, and human experiences through time and place.


Mission Statement

The Social Sciences Program integrates all the human sciences. These sciences explore the interrelationships of the individual, the group and community, social institutions, human biology, psychology, and culture, the social and physical environments, and human existence through time and location. Our mission is to provide solid foundations in skills and knowledge in the social sciences, and to prepare students for a diversity of careers in the global environment.


Program Description

The Social Science baccalaureate is a 120 credit (4-year) degree that is an integration of anthropology, economics, geography, history, government, and political science. This diversified and flexible major is designed for those interested in professional careers in civil service on the federal and state level, public service, secondary social studies education, pre-library services or pre-law. Students will be guided to develop critical reasoning skills, competence in quantitative and qualitative research, skills in oral and written communication, and social science applications.

No minor is required. For career planning, we do recommend students take a minor such as Criminal Justice or Education, or specialty courses such as law courses, history courses, applied language courses, or the MHRT-C State of Maine (social work) sequence.


Major Goals

Students will

  1. Develop the capacity for critical reasoning; and become skilled at critically evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing through research and writing, using multiple sources of information about the human experience.
  2. Demonstrate critical reasoning by recognizing assumptions that underlie arguments; constructing valid arguments, and developing solutions to problems.
  3. Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills through identifying and solving quantitative problems in social sciences, managing data, recognizing and working with relationships among variables, and developing calculation skills appropriate to the social sciences.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge competence in the disciplines of the social sciences through understanding of the historical development of the fields within social sciences, and through mastery of theories, phenomena, concepts, and research methodologies.
  5. Apply knowledge competency through applying theory to explain phenomena and to analyze case studies; and applying research methodologies to problem solving and to the further development of critical reasoning.
  6. Demonstrate multicultural and cross-cultural awareness of social, cultural, and human biological diversity.
  7. Demonstrate effective oral, written, and technological communication in the human sciences and in their professional careers.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

As stated under General Education Requirements (All Bachelor Degrees)
(partially satisfied by required program courses)

 

Required Program Courses

CRN Course Name Credits
Select one of the following: 3 credits
    ECO 100     Into to Macroeconomics  
    ECO 101     Intro to Microeconomics  
    ECO 201     Environmental Economics  
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology 3 credits
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology OR  
    PSY 100     Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
SSC 340 Research Methods 3 credits
Select one of the following: 3 credits
    GEO 201     Cultural Geography  
    GEO 203     World Geography  
    GEO 280     GIS Applications I  
Select one of the following: 3 credits
    POS 100     Political Science  
    GOV 200     American Government  
    PSA 221     Ethics & Community  
    SSC 105     Introduction to Human Sciences OR  
      SSC 110       Introduction to Human Sciences and  
        Community Mental Health 3 credits
  Upper Level ANT or PSY or SOC elective 3 credits
  Upper Level HTY or ECO or POS/GOV Elective 3 credits
Select either PSY 497 or SSC 440 & SSC 441
PSY 497 Community Behavioral Health Internship OR 9 credits
SSC 440     Research Methods & Theory Seminar (Capstone I) AND    3 credits
    SSC 441     Research (Capstone II) 3 credits
Total 30+ credits

Required Support Courses

CRN Course Name Credits
HTY 100 and HTY 101 OR  
    HTY 102 and HTY 103 6 credits
MAT 351 Statistics 3 credits
SSC 241 Writing and Critical Analysis in Behavioral and Social Sciences   3 credits
Total 12 credits

 

Required Additional Credits

18 Additional credits required through one of the following 4 options:

  1. Complete a Minor (other than Social Science)
  2. Complete 18 upper level credits in a Social Science field: ANT, ECO, GEO, GOV, HTY, POS or SOC
  3. Complete the requirements for Secondary Education, with an endorsement in Social Studies.
  4. Complete Behavioral Health MHRT-C Concentration
  5. Complete Substance Abuse Counseling Concentration

