Applied Social and Cultural Studies Curriculum

Curricular Requirements
Three (3) of the following four (4) courses:  
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 3
SOC 270 - Classical Social Theory OR 3
SOC 280 - Contemporary Social Theory  
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:

  1. Internship – students may take between 9 and 16 credits to complete this ACE. Students may select from over 800 sites in the departmental 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 department chair to see if they qualify to meet the requirement for the Capstone.

Applied Concentration

There are three concentrations in the ASCS major. 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. These concentrations are:

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 & 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.