Minor in Political Science

Minor in Political Science

Politics — sometimes engaging, sometimes exasperating — is the way people come together to govern collectively.

At UMaine’s Political Science department, you’ll learn from professors who do cutting-edge research and also care deeply about teaching and advising students. Some faculty focus on fundamental ideas about politics, going back thousands of years to contemporary times. Others examine the operations of politics and government today in the US and around the world.

Our faculty foster an open and stimulating intellectual atmosphere that promotes the free exchange of ideas in the classroom and beyond. Our students and faculty come together to discuss political films, watch candidate debates, and talk about politics.

Our faculty are recognized internationally for their expertise and frequently share their views with the public through Maine, national, and international media.

And whether it’s an internship in Washington, DC, the Maine State Legislature, or involvement in the community through engaged policy research, our students learn outside of the classroom. Our graduates follow varied career paths, with many practicing law, running non-profit organizations, and serving in and affecting government.

Visit the Department of Political Science website to learn more about this exciting program!


A minimum of nine (9) POS credits must be taken at UMaine. A maximum of three pre-approved internship/field experience credit hours can be used towards the minor. Students must earn grades of “C” or better in POS courses for the courses to count towards the minor.

Core Course

  • POS 100: American Government (3 credits)


The remaining 15 credits may be chosen by the student from our list of Political Science courses.


Minors are available to current degree-seeking undergraduate students at the University of Maine.

Enrollment is open to all undergraduate students at the University of Maine and there are no admissions requirements beyond those of the college a student is entering.

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Have questions about earning your degree online with UMaine? Contact Tiffany Peterson, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at umaineonline@maine.edu.

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Many students continue their studies at graduate and law schools, including Harvard University, University of Maine School of Law, Columbia University and Boston College Law schools, and the University of Toronto, University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut and Boston University doctoral programs. Other students directly enter careers in public service or government at the state and federal levels. Still, others find the liberal arts education they received prepares them for a career in business or other pursuits.


The Department has a legacy of outstanding teaching, advising, research, and service that continues today. They offer courses in all major subfields of Political Science – American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory.

Visit the Political Science Departmental website to find out more about the outstanding faculty teaching in this program.

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