Political Science Major

Movies, food, coffee, debate, and discussion hosted by PSSA at 55 Exeter St. every Tues from 3:00-4:00.
Political Science Students Gathering
On October 2nd, the department sponsored a panel discussion about the Scottish Referendum for Independence.
Panel Discussion

Model UN vote

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News & Events

Ronald Schmidt, a political scientist at the University of Southern Maine, said undecided voters are possibly “weighing what is in fact a real difference” among the candidates. Given the vastly different governing styles and platforms of Poliquin and Cain especially, voters simply are taking their time to choose.
UN Symbol
There will be a Model UN teacher training session on December 5th and 6th from 9 am - 3 pm. Food will be provided. The Saturday session will be held at 102 Bedford Street on USM's Portland Campus. The Friday session will be held in a classroom on the Portland Campus. The specific building and room number will be announced when determined. Any faculty member interested in participating in the training are encourgaged to contact Lynn Kuzma at kuzma@maine.edu
Spring 2015 History and Political Science Newsletter

PSSA Talks About Ferguson

Portland Protest December 5

You are all invited to share in conversation about the event in Ferguson, Missouri with the Political Science Student Association.  The meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, December 9th at 4:00 pm in 306 Payson Smith.  Professor of History Leroy Rowe will be in attendance to share his thoughts and help facilitate conversation.    Light refreshments will be served.

Kyle Parker

Professor Van Sickle and Kyle Parker

Kyle Parker, a senior staff member on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives spoke to the USM community on Monday, October 20th. Through his work as a policy adviser on the Helsinki Commission, Mr. Parker has played an influential role in developing landmark sanctions on human rights violators in Russia.


POS 380: International Human Rights

Refugees and Barbed Wire

This course examines how international human rights norms emerge and evolve.  As a part of the course, students engage in volunteer work supporting members of refugee communities in Portland.  This component enriches understanding of the cases we study in the course by providing students the opportunity to meet members of the Portland community who have fled humanitarian crises.