University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science

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Three political science professors share insight into what they expect from the Republican-controlled 114th U.S. Congress


UVM Named One of the Best Colleges for Political Science by AC Online

The University of Vermont and the Political Science Department have been recognized for excellence in Political Science education. AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online) recently identified the 20 political science programs in the United States with the highest return on investment (ROI). Students who graduate from these programs earn more over their lifetimes, on average, than political science graduates from other institutions, after subtracting tuition and fees. UVM ranked sixth overall. AC Online had this to say about political science at UVM :
"Undergraduate political science students get all the attention from faculty, as the department focuses exclusively on the bachelor's degree. The instructors in the department create unique and groundbreaking research, like one professor's book on how the Harry Potter series influenced the political ideals of the Millennial generation."

AC Online used the following criteria to pinpoint the nation's top Political Science programs:

  • Total weighted cost (provided by IPEDS)
  • 30-year Net ROI (provided by PayScale.com)
  • 4-year degree-granting institution
  • Fully accredited institution
  • Must offer Political Science at the undergraduate level
  • Private, for-profit institutions excluded


  • 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.