Another TAP option is for students to participate in one of the four Dean's Signature Full-Year Integrated TAP Programs. Students in these residentially-based TAP programs enroll in four to six connected seminars and live together. They are designated “Dean’s Signature” programs because they are designed for highly motivated first-year students with strong academic records.

By integrating faculty from a variety of disciplines, these programs strengthen students’ intellectual, creative and expressive abilities by providing both breadth and depth. A year of living with academically accomplished and motivated students provides a number of benefits that help promote academic and social success. In addition, the Integrated TAP Programs have been a success indicator for students interested in applying for sophomore admissions to the Honors College. Admission to a program is by application and students can be admitted before coming to Orientation. We encourage students to apply early.

Dean's Signature Programs:

These are full-year programs with residential options

Integrated Humanities Program

"In IHP I met friends who share the same interests and passions as me and who inspired me to pursue my love of art and film. They are people I continue to live with and whose friendships I believe will last a lifetime." -- Celeste M., class of 2012

IHP is one of four College of Arts and Sciences full-year Teacher-Advisor Programs. IHP has been designated a "Dean's Signature" program because it is designed for highly motivated first-year students with strong academic records.  Established in 1978, it has a long and distinguished history at UVM. The program is designed for students who seek a solid foundation in the humanities. IHP consists of three year-long courses in literature, history, and religion/philosophy, with an emphasis placed on social experience and personal questioning. The program provides a foundation in the liberal arts that benefits students regardless of their major or future career. IHP students have established careers in law, diplomacy, higher education, medicine, environmentalism, public service, as well as the liberal arts.

Courses, taught by award-winning faculty, deal with the great texts, thinkers and ideas of the past and present, and the responses they provide to questions of contemporary life. Assignments focus on common themes in the disciplines, and courses are taught congruently so that each complements and enriches the other, making reading and writing assignments more manageable.

IHP courses are:

  • Literature of Western Tradition
  • Ideas in the Western Tradition
  • Religion, Philosophy, and Self-Knowledge

Additional benefits of the program include the option to live with other IHP students in one of the Residential Learning Communities and to be advised and mentored by an IHP faculty member during the first year. Admission is by application.

Contact for information:

Professor Tom Simone
(802) 656-4441
Tom.Simone@uvm.edu

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Integrated Social Sciences Program

"ISSP is a crash course in critical thinking, complex writing, intense reading, and always interesting group discussion. I can truly say that ISSP has greatly prepared me for the rest of my college career and beyond." -- ISSP student

ISSP is one of four College of Arts and Sciences full-year Teacher-Advisor Programs. The program has been designated a "Dean's Signature" program because it is designed for highly motivated first-year students with strong academic records. Founded in 1993, it has a long and distinguished history at UVM. ISSP explores social problems that shape the modern world from an interdisciplinary perspective. During their year in the program, students take five semester-long courses in disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, global studies, political science, and sociology-three courses in the fall semester and two in the spring. They work closely with faculty to understand a variety of social issues such as global environmental degradation, social inequality, economic growth and breakdowns, international political relations, and race relations in the United States. Students may also design, research, and write an ISSP thesis. Small and interactive, all ISSP courses explore important problems in a seminar setting, involve penetrating discussion and analytical writing, and empower students with an integrated approach to the social sciences that shapes their studies and thinking both inside and outside the classroom.

Students have identified many benefits of the program that extend throughout their college careers. In addition to sharing engaging seminars, most students live together in the Living/Learning Center, and all students are advised and mentored by an ISSP faculty member during the first year. Admission is by application.

ISSP courses have included:

  • Culture and Environment
  • Capitalism and Human Welfare
  • The Geography of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
  • International Relations
  • Social Inequality

Contact for information:

Professor Luis A. Vivanco
(802) 656-1184
Luis.Vivanco@uvm.edu

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Integrated Fine Arts Program

"Teaching in the IFA program is particularly exciting. Working with highly motivated students as they cross the boundaries of art forms and explore connections between the arts has been exhilarating for all of us. The students while working intensely as a group and living in a creative community have had a unique opportunity to integrate work from differing arts classes and workshops. Their own work, their bravery about their work, and their ability to supportively and honestly critique work have grown far beyond that of the normal first-year class. To teach in this program is a gift." -- Dr. Lynda McIntyre

IFA, one of four College of Arts and Sciences full-year Teacher-Advisor Programs, is designed for adventurous students who seek to broaden their understanding of the creative process by working in a variety of artistic media: film and television, music, theatre, creative writing, visual art, and dance. IFA has been designated a "Dean's Signature" program because it is designed for highly motivated first-year students with strong academic records.

