The Maine Studies Minor
The Minor in Maine Studies offers students the opportunity to investigate Maine’s cultural, historical, and physical landscapes. The program recognizes the value of a multidisciplinary approach to understanding Maine’s historical and contemporary issues. The Maine Studies minor is useful for those who plan to work in Maine, especially teachers, social workers, business people, policy makers and government employees. Students interested in a Maine studies minor must take a minimum of 18 credits in Maine-related courses, including MES 101, Introduction to Maine Studies and MES 201, The Maine Coast. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be University of Maine courses. Students may complete the minor through courses on campus or at a distance.
Students interested in the Maine Studies minor should contact the Maine Studies office at 581-3147 or email Carol.Toner@umit.maine.edu
The Certificate in Maine Studies
The Certificate in Maine Studies is an 18-hour certificate program that features an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Maine through courses in many disciplines. MES 101, Introduction to Maine Studies, is required of all students in this program. This Certificate program is available to non-degree students through distance technologies. After completing 18 hours in Maine-related courses, the University will award students the Certificate in Maine Studies, and the Certificate will be listed on the students’ transcripts. Please contact the Maine Studies office at 581-3147 for more information. If you are nearing completion of the 18 hours of Maine-related study, contact our office so that we can verify your transcripts and prepare your certificate.
Goals for the Maine Studies Minor and the Certificate in Maine Studies:
1) Students will be able to utilize interdisciplinary approaches and research methods in the study of Maine, both past and present.
2) Students will gain experience using discipline specific approaches to the study of Maine. These discipline-based learning experiences will include methods from humanities, social, physical and natural sciences.
3) Students will analyze the cultural, political and economic relationship between people and the environment in Maine.
4) Students will gain a better understanding of current social, political and economic trends in Maine.
5) Students will develop a basic understanding of public policy issues in Maine and understand both the historical circumstances that created current circumstances and grapple with future implications of decisions made today.
Student outcomes for the Maine Studies Minor and the Certificate in Maine Studies:
1) Students should be able to articulate an understanding of the benefits and limitations of an interdisciplinary approach to selected topics in Maine, both past and present.
2) Students will demonstrate discipline-based learning approaches to selected topics in Maine history, culture, politics, and physical landscape by articulating research ideas, completing formal writing assignments, and completing oral and written reports.
3) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between people and the environment in Maine through written responses to the assigned readings, formal writing assignments, and extensive class discussions.
4) Students will demonstrate basic understanding of current social, political and economic trends in Maine by writing about and discussing relevant examples.