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.

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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).
Students from Donna Cassidy's course on Visual Culture in Twentieth Century America presented at Thinking Matters on Friday, April 25th.
Peyton Place Cover; American Studies
Professor Ardis Cameron's letter "'Peyton Place' Revisited" in New York Times Book Review

Are you thinking about taking your first graduate course at USM?

Then you may be eligible for the Expading Horizons Scholarship!

Eligible students:
-have an undergraduate degree
-are a first-time graduate student at USM
-have not applied or been accepted to a graduate program at USM

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