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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.

Meghan Russo Political Science graduate
Meghan Russo UMF Political Science graduate

“UMF provides students with a wonderful education at a great price. Choosing UMF was a great decision, and I look back at my time there very fondly. My 9-year-old daughter has already decided she intends to attend UMF as well! My four years at UMF went by in the blink of an eye, so my advice for future and current students would be to cherish your time at the school, soak it all in because it will be over before you know it. UMF and the Town of Farmington are special places for sure.”

— Meghan Russo

Meghan Russo graduated from UMF in 2003 with a degree in Political Science. After graduation, she spent 12 years working as a Legislative Aide for the Maine State Senate. Today she is the Manager of Legislative and Constituent Services at the Maine Dept. of Transportation.


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.

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