Political Science

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Modes of Study
Blended;In person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Tailor the major to your interests and career goals: Choose to focus on the Political Science Track or the International Studies Track.
  • Gain real-world experience through internships that connect work experience to social science frameworks.
  • Build foundational knowledge in the systematic study of politics, and foster versatile communication and analytical skills that you’ll need in a rapidly changing world.
  • Learn from accomplished faculty with vast experience in American government, political theory, international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology.
  • Spend a semester abroad at one of our exchange universities.
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Program requirements

Our political science major provides a substantive and analytic preparation of American government, political theory, international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology. Students with an interest in entering politics and government can pursue a variety of professions.

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Vast array of future careers

You’ll be prepared for professional positions in either the public or private sector, such as civic leaders, town managers, city planners, budget specialists, foreign service officers, and policy researchers as well as graduate training in law, business, and more.

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Looking ahead to graduate school?

Our Accelerated Graduate Pathways to our Policy, Planning, and Management master’s program and to the University of Maine School of Law can save you time and money in earning your graduate degree. You must select the Political Science Track to be eligible for the pathways.

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Accomplished faculty

Our faculty regularly present their work at national and international conferences and publish in journals and books. Faculty experience touches on the theories concerning our government and how power and resources are allocated in society.

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Real-world simulation

Learn real-world debate and conflict management skills through the Maine Model United Nations Program’s annual conference. High school and college students participate in a United Nations simulation focused on resolving conflict and negotiation.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Considering transferring to USM?

We welcome students who are transferring from another four-year university or community college. Our knowledgeable Admissions Counselors will help you to navigate the admissions and credit-transfer process.

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