POLITICAL SCIENCE


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.

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.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in one or more of the following courses:
    • POS 101S Introduction to American Government
    • POS 121S Comparative Politics
    • POS 136S World Politics
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, College Democrats, College Republicans, Amnesty International or Student Senate).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Joe Austin at The Partnership for Civic Advancement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: http://www.uncw.edu/career/WhatCanIDoWithaMajorIn.html

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

Yes, UMF has a Political Science minor and many other choices. Click here for more information. Majors related to Political Science include International and Global Studies.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Paralegal, Law School student, 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.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include Political Scientist, Reporter/Correspondent, High School Teacher/College Professor, Researcher, Lawyer, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How to I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major: Dr. Scott Erb, Roberts Learning Center, scotterb@maine.edu, 207-778-7486.

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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