A. Pre-Law Concentration

CRN Course Name Credits
ANT 307 Cultures of North America 3 credits
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Law 3 credits
CRJ 108 Constitutional Law 3 credits
BUS 336 Business Law I OR  
    BUS 337     Business Law II 3 credits
POS 100 Political Science OR  
    PSA 221     Ethics & Community 3 credits
  Elective: Law, Government or History 3 credits
Total 18 credits

B. Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician – Community (MHRT/C) Concentration

“The MHRT/Community Certificate meets the MaineCare “other qualified mental health professional” requirement for providing specific services to adults. Those services include community integration, intensive case management, assertive community treatment, skills development, day support services and family psycho-education as outlined in Chapter II, Sections 17 and 65 of the MaineCare Benefits Manual.” * Copied from the procedural guidelines from Office of Adult Mental Health Services

Required Courses for MHRT/C Certification

  1. ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology or SOC 101 Social Problems (Cultural Competence/Diversity)
  2. SOC 110 Introduction to Human Services and Community Mental Health
  3. PSY 221 Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  4. PSY 232 Incest and Sexual Abuse
  5. PSY 246 Vocational Aspects of Disability
  6. PSY 270 Case Management
  7. PSY 330 Interviewing and Counseling
  8. PSY 332 Substance Abuse Counseling
  9. PSY 344 Crisis Identification and Intervention
  10. PSY 412 Adulthood and Aging 

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 senior year, the portfolio will be reviewed by 2 Behavioral and/or Social Science faculty.


Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Social Science, graduates must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit;
  2. Complete a minimum of 45 hours of upper level credits (300 or higher);
  3. Maintain a minimum, cumulative grade point average of 2.0;
  4. Complete program required courses with a grade of C or better

Required Experiential Work

Students will be expected to work within the campus and local community. The extra-mural service learning experiences are part of the senior year evaluation.


Advisor

Each student, within the first year of attending UMFK, shall select a program advisor from among the full-time faculty in the Social Sciences. The advisor will guide the career and professional choices of the student.


Suggested Course Sequencing

Fall Semester Freshman Year

CRN Course Name Credits
HTY 100/101 World Civilizations OR  
    HTY 102/103     US History 3 credits
ENG 100 English Composition I 3 credits
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology OR  
    ANT 100     Introduction to Anthropology OR  
    SOC 100     Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
  General Education - Quantitative Literacy 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
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology OR  
    PSY 100     Introduction to Psychology OR  
    SOC 100     Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
MAT 351 Statistics I 3 credits
HTY 100/101 World Civilizations OR  
    HTY 102/103     US History 3 credits
COS 103 Introduction to Information Technology 4 credits
Total 16 credits

Fall Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  General Education - Natural Science 4 credits
  General Education - Visual & Performing Arts 3 credits
SSC 105 Introduction to the Social Sciences 3 credits
ANT 100 Introduction to Anthropology  OR  
    PSY 100     Introduction to Psychology OR  
    SOC 100     Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
SSC 241 Writing & Critical Analysis in Behavioral & Social Sciences 3 credits
Total 16 credits

Spring Semester Sophomore Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  General Education - Literature 3 credits
GEO 201 Cultural Geography OR  
    GEO 203     World Geography 3 credits
POS 100 Political Science OR  
    GOV 200     American Government 3 credits
ECO 100 Macroeconomics OR  
    ECO 101     Microeconomics 3 credits
  General Education - Oral Communications                               3 credits
Total 15 credits

Fall and Spring Semesters Junior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
SSC 340 Research Methods (Fall) 3 credits
SSC 440 Research Methods and Theory Seminar (Spring) 3 credits
HTY 100/101 World Civilizations OR  
    HTY 102/103     US History 3 credits
  Concentration or Minor Field of Study 12 credits
  General Education - Foreign Languages 6 credits
  Electives 3 credits
  General Education - Personal & Social Responsibility Project  
Total 30 credits

Fall and Spring Semesters Senior Year

CRN Course Name Credits
  Concentration or Minor Field of Study 6 credits
  Senior Year Practicum/SSC 441 Capstone II                                         4 credits
  Electives 18 credits
Total 28 credits