Molly Checkfield, Class of 2011, wrote in a recent email to Robert Bartlett POLS Department Chair, ....."My experience taking POLS classes at the University of Vermont helped solidify my vision of working in Washington, DC so I could make a difference in the Aging field on the federal level. The guidance and advice that I have received from Professor Garrison Nelson over the years has allowed me to turn those goals into reality. In my current role as Legislative Director of Social Security Works in Washington, DC, I lead the Strengthen Social Security Coalition's Legislative Committee of over 100 members. In the last 3 years I have coauthored two articles about the retirement income crisis and Social Security in Aging Today and Public Policy and Aging Report.
Working in Washington, DC has provided me the opportunity to participate in national conversations about subjects that I am most passionate about, and learn from those around me who have made an equal commitment to the causes they believe in. Last month I was selected as one of 25 young Americans to take part in a "Young Leaders in Dementia Summit" which supported the ongoing work of the World Dementia Council. I was also selected to represent the Alzheimer's Association in Legislative Meetings as a member of their Congressional Team in DC. My experience with POLS has proven to be invaluable as I have navigated my way through DC's difficult landscape. I am grateful for my experience at UVM and the insight and support that the University's professors and students have provided me."
Introduction to Political Science
The Political Science Department at the University of Vermont offers courses across the discipline, taught by scholar-teachers with outstanding research records and national reputations. Whether you are interested in American politics, law, women's issues, political theory, international relations or the politics of different world areas, you will find members of the department teaching courses and doing cutting-edge research in your field of interest.
Why Study Political Science at UVM?
UVM's Political Science Department offers its students the best of both worlds: a department exclusively focused on undergraduates, on the model of a liberal arts college, and a faculty with research and publication records comparable to those found in major research universities.
World-Class Faculty and Programs
From pre-law advising to the departmental honors program to internships in Vermont and Washington to study abroad, the Political Science Department offers its students an array of programs to supplement their course work and get them ready for life after graduation. These programs complement the teaching and research of our distinguished faculty, providing our students with a political science education second to none.