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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.