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For 45 years, UVM's Global and Regional Studies Program (previously known as Area & International Studies) has promoted regional and global awareness, international development programs, and exciting career opportunities. Global and Regional Studies is an interdisciplinary program that encompasses African Studies, Asian Studies, Canadian Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Middle East Studies, Russian and East European Studies, and Vermont Studies.
Rather than simply providing a window through which students can observe other regions of the world, the individual GRS programs seek to engage actively with those regions and their cultural, political, economic, environmental, and social issues.  As such, graduates of our programs are prepared to enter exciting careers in government, business, law, journalism, or education. Learn more about GRS.


Spring 2015 Registration -
Select the program below for a list of eligible courses for each program

Asian Studies

European Studies

Middle East Studies

African Studies

Global Studies

Russian/East European Studies

Canadian Studies

Latin American & Caribbean Studies


View our five majors, nine minors

Under the umbrella of the Global and Regional Studies Program, students can choose from nine areas of study. Each GRS major comprises a broad range of essential courses in political science, economics, business, history, literature, foreign language, art, geography, anthropology, and religion. Graduates of our programs are well rounded and great candidates for careers in government, business, law, journalism, foreign service or education. Learn about career paths in GRS.

GRS offers majors and minors in the following five academic areas:
Additional minors available in:


Attention Global Studies Students: Open Advising Session for Global Studies Majors and Minors -- Guidance in course selection prior to registration for Spring 2015.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill 325

Global & Regional Studies held an International Jobs and Careers Night information session last spring. Local expert panelists were on hand to discuss options and opportunities for finding meaningful work overseas.
We thought you might enjoy seeing the video highlights (click here)!
For more information please call the GRS office at 802-656-1096 or email Interim Director Peter VonDoepp at

Alia DegenFirst year Global Studies major Alia Degen wins Toms' "Ticket to Give" contest to personally deliver shoes to impoverished children this fall. California-based Toms Shoes donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair that is purchased.

SIR Inductees 2014 Fourteen GRS students were inducted into the Sigma Iota Rho National Honor Society for International Studies on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Prof. Dennis MahoneyThe 2014 Robert V. Daniels Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education was presented to Prof. Dennis Mahoney on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Sydney Healey, Global Studies major and class of 2014, has been named a Fulbright Scholar. She is one of six UVM students receiving the award in the 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition. Sydney will be traveling to Brazil where she will undertake an English Teaching Assistantship.

Professor Jonah Steinberg, Department of Anthropology and affiliated Global Studies faculty member, held a successful symposium on April 28th on the intersection of pathogen, history, and society entitled " A Thousand Ghost Maps: History in and as Health Crises." The symposium was held in association with the Burack Distinguished Lecture Series lecture "How Hungry Mosquitoes Liberated the Americas, 1776-1898" by JR McNeill, which Prof. Steinberg also organized and was sponsored by the Global & Regional Studies Program. Prof. Steinberg was featured on a recent episode of "Vermont Edition" on Vermont Public Radio. Please follow the link to hear the full interview

Tyler Purinton with Prof. VonDoeppTyler Purinton, Political Science major, won the Global & Regional Studies R.D. Benedict prize for best student essay in the field of international affairs. He was presented the award during the GRS Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society induction ceremony on May 1st.

GRS Events:

Lecture - "The Rwanda Miracle"
Thursday, November 6, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

Global Studies Open Advising Session for GS majors and minors only. Guidance in course selection prior
to registration for Spring 2015.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
5:30 to 7:00PM, John Dewey Lounge, Old Mill 325 or call 802-656-1096 for more information.