ANE 610: Creating New England II
Thursdays, 4:10-6:40P, A. Cameron
The second part of the required core sequence, this course continues the examination of New England regional identity from the mid-19th century to the present. Topics include: the colonial revival, New England's working class and ethnic heritage, nostalgia, the regional revival of the 1920s and 30s, and regional identity and consumer culture. Cr 3.
ANE 641: Environment and Culture
Mondays, 4:10-6:40P, K. Ryden
This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which occupants of the North American continent, from the pre-contact period to the present, have conceived of and interacted with the natural environment. The history of human use of and attitudes toward the environment will be examined within a cultural context. Course materials will be drawn both from New England and from other regions of the country. Cr 3.
ANE 645: Women and Popular Culture
Tuesdays, 4:10-6:40P, A.Cameron
The relationship between women and the public realm has always been a source of intense controversy and debate. This course will explore the relationship between gender and popular culture in 20th-century America. Building chronologically, we will look at women in vaudeville and on Broadway, representations of the “stage” girl in film, the gender politics of voice, celebrity gossip writers, television femcees in the 1950s, bestsellers and female readers, and female geek chic. Central to the discussion will be questions concerning the role of popular culture in shaping, resisting, and extending forms of female expression and constructing ethnic, class, and gender identities. Cr.3.
ANE 670: Museums and Public Culture
Wednesdays, 4:10-6:40P, D. Cassidy
This course will examine the role of museums, preservationists, and collectors in shaping cultural identities and public memories in 19th- and 20th-century America. Topics will include: ethnographic collections and displays, fine arts museums and patrons, traditions of human display (such as 19th-century "freak shows"), history, anthropological and natural history museums, festivals, living history sites, and the narrative role of collections, artifacts, and museum design. Cr 3.
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.