The University of Maine at Farmington Political Science program provides you with opportunities to connect with national, statewide and regional political leaders as well as community organizations.

The Political Science program at UMF helps you understand the processes of governance, politics and power as well as the methods and philosophy of social science.

It provides you with an understanding and respect for diverse perspectives about political and cultural issues and a capacity to critically assess and think about issues and ideas involving politics and society.

In the process we aim to produce citizen scholars — dynamic independent thinkers who are both motivated to act and respectful of other people and differing opinions.

UMF Political Science students are active campus leaders: organizing on-campus political events, attending academic conferences, traveling on educational trips to Washington, D.C. and more.

Students who major in Political Science go on to a diverse set of careers. Many stay in politics, working in Augusta or Washington, D.C. in government or for elected officials. Some have gone on to 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 government, political science, international relations or economics.

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.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Arts: Political Science

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 Chinese Politics
POS 302 Civil Liberties
POS 351 Political Activism and Advocacy Practicum
POS 396 Political Science Internship