Political Science Major


Portrait of Nairus Abdullahi

USM's Abdullahi earns prestigious scholarship to learn Arabic in Jordan

USM political science student Nairus Abdullahi earned a prestigious 2017 Critical Language Scholarship, enabling her to spend this summer learning Arabic in Jordan. Abdullahi, who lives in Lewiston, was one of roughly 550 students selected nationwide into the program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to raise the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.
Sen. Angus King talking to high school students

Sen. Angus King greets Model U.N. delegates at Gorham Campus

U.S. Senator Angus King concluded the 2017 Maine Model U.N. Conference — a three-day gathering of 550 high schoolers at USM's Gorham Campus — with a plea for both risks and compromise. "Learn to make a difference," King told Model U.N. delegates gathered in Gorham's Costello Sports Complex. "Do new things. Err on the side of action."

USM’s Ron Schmidt joined political panel on Maine Public

The April 5 show, hosted by Jennifer Rooks, was a discussion of national politics. Topics included accusations of Russian involvement in the 2016 election, the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch and the Affordable Care Act.

HTY-POS Fall 2017 Registration Newsletter

History and Political Science Department announcements, events, and fall course offerings by campus.

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.