University of Vermont

Center for Research on Vermont


Vermont Studies Program

The Vermont Studies Program is a collection of courses with a Vermont focus that encourages students to think of Vermont as a living laboratory for learning. Students can also attain a minor in Vermont Studies -- drawing on courses in many departments and colleges across the University. Vermont Studies is a part of the Global and Regional Studies Programs at UVM and is administered by the Center for Research on Vermont.

Vermont Studies Mino: students must take VS 52, Introduction to Vermont, as well as three courses from our list of core courses, and two elective courses. Please see our VS Minor Requirements page.

For more information, please contact the Center for Research on Vermont Director Richard Watts:

Discover the Vermont Studies Minor

The Vermont Studies Minor is part of the Global and Regional Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. It is administered by the Center for Research on Vermont.

What is the Vermont Studies Minor?

Vermont Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that integrates Vermont-related course taught throughout the university. Vermont lends itself to study because it is a small state-a living laboratory for investigations into fields of all kinds. Students can examine Vermont as a microcosm of the world at large through humanities, social sciences, the natural sciences, or the environment. At the same time, students develop and refine skills that help them interpret Vermont data and phenomenon and apply them both inside and outside the state.

Our faculty are members of departments and colleges across the university, including: Community Development and Applied Economics, History, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Political Science, Geography, Social Work, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


Vermont Studies faculty work closely with students to tailor the minor to students' interests and areas of study. Students may conduct independent readings and research courses to help complete the minor.

    • Minors must take eighteen credit hours (usually five courses or more).
    • Introduction to Vermont, VS 52
    • Three of the following courses:
    VS 055 / GEOL 055 Environmental Geology
    VS 192 / GEOG 192 Vermont Field Studies
    VS 092 / GEOG 061 Geography of Vermont
    VS 164 / ANTH 164Indians of the NE: Vermont
    VS 123 / POLS 123 The Vermont Political System
    VS 158 / HIST 158 History of New England
    VS 184 / HIST 184 Vermont History
    VS 160 / ENGS 178 Literature of Vermont

    • Completion of two additional courses from an approved list, in consultation with the Vermont Studies Director. A list of these courses is available on the Registrar's website, under "Vermont Studies". These courses vary widely from Social Work to Wildlife Tracking to Community Development.

Learn More

Please contact Vermont Studies Director Richard Watts:, (802) 656-4389.

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