IFA enrolls students in a special "suite" of four courses--two each semester--that are reserved exclusively for IFA students. The courses dynamically complement one another and relate to an overarching annual theme, such as "Breaking Boundaries: The Experimental Spirit in the Arts." Course work is both studio-based and scholarly, giving students hands-on experience as well as the opportunity to collaborate and examine the history, practice, theory, criticism, integration, social relevance, and connectivity of varied creative forms.

IFA students will become leaders in creating, showcasing, and cultivating the arts, both within the university (utilizing the fine arts, humanities, and sciences), and within the greater community (through exhibits, performances, and other events). Community outlets may include Burlington City Arts, local museums, the Flynn Center, Waterfront Theater, the Vermont International Film Festival, Vermont Stage Company, local music groups, and other arts organizations and venues.

IFA courses have included:

  • Movement and Improvisation
  • Musical Avant-Gardes: Sun Ra, John Cage, and Beyond
  • Creative Writing: Writing Experimental World Poetry
  • Film and Television Studies: Film 1930-1960
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Archive Fever: Film Begets Film
  • Art and Aesthetics
  • Bookmaking
  • Acting

Additional benefits of the program include the option to live with other IFA students in one of the Residential Learning Communities and to be advised and mentored by an IFA faculty member during the first year.

"I really liked the idea of living with other people with similar interests. Everyone here just clicked really well, more so than if we had a normal dorm." -- Wes D., music major

For further information, contact:

Professor Deb Ellis
(802) 656-3056
Deborah.Ellis@uvm.edu

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Integrated Study of Earth and the Environment (ISEE) Program

"Participation in the Integrated Studies of Earth and Environment program has been one of the high points of my teaching career at UVM. This intensive program allows instructors and students to get to know each other as individuals keenly interested in similar topics, and a synergistic learning effect is created when what is acquired in one course complements content in a second course. It is a pleasure to work within a community of learners." -- Dr. Cheryl Morse, Assistant Professor

ISEE, one of four College of Arts and Sciences full-year Teacher-Advisor Programs, offers students a chance to explore the study of the Earth system and environment within the context of a liberal arts curriculum through a set of first-year courses that investigate how the Earth "works" from an interdisciplinary perspective. This program links classes in geology, geography, history, English, and environmental studies with residentially-based activities that foster interactions among students and faculty who share a common academic interest. ISEE has been designated a "Dean's Signature" program because it is designed for highly motivated first-year students with strong academic records.

Classes and discussions with faculty and guest speakers in the residence halls offer insight into the different questions and methodologies used to study the Earth and environment. ISEE courses span local to global scales and explore environmental processes and human-environment relationships. Field-intensive elements of the courses provide the opportunity to learn through the Vermont and regional landscapes. ISEE students take two required fall courses and two required spring course options.

ISEE courses have included:

  • Weather, Climate and Landscapes
  • Earth and Environments through Time
  • Mountain to Lake: Geology of the Lake Champlain Basin
  • Geography of Vermont
  • Reading the American Wilderness
  • Global Environmental History

Through participation in the program, students fulfill humanities, social science, and natural science degree requirements in small-class settings. They are advised and mentored by an ISEE faculty member during the first year.

The ISEE Program is located in the University Heights South residential complex, home of the GreenHouse Environmental Residential Learning Community. Participants live in single and double rooms grouped together with other ISEE classmates.

For further information, contact:

Professor Andrea Lini
(802) 656-0245
Andrea.Lini@uvm.edu

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For Honors College Students

There are two options for Arts and Sciences Honors College students who are interested in joining one of the Dean's Signature Full-Year Integrated TAP Programs.

The two options are:

1. Accept their Honors College offer, then apply to a Dean's Signature Full-Year Integrated TAP Program

Each integrated program reserves up to two places for Honors College students. If accepted to an integrated program, the student enrolls in both the Honors College seminar and the Integrated Program seminars. Under this option students retain their enrollment in the Honors College while also being a member of the Integrated Program. Students have the choice to live with other Integrated Program students in one of the Residential Learning Communities or to live in Honors College housing.

2. After applying and being admitted to one of the Dean's Signature Full-Year Integrated TAP Programs, decline the Honors College offer

In the spring semester, students can apply to the Honors College for sophomore year admission.