Political Science Major

Interested in activism through online media? Political Science in collaboration with several other departments is offering a Social Media Activism Minor for 15 credits.
Activism Slide

Model UN vote

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Maine International Trade Center is seeking interns in international trade through their Future Global Leaders program.
Newsletter Front Page
Why should I check out the department newsletter? Well, it has an at-a-glance look at classes being offered by HTY and POS and also has them broken down by campus and online. Plus, we've thrown in a little department news and course descriptions for topics classes being offered.
Professor Schmidt contributes to the online magazine Maine Beacon with a bi-weekly column.

What is the Maine Caucus?

Donkey and elephant

In his presentation to USM and the greater Portland community, Professor Ronald Schmidt will answer these questions about the Maine Caucus:  What is it?  How does it work?  How do we participate?  The event is happening February 25th, 6:00pm-8:00pm at 102 Wishcamper on the Portland Campus.  All are welcome!  Light refreshments will be served.


UN Flags

The Maine Model United Nations Program hosts an annual conference where college and high school students participate in a simulation of United Nations procedures and enables students to practice organization, debate, conflict resolution and negotiation skills.  The MeMUNC Conference is fun, challenging, and provides a hands-on experience in the workings of world diplomacy while researching and analyzing current events.  If you are interested in getting involved either as an individual or group please contact the Department of History and Political Science at 780-4283.

Political Science Senior Projects

Megean Bourgeois interviews Tristan Smaldone about his involvement with a student symposium where he presented his senior thesis.  Bourgeois discusses her involvement with Thinking Matters.  Smaldone and Bourgeois are both graduating Political Science majors.