Placeholder image for Political Science

Political Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Orono, ME, United States
The Political Science Department examines the nature of politics from diverse perspectives. The requirements for majors in the department teach students to think critically about the fundamental theories, principles, institutions and practices of politics in their social and historical contexts.  
Access all 180000+ programmes, for free with a Studyportals account.
account benefits visualised


Course work is required in four main subcategories — American politics, international relations, comparative politics and political theory — allowing students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for further study or professional careers. Opportunities for internships and independent study with faculty are numerous. The department encourages students to pursue related work in the humanities and social sciences for a well-rounded liberal arts education. Many political science students continue their studies at graduate and law schools. Other students directly enter careers in public service or government at the state and federal levels. Some students find the liberal arts education they received prepares them well for a career in business or other pursuits.

 Course work in the department is required in four main sub-fields of the discipline of political science - American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Theory - so that students will acquire the knowledge and skills for further study in law school or graduate school, or will be prepared for careers in public service or related fields.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Students are strongly encouraged to apply by Dec 1 to guarantee priority consideration for merit scholarship awards and to have their application fee waived.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include 

  • Introduction to World Politics
  •  Introduction to Political Theory
  •  American State and Local Government
  •  Introduction to Comparative Politics
  •  Canadian Government and Politics
  •  International Relations
  •  Introduction to American Law
  •  Classical Political Thought
  •  Medieval Political Thought
  •  Early Modern Political Thought
  •  American Political Thought
  •  Late Modern Political Thought
  •  Crafting the American Constitution
  •  Democratic Theory
  •  Topics in Political Theory
  •  Major Governments of Western Europe
  •  Government and Politics in Russia
  •  Government and Politics in Eurasia
  •  Public Policy in Canada
  •  The Politics of Sport in America
  •  Topics in Comparative Politics
  •  American Public Opinion
  •  The U.S. Congress
  •  The U.S. Presidency
  •  Music and Politics in the American Context
  •  Film and Politics
  •  Topics in American Government
  •  Maine Government
  •  Urban Government and Politics
  •  China
  •  Topics in International Relations
  •  International Terrorism: The Challenges for America
  •  Canadian Foreign Policy
  •  American Foreign Policy
  •  United States and the Middle East

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Get a free IELTS practice test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • a completed application (either the Mobile Friendly App or the Common Application)
  • an official high school transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores (waived for transfers with more than 12 completed credits or applicants age 20 and older)
  • official college transcripts for all attempted college coursework
  • an essay
  • a school recommendation (first-year applicants only)
  • an application fee of $40

Tuition Fee

  • International

    953 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 953 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    953 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 953 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    293 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 293 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Orono

  • 1216 - 1890 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • International Presidential Scholarship
  • International Flagship Scholarship
  • International Dean’s Scholarship
  • Maine Global Partner Scholarship
  • IEI Bridge Scholarship
  • IEI Discovery Scholarship

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


You’ve wishlisted multiple studies. Did you know you can compare them side-by-side in our Compare-tool?