Beyond the Classroom

U N E students participate in the Model United Nations in New York
UNE Political Science students participate in the Model United Nations in New York.

As a Political Science major, you have a wide variety of choices for internships, study abroad, and other practical experiences outside the classroom. In recent years, UNE students have interned with U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, and with U.S. Congressional Representatives Tom Allen and Chellie Pingree. Others have pursued studies in South Africa, England, Germany, Jordan and Egypt through our Global Education Program, and still others have represented UNE at the Model United Nations in New York City, and in mock trial competitions.


 

U N E professor Ali Ahmida and a student sit side-by-side in his office
Professor Ali Ahmida consults with a student on her senior thesis. Professor Ahmida is an expert on North Africa and is often interviewed by the national media on the aftermath of the Libyan revolution. He has also been asked to consult with the United Nations Security Council on North African issues.

Internships and Thesis Projects

If you are a Political Science major with a general concentration, you must complete a 3-credit internship. And no matter your concentration, as a major in our department, you must work with a faculty member to research and write a senior thesis.  

Internships are initiated under the guidance of a department faculty member and facilitated by the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office. As an intern, you work under the joint supervision of a site supervisor and faculty sponsor.

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A female student stands in a cobblestone plaza in Seville, Spain
Bailey Booras '14, a political science major with a minor in Latin American studies, spent a semester in Seville, Spain.

Global Opportunities

Faculty members in the Political Science department work closely with UNE’s Global Education Program to create unique experiences for Political Science majors. The semester-long options include programs in Seville, Spain and Tangier, Morocco. At these sites, you might take classes in politics, history, and the culture of the region—satisfying your College of Arts and Sciences core requirementswith all coursework conducted in English. The tuition and fees for a semester in Spain or Morocco are the same as in Maine, and financial aid and scholarships apply.

In addition to the opportunities in Spain and Morocco, you may partake in faculty-led trips of shorter duration to other countries around the globe. Recent Political Science majors have traveled to places like Jordan, South Africa, England, and Germany. Consult with your advisor, or visit the Global Education Program to discuss the countries of interest to you.


 

Former U S president George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush on stage with Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar
Former President George and Barbara Bush present Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar with the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service at UNE's annual Bush Distinguished Lecture Series.

 

The Bush Legacy Collection and Lectures

Our George and Barbara Bush Center presents another treasure trove of rare historic documents and artifacts. The Bush Legacy Collection houses materials related to the life of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, focusing on his family’s New England heritage. The George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture Series is an annual event honoring the legacy of President and Mrs. Bush as political and community leaders.

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Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of graduating with Honors in the Research Track. The research option includes significant research, scholarship  or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member as well as taking four Honors courses.