Bachelor of Arts: Political Science
The Political Science major at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) combines the study of politics and government (domestic and international) with courses from other social science areas such as anthropology, business, economics, environmental planning & policy, geography, history, psychology, sociology and more.
This provides a strong foundation which will challenge you to consider connections among ethics, science and issues such as terrorism, the environment, and globalization.
Here, you'll explore different kinds of governments and the proper role of government. You'll exaime how the American political system works and countries deal with eachother. You'll discover how political considerations are influenced by culture, society, history, location, personality and the economy. And you'll also come to find that almost every important issue has a political dimension.
We offer courses and activities that make majoring in Political Science an exciting experience. Here, you may even take a course on negotiations taught by a former high-level U.S. State Dept. official, a law course taught by a prominent local attorney, and global perspectives course taught by an international business consultant.
There are also hands-on courses that involve activity in the community. You can take a social activism course where you volunteer for a community organization and learn first-hand what a community organizer does. And during election years, Political Science students volunteer for campaigns -- of all parties -- as they become active participants in the real world of politics.
The student-run Political Science Club organizes debates, presentations, and educational trips to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, and more.
Because our Political Science classes are small, your professors will get to know you well, becoming trusted mentors. They'll work closely with you, even inviting you to collaborate with them on professional-level research and present your work at national conventions (something that often happens only in graduate school).
"Constitutional Law was definitely my favorite course so far at UMF. I think it was the way Dr. Melcher [Assoc. Professor of Political Science] taught the course. In class, we debated fellow students on actual court cases. I'm very interested in the Constitution and in class we'd talk about whether it's a living document and about some of the tests you'd use for some of the different court cases. I learned a lot from it."
-- Elizabeth Gane
from Dallas, Texas
Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student - in every major - will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to your major in Political Science, such as:
|• American Foreign Policy|
|• Law and the Legal System|
|• Civil Liberties|
|• Civil Society|
|• African Politics|
|• Social Psychology|
|• Presidency and Congress|
|• Environmental Law|
|• War and Peace|
|• Constitutional Law|
|• The European Union|
|• International Law|
For additional information about Political Science at the University of Maine at Farmington, just contact the Office of Admission:
Office of Admission
University of Maine at Farmington
246 Main Street
Farmington, Maine 04938-1994
US tel 207-778-7050
Intl. tel 00-1-207-778-7050