Bachelor of Arts: Political Science
The Political Science program at UMF aims to help students learn about: 1) the processes of governance, politics and power; 2) the methods and philosophy of social science; 3) an understanding and respect for diverse perspectives about political and cultural issues; and 4) a capacity to critically assess and think about issues and ideas involving politics and society. In the process we aim to produce citizen scholars, who are both motivated to act and respectful of other people and opinions.
Students who major in Political Science go on to a diverse set of careers. Many stay in politics, working in places like Augusta or Washington, D.C. in government or for elected officials. (A few have even become elected officials.) Others become journalists, work for non-governmental organizations or choose a career in business. Many go on to law school or graduate school in fields such as political science, international relations or economics.
Political Science students are active campus leaders, organizing campus events, attending academic conferences, and planning educational trips to places such as Washington, D.C. Course work includes opportunities to make connections with political leaders and community organizations, examine diverse cultures, and learn how to engage in quality research.
We’re a close knit major in which faculty members take a keen interest in each student’s individual aspirations. We work with students individually to plan the best route to their desired future, rejecting a cookie cutter approach to education in favor of one built around each student’s interests, strengths, and long term goals.
What Courses Might You Take?
Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:
POS 207S State and Maine Politics
POS 214S Law and the Legal System
POS 224S The New Asian Superpowers
POS 302 Civil Liberties
POS 320 Environmental Politics in a Comparative Perspective
POS 322S The European Union