Political Science Major


USM Student Inspires Others to Rally Behind American Dream

Hamdia Ahmed, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Southern Maine is finding her voice advocating for Portland’s Muslim and immigrant community.

Sun Journal Article About Cool Majors

"Anyone can get online and post a tweet, for instance, or anyone can create a Facebook page," Vassallo said. "The point is how to do it effectively."

Contemporary Issues in American Politics

POS 380, Spring 2017.

Professor Schmidt's Weekly Column Nov 14th

On January 20th, 2017, the first African American president of the United States will hand over the White House to a man who was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan. This has been commented upon many times since Election Day. But how did it happen?

Professor Schmidt's Weekly Column Nov 9th

Professor's Schmidt's weekly column appears in the Beacon, a website and podcast created by the Maine People’s Alliance to highlight the experiences of everyday Mainers, share information about the political and policy processes that affect Maine people and promote a progressive worldview based on community, fairness and investing in the future.

Spring 2017 Registration Newsletter

Spring 2017 Newsletter with course schedules, department news, and event information.
Polar Bear

Arctic Event Video

On October 4th a panel discussion moderated by Professor of Political Science, Francesca Vassallo, was held to discuss the future of the Arctic. The panelist were Edward Struzik, Director of the the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee and Tomas Orri Ragnarsson, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland. A full recording of the program will be posted soon.

USM’s 2016-2017 Maine Policy Scholar Announced

Elizabeth Wilson, a history and political science double major from Lewiston, Maine, was selected as the 2016-2017 Maine Policy Scholar from USM. Funded by the Maine Community Foundation, each of the University of Maine System’s seven campuses select a Maine Policy Scholar.

Fall 2016 Registration Newsletter

Current newsletter with the latest department news, events, and courses- summer and fall.

2016 College Convention

September 9th-10th, 2016: Student delegates representing colleges/universities from all 50 states and DC will meet on the Dominican campus in San Rafael, CA to plan strategies for using social media to expand conversations with young voters nationwide about the issues that matter most to them. Registration for this event is on-going until March 28th. Go to collegedebate16.org for more info or contact Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar: hrf@dominican.edu