Student Research Helps Shape State Laws
Since 1998, students in the Vermont Legislative Research Service course have provided non-partisan policy research reports to Vermont state legislators -- information that directly impacts state policy. Legislators, who are invited to request the type of research they need, have come to rely on the service and the full reports, memos or links to key resources it produces for them.
VLRS students, who spend four hours a week at the Statehouse, conduct research under the supervision of Professor Jack Gierzynski, course creator, and fellow political science professors Robert Bartlett and Eileen Burgin. In 2016 alone, students have completed multiple reports on marijuana legalization and traffic safety, Medicaid practices following the Affordable Care Act, forest management and more.
"Their research was eye-opening both in detail and breadth and right on point for the question we asked," said Burlington Rep. Jean O'Sullivan, who along with Rep. Valerie Stuart, asked for research on post-secondary education enrollment. "We had quite a lot of national information but nothing unique to the state. Valerie and I will be sharing their work with our Commerce Committee, and it will be our jumping off point when we work with the House Education Committee redesigning how technical education is delivered."
Introduction to Political Science
The Political Science Department at the University of Vermont offers courses across the discipline, taught by scholar-teachers with outstanding research records and national reputations. Whether you are interested in American politics, law, women's issues, political theory, international relations or the politics of different world areas, you will find members of the department teaching courses and doing cutting-edge research in your field of interest.
Why Study Political Science at UVM?
UVM's Political Science Department offers its students the best of both worlds: a department exclusively focused on undergraduates, on the model of a liberal arts college, and a faculty with research and publication records comparable to those found in major research universities.
World-Class Faculty and Programs
From pre-law advising to the departmental honors program to internships in Vermont and Washington to study abroad, the Political Science Department offers its students an array of programs to supplement their course work and get them ready for life after graduation. These programs complement the teaching and research of our distinguished faculty, providing our students with a political science education second to none.
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