Liberal Studies

The Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies provides students with a broad-based educational background, attainable in two years or less of full-time study. The program provides students with the valuable communication and critical thinking skills needed for a broad range of professions. It also is an ideal preparation for students considering continuing their education at the bachelor’s degree level. Students who complete the Liberal Studies degree have met all the requirements of the Core curriculum at the University of Maine at Machias, and may then concentrate on their primary area of study when enrolled in their bachelor’s degree program.

Students completing the Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies may also add on an optional Concentration, in any of the following areas:

  • Allied Health

Careers in allied health fields such as nursing, nursing assistants, home and personal health aides, and medical assistants, are among the top 30 professions for expected growth through 2020 (US Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics). In addition to the careers listed above, other possible career tracks include emergency medical technician, dental assistant, surgical assistant, and radiation technician. If you are interested in a career in allied health, and want to start in a less competitive and more nurturing environment close to home, the AA degree with a concentration in Allied Health is designed to meet your needs. The curriculum of the AA degree includes the general liberal arts courses expected in allied health programs, adding the Allied Health Concentration will ensure that you meet the science and math prerequisites required in most programs. Your advisor will work with you to plan an application and transition into a specific allied health professional program; several of which are available at campuses in Bangor.

  • Marine Biology

Our curriculum is based on teaching outdoors to enhance hands-on learning. You will learn about the biology and ecology of marine plants and animals inhabiting oceans, rocky shores, tidal pools, marshes, mudflats, and other marine environments. From the small to the large, from algae to marine mammals, UMM’s program in Marine Biology offers you a hands-on approach to the fascinating field of marine science. These experiences will provide you with skills highly valued by employers.

In addition, UMM has an on-going partnership with the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education (DEI), where you can further apply your skills conducting shellfish and finfish research. In fact, the marine research and education facilities at the Downeast Institute serve as UMM’s marine field station. The field station is located 25 miles west of campus in the island community of Beals, about 30 minutes from the Machias campus. The field station is immediately adjacent to the ocean, overlooking a working waterfront. A variety of marine habitats (rocky intertidal, soft-bottom intertidal, islands, and subtidal soft- and hard-bottoms) are within a quarter of a mile of the field station.

  • Mental Health & Rehabilitation

The Mental Health and Rehabilitation concentration prepares students with the basic knowledge and skills required for direct service case management in adult and older adult community mental health and rehabilitation services. The coursework covers fundamental counseling skills, abnormal psychology, supportive services for people with disabilities, and an overview of the community mental health system and allied services. Additional courses, also available at UMM, are required for full state certification.

  • Psychology

The concentration in Psychology provides an introduction to the discipline and equips students for entry-level positions in counseling, motivational consulting, human resources, and community services. Students will develop marketable skills through selected coursework that situates psychology in a community environment.

Degree Earned

Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies

Program Courses & Requirements


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Meghan Duff, Associate Professor of Psychology
227C Torrey Hall

Tora Johnson, Associate Professor of Geographic Information Systems
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