American and New England Studies

Fall Course Offerings

American & New England Studies
Fall 2013 Course Offerings

ANE 600 Creating New England I

Monday, 4:10P-6:40P, L. Carroll

This required core course examines the development of New England regional identity from the 17th to the mid-19th century.  Drawing on interdisci­pli­nary approaches and materials, the course focuses on how regional identity has been both histor­i­cally grounded and culturally invented.  Topics include:  the invention of New England as a second England; the Yankee character; the New England town; the creation of regional traditions; and New England reform and cultural pluralism.

ANE 620 Regional Writing and the Sense of Place

Thursday, 4:10P-6:40P, K. Ryden

This course focuses on New England literature of place including fictional, historical, poetic, and autobio­graphical writing.  It examines the subjective experience of place and the cultural perception and use of space.  The course explores how memory, experience and nostalgia connect individual and collective identity to place.  It also offers some comparative perspectives on the sense of place in other American regions.

ANE 622 Food: History, Culture, Politics

Wednesday, 4:10P-6:40P, A. Cameron

This course will explore the history, culture and politics of food in America with a special emphasis on New England and regional differences.  The course will examine colonial food ways and scarcity, nineteenth century health reforms, diets, cooking schools, the uses and production of cookery books, class and gender meanings of food, the growth of industrial foods and food-like substances, hunger, organic and local movements, school lunches, and contemporary politics.

ANE 658 Visual Culture of the 20th Century

Tuesday, 4:10-6:40P, D. Cassidy

This course will look at the production and circulation of visual images in 20th-century America, with a focus on the years 1900-1960. Students will examine varied image types, with an emphasis on painting, photography, advertising, and film, and how these images shaped the knowledge, experience, and culture of both New England and America.

ANE 675 Workshop in Research & Writing

Monday, 5:00P-7:30P, A. Cameron

This course is a collaborative workshop that focuses on student writing and research needs.  Students will read and comment on work in progress or use the workshop to design, research and begin a thesis, project or exit paper.  This course is required for students writing a thesis or project, but is open to all ANES students.  Prerequisite: 6 credit hours, 3 hours of which must be in either ANE 600 or ANE 610.

ANE 685 Reading and Research

Open to advanced students with exceptional records in the program, this course offers opportunities for reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. The approval of the ANES Curriculum Committee is required. This course may be taken only once.

ANE 687 Internship

Open to qualified students with exceptional records in the program; required for students in the Public Culture and History track. Internships are by application to the ANES Curriculum Committee. Participating organizations include: Portland Museum of Art, Old York Historical Society, Pejepscot Historical Society, and Maine Historical Society.

ANE 690 Project

Completion of a two-semester project that may be an independent project or that may combine independent study and work in a historical society, a museum, a cultural organization, or other public or private institution. In consultation with an advisor, the student defines and develops the project in relation to his or her particular interest in American and New England Studies.

ANE 695 Thesis

The product of original research, the thesis should embody an interdisciplinary combination of approaches and/or materials.


Continuous Enrollment and Residency
Continuous enrollment requires that every graduate student must earn at least six credits toward his or her degree program every calendar year from the time of first registration to completion of all requirements for the graduate degree. The following course aids students in maintaining continuous enrollment status.

GRS 601 is a noncredit course that allows the student continued access to University services, including USM computers, library, and recreational facilities.  Registration for this course incurs applicable University fees for which the student is financially responsible. It is designed for students who are working on a capstone, thesis, or dissertation. GRS 601 does not grant a student part-time or full-time status for financial aid eligibility, University-funded fellowships, scholarships, graduate assistantships, loan deferment, or visa compliance. Enrollment in GRS 601 requires approval from the student’s faculty advisor or the program chair and is typically limited to two semesters.

GRS 602 is a 1-credit course that permits master’s degree candidates registered for less than 6 credits to retain eligibility for financial aid, University-funded fellowships, scholarships, graduate assistantships, student health insurance, loan deferment, visa compliance, and access to University services, including USM computers, library, and recreational facilities. This course option is primarily intended for students who have completed coursework for the master’s degree, but have not completed their thesis or capstone. Enrollment in GRS 602 requires that students have certification of adequate academic progress by their program faculty advisor or program chair and approval from the Office of Graduate Studies.

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We have some unique offerings this summer!  We've also released a tentative fall 2014 and spring 2015 course schedule to assist for your information.

Registration begins March 3rd for matriculated students and March 5th for non-matriculated students.

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