University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Prospective Undergraduate Students

Why study the liberal arts at UVM?

Associate Dean Joel Goldberg discusses the value of a liberal arts education

Reason #1:

Our faculty. They have trained at the best Ph.D. programs in the country, they are distinguished in their fields of scholarship, and they're passionate about teaching (less than 1 percent of Arts and Sciences courses are taught by graduate assistants). You will find their doors wide open to you.

Reason #2:

We're a college within a college. As an Arts and Sciences student at UVM, you'll have the advantages of a small liberal arts college AND a leading university with superb resources at your disposal.

Reason #3:

You'll have opportunities to combine studies in liberal arts with business, life sciences, education, and other areas if you choose. With faculty sponsorship, you can also pursue an individually designed major.

Reason #4:

You'll get personal attention through programs like our TAP first-year seminars, where class sizes are limited and faculty advising and student interaction are maximized.

Reason #5:

More than 45 study abroad programs are available to our students throughout the globe.

Reason #6:

At UVM, you'll have exceptional opportunities to engage in research, if that interests you. We also offer tailored advising and practical experience for students in medicine, law, dentistry, physical therapy, and veterinary studies.

Reason #7:

UVM's "just right" enrollment size will make you feel connected, but not confined. You'll meet students from all over the country (more than 60 percent are from out of state) studying in diverse disciplines and involved in wide-ranging clubs, sports, community service, and other activities.

Interested in more reasons? We encourage you contact us with any questions you may have about the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont (see our contact information).

Reason #8:

Transferable Skills. Your particular major in liberal arts may not directly correspond to a specific career or field in the same way that an engineering or nursing major might. In addition to the depth of knowledge in your major field, as a liberal arts student you add breadth of knowledge across many disciplines. As a result of your studies, you acquire skills that are highly desired by employers and transferable to many different career fields. You will not be limited by specialization and will be adaptable to changes in the future and to new opportunities.