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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Applied Social and Cultural Studies

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


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.


of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

(per 2016-2020 graduate surveys)


in Maine for getting a job

(Zippia, 2021)

Student financial services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.


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)

To learn more about the program, see the Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Honors program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship, or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member. You should consult with your major advisor or academic director for specific criteria and requirements.


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.


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 the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office Society, Culture, and Language contact Sam McReynolds, Ph.D., Chair at (207) 602-2765 or

Senior capstone experience

You will choose a capstone experience to widen the scope of your expertise. We offer three options:

  • Study abroad with a focused concentration in your coursework
  • Complete an additional internship (This 360-hour experience often leads to a job offer after graduation)
  • Write a senior thesis (with the goal of publishing a professional article)

Global Education

See the world

There is no better way to learn about other cultures than to live them. As an Applied Social and Cultural Studies major, you’re encouraged to explore other societies and ways of life by engaging in global educationWe offer study abroad semesters in Spain, France, Iceland, and Morocco. There are also several shorter travel courses available that will take you to places such as Cuba, Kenya, and Ireland. In addition, you have the option of studying abroad for your capstone experience.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.

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