University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Global and Regional Studies Program


Global and Regional Studies Undergraduate Programs

Under the umbrella of the Global and Regional Studies Program, students can major in one of six areas and/or minor in one of nine areas of study. Each GRS major comprises a broad range of essential interdisciplinary courses in political science, economics, business, history, literature, foreign language, art, geography, anthropology, and religion.  As such, graduates of our programs are prepared to enter exciting careers in government, business, law, journalism, foreign service or education and meet the needs of today's broadening global vision.

We currently have nine area studies programs. Majors and minors are offered in the following five areas:

The remaining four programs offer only a minor at this time:

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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. We bring scholars, political figures, artists, and activists to campus; strongly encourage our students to study abroad and conduct internships; and sponsor faculty-led study courses to sites around the world. Nearly all GRS majors participate in academic semester or year-long study abroad programs sometime between their sophomore and senior years. In addition to their academic work, many of our students are also actively involved in internship and service-learning programs at leading organizations and universities in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. It is common to count many of these credits taken while abroad toward the GRS area major or minor.

Our programs provide a strong liberal arts education enhanced by significant cross-cultural and linguistic competence, skills that serve our graduates well in a wide variety of careers. Our graduates have gone on to pursue graduate degrees and successful careers in such fields as international business and consulting; international non-profit organizations specializing in issues like environment, health, population, and food; the foreign service and other government agencies; policy analysis; research; print and broadcast journalism; the Peace Corps and other international development organizations; higher education; and social activism throughout the U.S. and the world.

Thinking About a Major or Minor in our Program?

Student with Indian childrenBecause a major in an individual GRS program requires a certain number of high-level courses in a foreign language and will likely include study abroad, you should begin planning your major fairly early during your time here at UVM. During your first and second years, you should take required foreign language courses as well as introductory-level courses in the humanities and social sciences, which serve as prerequisites for subsequent upper-level courses. Once you declare a major in our program, we will assign you an academic advisor in your specific area, who will provide counsel in academic matters as well as study abroad, internship, and career planning.

As a minor, any of our programs provide an ideal complement to a major in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Our minors require somewhat less planning than the major, but also involve language courses and study abroad, so you should discuss your intentions with your normal academic advisor and an area studies director as early as possible.

If you have any questions about any of our programs, please visit the link to the specific program that interests you, or contact the director of an individual program. Current area directors are:

If you have any other questions about our programs, or would like to request a speaker on an international or global topic for your school or group, please contact

Program Director:

Peter VonDoepp, Ph.D.
Director, Global and Regional Studies Program
Associate Professor, Political Science

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