The American and New England Studies program at the University of Southern Maine provides a wide ranging, interdisciplinary course of study leading to the degree of Master of Arts.

Unlike many interdisciplinary American Studies graduate programs at other universities, our program has its own dedicated faculty and curriculum. Our faculty are all nationally recognized in their fields, and the seminar format of our classes ensures that students receive individualized attention. Our curriculum is both regionally and nationally focused, examining questions of New England and American identity and experience through a variety of critical perspectives.

News & Events

Longfellow House; American Studies
The author of Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America joins us to imagine what body care and hygiene may have been like in the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, 10/18/2014
Hand-drawn map; American Studies
The public opening of The Art of the Hand-Drawn Map at Osher Map Library, 10/16/14
USM University of Southern Maine American and New England Studies Robin Whitham Acker
Robin Whitham Acker of the Portland area, a graduate student in USM’s American and New England Studies (ANES) program, has identified a photographic portrait of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, hanging in the Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick, as a valuable artifact created by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879).