BA in Arts and Humanities
- High School Teacher
- Investigative Reporter
- Communications director in Public Health Agency
- Special Education Teacher
- Grant Writer
- Middle School Teacher
- Adult Education Teacher
- VISTA/Americorps Coordinator
- Promotional Coordinator
- Alternative Education Teacher
- Community Services Coordinator
- Assistant to the Commissioner, Maine Department of Labor
- Telephone Technician
- Research Associate
- Academic Advisor
- Elementary School Teacher
- Multicultural Affairs Program Coordinator
- Director of Enrollment Services
- Parent Educator
- Social Worker
- Organic Farmer
- Literacy Manager
The Arts and Humanities program is a versatile and flexible degree program available for students who want both a solid liberal arts education and strong preparation for a wide range of career options.
The major encourages students to be agents of change in a rapidly shifting world and prepares students for careers as diverse as education, print and broadcast journalism, advertising, creative writing, government and politics, social services, and arts management, as well as for further study in a range of graduate programs and professional schools, from law and history to business and labor studies.
Courses examine a variety of contemporary and historical issues, and do so in ways that make the past more relevant and the present more understandable.
Courses integrate such fields as writing, history, photography, geography, Franco-American society, popular culture, native and indigenous issues, critical theory, religion, and ethnic studies.
Certain threads run through all courses, from local, regional, and global issues to philosophy and creative thought. Classes feature small group work, discussions, and written work designed to encourage critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills necessary to advance professionally and contribute meaningfully as members of our multicultural society.
We engage students with information literacy, offering courses in blended, online, and hyper-flexible formats.
Our focus is to prepare students to be active, productive citizens of the world.
Total credits necessary for the degree: 120.
Prerequisite Courses (13-14 credits)
|LCC 110/111 College Writing*||3/4|
|HUM/ENG 120 Introduction to Literature*||3|
|LAC 150 Microcomputers and Applications||3|
|LCC 200 Creative Critical Inquiry#||4|
|or LCC 370 Toward a Global Ethic#|
* Students must achieve a grade of C or better in these classes.
#Both classes are required as part of the Lewiston Common Core.
Program Requirements (24 credits)
|HUM 201 Creative Writing||3|
|HUM 300 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory||3|
|HUM 309 United States Studies: Gender, Race and Class||3|
|HUM 325 World History and Geography I||3|
|HUM 326 World History and Geography II||3|
|HUM Service Learning*||3|
|HUM 369 Exploring Careers & Choosing Life Roles||1.5|
|HUM 413 Job Search Skills for the 21st Century||1.5|
|HUM 447 Internship||3|
* May be met by taking HUM 125 French Language and Maine Society, HUM 307 Creative Nonfiction, HUM 350 Cultural Fieldwork, HUM 360 Franco-American Community and Archival Work, HUM 370 Literacy Studies, or HUM 498 Independent Study that is specially designed to meet this requirement.
Interdisciplinary Courses (12 credits)
Students will select four interdisciplinary courses - 12 credits
- These courses are listed under Course Descriptions and marked with **
Electives (15 credits)
All of these courses must be at the 300-400 level, unless approved by two faculty members.
Students must obtain their advisor's approval before taking any course without the HUM prefix if they want the course to count toward the major.
No more than four courses (12 credits) lacking the HUM prefix can be taken for credit within the major unless written approval is obtained from at least two faculty members.
Lewiston Common Core (42 or 43 credits)*
|LCC 110 College Writing: Language and Literacies (CW)||3|
|or LCC 111 College Writing: Language and Literacies: Enrichment (CW)||4|
|LCC 130 The Biology of Human Health w/Lab (SE)1||4|
|or LCC 230 Environmental Science, Policy, and Sustainability w/Lab (SE)|
|LCC 150 Statistics for Informed Decision Making (QR)||3|
|LCC 123 College and Community I (EYE) 2||3|
|LCC 200 Creative Critical Inquiry into Modern Life (writing instruction) (CI)||4|
|LCC 220 U.S. Democracy: Origins and Development (SCA)||3|
|Or LCC 320 Sustaining Democracy (SCA)|
|LCC 250 Thinking About The Arts, Thinking Through The Arts (CE)||3|
|LCC Cluster3 (below) or any USM Minor|
|LCC 401 Engaging the Future||3|
|LCC 310 Science, Technology and Society (SCA)||3|
|Or LCC 410 (SCA)|
|LCC 350 Global Past, Global Present (CI)||3|
|LCC 345 College and Community II2||3|
|LCC 370 Toward a Global Ethics (writing instruction) (EISRC)||4|
|LCC 480 Senior Seminar (writing instruction)||3|
|Total||42 or 43|
1 LCC 130 is not required for Natural and Applied Sciences majors.
2 LCC 123 is required for entering students with less than 24 credits while LCC 345 is required only of students who were not required to take LCC 123.
3 Requirement may be met with this pending cluster of courses, or any USM Core Cluster, or with any USM minor or double major.
* Descriptions of LCC classes may be found in the introductory portion of the Lewiston-Auburn College section of this catalog.
General Electives (17-18 credits)
Arts and Humanities students may choose to use their general and major electives to sample other disciplines or to focus on a particular area of interest... writing, research, history ... or they may choose to declare one of the minors or concentrations in the Arts and Humanities or other disciplines. General electives, for example, may be used to pursue a concentration in counseling, early childhood studies, or information systems.
One of the greatest strengths of the Arts and Humanities degree is the flexibility and range of options that it offers.
Certification and Degree Completions
Secondary Teacher Certification in the Arts and Humanities
This major is jointly offered with the secondary teacher certification program at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College. Students may elect a concentration in one of three areas: English, social studies, or combined English and social studies. Each concentration requires a sequence of courses, which may be viewed in the secondary teacher certification program section in this catalog. This allows a student to graduate in four years with an arts and humanities degree, as well as secondary teacher certification. For more information, contact Jim Bradley at (207) 753-6618.
Liberal Studies–Degree Completion (45 credits)
Some students may choose this track, which is designed to assist transfer students and those with professional training or life experiences to achieve their degree. Depending on transcripts and other forms of accreditation, courses and experiences will be assessed for transfer into the major. Entry into this track requires prior approval by the arts and humanities faculty.
Co-curricular Activity Options
Many co-curricular activities are available for students in this major as well as all students at USM:
The Writing Center
A lively writing center staffed by a Coordinator, peer and professional Writing Assistants. Peer Writing Assistants receive training in tutoring pedagogy, participate in the Working With Writers class (HUM 355), and become certified by the College Reading and Language Association (CRLA)—a nationally recognized professional organization. Experience as a Writing Assistant is particularly valuable for future teachers, writers and editors.
The Franco-American Collection
The oldest and largest facility in Maine devoted to Franco-American culture and history, as well as one of the three largest in the United States. It is home to a wide variety of letters, diaries, oral histories, newspapers, scrap-books, maps, audio-recordings, photographs, books, academic papers, and much more from the Androscoggin Valley, other parts of Maine, and around North America. Students are invited to participate in the Collection's many programs, which include international conferences, cultural events, stage performances, music festivals, poetry readings and other activities.
The International Students of Lewiston-Auburn (ISOLA)
A multicultural and international university-community group that promotes ethnic experience in the United States and global engagement. ISOLA sponsors a wide range of seminars, social gatherings, workshops, publications and other vehicles for exchange.