American and New England Studies

Summer 2014 Course Offerings

ANE 655: Historical Archeology of New England

with USM Archaeology Professor Nathan Hamilton

May 12 - June 25

Monday and Wednesday 5:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

This course is an examination of the role of historical archeology in interpreting the past. Several important topics in regional contemporary historical archaeology will be examined including: exploration and settlement during the contact period, landscape research and reconstruction, ethnicitity and social inequality, subsistence and food-ways, material culture studies, and the relationship between culture and consumption. The class will have two archaeology case studies in focus: Malaga Island in northern Casco Bay and Smuttynose Island at the Isle of Shoals. A Saturday field trip will visit several historic sites in Portland that have a public and historical archaeology component.

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.