The Maine Studies Program is designed for students who wish to explore the places, people, culture, history and stories of Maine, a place of tremendous natural beauty and surprising diversity. Courses cover a wide range of topics, providing students with an array of subjects taught by respected faculty. Most courses are available online, meaning that students from throughout Maine and beyond can explore the richness of the Pine Tree State and the surrounding region.

The Program offers undergraduate and graduate options, including Maine Studies tracks in the Bachelor of University Studies (BUS) and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degrees, as well as a Maine Studies Minor. These degrees are made possible through a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, and the Division of Lifelong Learning, which oversees distance learning at UMaine.

Please explore this site to learn more about these degrees, the courses offered, and our faculty and students. Also feel free to contact us for more information. Then we hope you consider becoming a Maine Studies student at UMaine, the state’s flagship university!

Take a Maine Studies Course this Summer!

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Summer courses offer a great way to learn more about Maine and pick up college credits when you can fit it into your schedule. We offer a number of online, campus, and field-based courses that explore issues ranging from art and literature to communities and the environment. Featured courses this summer include “Maine in American Art,” “Maine Women Writers,” and two field-based courses, one on Swan’s Island and the other focused on Maine’s reuse economy. For more information, see the UMaine Summer Sessions website or check out our Courses and Schedules page.