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Information on this page taken from Elizabeth Rowe’s (1952) master’s thesis, A History of Speech Education at the University of Maine 1868-1940

The Morrill Act, signed by President Abraham Lincoln to permit the establishing of land-grant colleges, was accepted by the Maine Legislature in 1863. Because the Civil War was still ravaging the United States, no  immediate action was taken to actually found a college which would meet the terms of the Morrill Act.

At first, consideration was given to schemes for enlarging existing Bowdoin College or Colby College.

These ideas were discarded and a tract of land in Orono was deeded to the state.  On that site were set up the first classrooms or the state university, and on September 21, 1868, twelve men passed the examinations for entrance to the Maine State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts.

When Maine State College opened its doors in 1868, emphasis was on agricultural and engineering subjects.  How different is the University of Maine today with its College of Business, Public Policy, and Health, College of Education and Human Development, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture, and Graduate Study.

Before the Departments of Speech Communication and Journalism and Mass Communication merged in 1994 to become the Department of Communication and Journalism, the two disciplines at the University of Maine underwent many changes.  We have attempted to capture the look and feel of Department of Communication and Journalism as it experienced these changes over the years.  Feel free to take a stroll down memory lane or to learn more about how the Department became what it is today.


Department News & Announcements

Monday Noon Research:
The CMJ Colloquium Series, Fall 2014

All events in Dunn 424, 12:10pm to 1pm

September 29: Nathan Stormer
Department of Communication and Journalism
“Rhetorical Diversity and Genealogies of Rhetoric”

October 6: Michael Socolow
Department of Communication and Journalism
“Correcting a Mad Men Myth: The Invention of the
Broadcast Advertising Season”

October 20: Paul Grosswiler
Department of Communication and Journalism
"The Global Village Dump: Media Cultures and
the Crisis of E-Waste"

October 27: Jessica Miller
Department of Philosophy
"Conceptions of Professionalism in Harlequin
Medical Romance"

November 3: Emily Rice & Theodora Ruhs
Department of Communication and Journalism
"Virtual Fieldwork in the Arctic."

November 10: Jordan P. LaBouff
Department of Psychology & Honors College
"Social Psychological Perspectives on American Policy:
Where and How we Vote"

Communication and Journalism
5724 Dunn Hall, Room 420
The University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1283 | Fax: (207) 581-1286
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469