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. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog (2023-2024).

How do I explore Political Science at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to ask about going to one of the classes.
  • Talk with students in the major for insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you.
  • Enroll in one of the following courses: POS 101 American Government or ANT 136 World Politics.
  • Get involved by joining a club or volunteer with an organization.
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major.
  • Talk with a Career Counselor.

What careers can I get with this major?

Data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources. Median Salaries for positions in Maine typically fall below those of other New England states.

What jobs have UMF graduates acquired?

Paralegal, Municipal and Regulatory Legal Assistant at Bernstein Shur, Business Development Analyst, State Director of the Maine Migrant Education Program, Assistant District Attorney, Communications Manager, Communications Director of Veterans Service, Legislative Assistant, House Majority Officer, District Organizer, Neighborhood Planner, Certified Fraud Examiner, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Adventure Girls Program Coordinator, State Budget and Policy Professional, Municipal and Regulatory Legal Assistant, Representative for House District 7, and others.

Can I minor in Political Science? Are there related majors at UMF?

Yes, UMF has minors in Political Science, International and Global Studies, Environmental Policy and Planning, Legal Studies, and more. Majors related to Political Science include International and Global Studies. Read more about majors and minors.

How to I declare this major?

Contact Dr. Scott Erb,, 207-778-7486 or Dr. Jim Melcher,, 207-778-7416 to discuss your interests. To apply to the major, meet with a professor in the major or prospective advisor and then complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).

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