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Program Requirements (30 credits) With the guidance of an academic advisor, students will complete 30 graduate credit hours in order to earn the MA degree with a Maine Studies concentration. These credit hours will be distributed in the following way:
- 6-9 hours of interdisciplinary core seminar (IDS 500) credit, including: -IDS 500: Exploring Interdisciplinary -IDS 500: A Sense of Place: Maine and Regional Identity
- 15-21 hours of additional graduate level credit approved by the student’s advisory committee to meet the individual student’s academic interests, distributed the following way: -no more than 2 courses may be taken at the 400 level -no more than 3 courses may be taken in a single discipline (this stipulation does not apply to courses with the LIB designator)
- 3-6 hours of Mastr’s Project (IDS 699) credit developed from the student’s course work and research, usually completed near the end of the student’s academic program
At least 15 of the required 30 credit hours must be Maine-related courses as identified by the Maine Studies program director. Maine Studies students will select courses in close cooperation with the Maine Studies program director.
General Overview MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Maine Studies)
The University of Maine Graduate School offers a Maine Studies Interdisciplinary Master of Arts Degree within the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program. This degree program offers students the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary study of Maine through classes in literature, history, folklore, Native American studies, Franco-American studies, woman’s studies, geology, geography, political science, and other disciplines. Students will also participate in interdisciplinary seminars.
The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program offers mature students with appropriate academic qualifications (minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA) the opportunity for interdisciplinary graduate work. Students who enter the program may pursue their study on a full-time or part-time basis.
The Maine Studies concentration allows students to engage in interdisciplinary and community based research methods to examine Maine-related topics. Through core seminars, an individualized program of study, and the completion of a master’s project, students explore topics relevant to Maine’s people and places, its history and culture.
Similar programs have attracted professionals who feel they need further study to investigate complex issues connected with their work or interests. Some teachers and librarians find such a course of study an alternative to graduate work in education or in another single discipline. Others see the program as an improvement over a self-directed study of reading or participation in a series of unrelated courses beyond the baccalaureate degree. By emphasizing the integration of knowledge in different disciplines, the program offers a unique opportunity to shape an interdisciplinary study of a Maine-related problem or topic.
What can I do with an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies – Maine Studies?
After you have decided to apply, please examine the details of the MAIS on the graduate school website. Then, if you’d like to proceed, contact the Maine Studies program director at 207.581.1840. You should be in touch with the program director before applying to the program.
The advisory committee for the Maine Studies program at the University of Maine features faculty from around the state sharing their knowledge and expertise in a wide range of Maine based history and culture. For a glimpse of these featured faculty members, take a look at their Featured Faculty webpage. For a complete listing of the Advisory Committee for the Maine Studies Program, check out the Advisory Committee page.
We can’t wait to welcome you to the program!
What students have to say about the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies
“Without the ability to do my coursework from home, graduate school would not have been an option for me. Living over an hour away from the University of Maine, raising a family, and working on an active homestead made it impossible to commute. Taking distance courses through the graduate school was fantastic! Being able to finish my MAIS in Maine Studies from afar was easy and practical.” – Tasha Raymond
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