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.
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.
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 requirements—with 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.
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.
All students in the political science major complete a senior thesis, which is a significant research project under the direction of a faculty member. We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with honors. This includes a more ambitious and in-depth research project. Students interested in the department's honors program should notify the chair of the department by the end of their junior year.