Program Overview

What makes a group of people a society? How do cultural beliefs affect societies, their cohesiveness, and health? While they are questions of the ages, these inquiries have never been more relevant than they are today. Combining the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, archeology, and political science, this highly interdisciplinary major offers three concentrations: Health, Medicine, and Society; Society, Community, and Human Services; and Law, Crime, and Society. By learning to integrate multiple perspectives, you will be prepared for a broad array of career fields, ranging from public health to criminology.

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Why UNE for Applied Social and Cultural Studies

UNE’s Applied Social and Cultural Studies major, the only one of its kind in the U.S, offers an interdisciplinary approach in three different concentration areas. Personalized academic support from faculty and a robust internship program give our graduates highly valued skill sets and wide-ranging career opportunities.

  • Interdisciplinary curriculum
  • Choice of concentration
  • Focus on engaging fieldwork, including internships and capstone experience
  • Personally designed programs overseen by faculty advisors
  • Travel-abroad opportunities
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Applied Social and Cultural Studies

Academics

Examples of Available Concentrations

Health, Medicine, and Society

Examine health, illness, disability, and mental health issues as well as health care systems. (Ideal for a career in public health, health administration, or mental health)

Society, Community, and Human Services

Study the constituents and institutions involved in community service and development. (Ideal for a career in social work, human services, or community development/education)

Law, Crime, and Society

Explore how society defines and responds to crime, while contemplating the relevance of class, race, gender, and age. (Ideal for a career in law or criminology)

Curriculum

CAS Core Requirements Credits
Total 42–46
ASCL Core (three of the following four courses) Credits
ANT 102 - Cultural Anthropology 3
SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 105 - Introduction to Psychology 3
PSC 105 - Introduction to Political Science 3
SOC 268 - Practice of Social Research and SOC 270 Classical Social Theory or SOC 280 - Contemporary Social Theory 3 and 3
SOC 300 - Internship 3
SOC 370 - Applied Field Methods 3
Total ASCL Core Credits 21
Applied Capstone Experience (See Details Below) 9-16
Concentration Credits (See Options Below) 12
Total Credits in Major 84–95
Open Electives (needed to reach 120 credits) Variable
Minimum Total Required Credits 120

Applied Capstone Experiences (ACE)

Internship

Students may take between 9 and 16 credits to complete this ACE. Students may select from over 750 sites in the Civic Engagement database. This learning opportunity should parallel the student’s concentration and help him/her to gain experience, skills, and knowledge of how systems work and how to develop contacts in a given field.

Thesis

Students may take between 9 and 16 credits to complete this ACE. The thesis should build on the work the student has done in the ASCS major and his/her chosen concentration. This academic work should prepare them for graduate study in disciplines that have been incorporated into their concentration.

Study Abroad

Students will typically take 15-16 credits to complete a study abroad experience. While studying in a foreign society and culture is important, the primary focus is to take courses from the new institution that will help the student to develop his/her areas of interest as it relates to the major. In short, there needs to be an integrated social science experience that drives the study abroad learning as well as the opportunity to explore a new society and culture for this to be a successful experience. All study abroad experiences should first be cleared with the Academic Director, to see if they qualify to meet the requirement for the Capstone.

Applied Concentration

There are three concentrations in the ASCS major: Health, Medicine, and Society; Society, Human Services, and Community; and Law, Crime, and Society. As soon as possible after arriving at UNE students should declare their major. By the end of their second-year students should declare their concentration. There are no required courses in any concentration. In each concentration students, in consultation with their advisor, choose four courses from a variety of disciplines that will help them build foundations, skills, and develop expertise in their chosen concentration.

Health, Medicine, and Society

Sample courses include (but are not limited to)

  • ANT 211 - Medical Anthropology
  • SOC 228 - The Sociology of Aging
  • SOC 275 - The Sociology of Food and Health
  • SOC 355 - Medical Sociology
  • PSY 235 - Health Psychology
  • PSC 325 - Politics and Public Health
Society, Human Services, and Community

Sample courses include (but are not limited to)

  • SOC 215 - Poverty
  • SOC 320 - Community Organization
  • SOC 460 - Social Policy and Planning
  • SOC 480 - The Family
  • PSY 236 - Mental Health and Society
  • PSY 370 - Drugs, Society, and Behavior
Law, Crime, and Society

Sample courses include (but are not limited to)

  • ANT 224 - Forensic Anthropology and Human Rights
  • SOC 170 - Deviance and Crime
  • SOC 333 - Sociology of Law
  • SOC 241 - A Just Society?
  • PSY 252 - Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 255 or 255G - Social Psychology
  • CMM 411 - Communication, Law, and Regulation

Students in this major can participate in the pre-health graduate school preparation tracks.

To learn more about the program see the Academic Catalog.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. Interested students should consult with their major advisor. 

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Careers

The skill set you develop as an Applied Social and Cultural Studies major includes critical thinking, communication skills, the ability to see things through different lenses, and professional skills acquired from internships. You’ll be equipped to enter the workforce across a broad spectrum of fields.

Our graduates have pursued many rewarding professions, including:

  • Lawyer
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Community Organizer
  • Health Administrator
  • Human Relations (HR) Administrator
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • ESL/ELL Teacher
  • Diversity Officer

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.

Beyond the Classroom

International Medical Missions

As an Applied Social and Cultural Studies major, you may opt to travel to Latin America as part of the IMM(UNE) club, which conducts medical volunteer missions in places like Guatemala and Ecuador.

Experiential Learning

The driving force of this program is real-world learning. Whether you’re performing fieldwork, interning, or traveling abroad, hands-on opportunities are found at every turn in your journey.

Internships

Our database of more than 900 internship sites allows you to gain valuable professional experience in a field you want to explore. Our graduates have interned with legal services organizations, international charities, downtown community organizations, public access television stations, and many other groups.

For more information, contact Sam McReynolds, Ph.D., at (207) 602-2765 or smcreynolds@une.edu.

Senior Capstone Experience

As an Applied Social and Cultural Studies student, you choose a capstone experience to widen the scope of your expertise. There are three ways to fulfill the applied capstone experience (ACE).

Internship

You may take between 9 and 16 credits to complete this ACE. You may select from more than 800 sites in the departmental database. This learning opportunity should parallel your area of interest and help you gain experience, skills, and knowledge of how systems work and how to develop options in a given field.

Thesis

You may take between 9 and 16 credits to complete this ACE. The thesis should build on the work you have done in the Applied Social and Cultural Studies major. This academic work should prepare you for graduate study in disciplines that have been incorporated into your study.

Study Abroad

It typically takes 15-16 credits to complete a study abroad experience. While studying in a foreign society and culture is important, the primary focus is to take courses from the new institution that will help you to develop your areas of interest as it relates to your major. In short, there needs to be an integrated social science experience that drives the study abroad learning as well as the opportunity to explore a new society and culture for this to be a successful experience. All study abroad experiences should first be cleared with the department chair to see if they qualify to meet the requirement for the capstone.

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