Explore the College of Arts and Sciences

We know that seeing our campus up close is always the best way to experience the learning opportunities at the University of Vermont. Given the unique circumstances of COVID-19, we're taking steps to be sure members of our campus—and visitors to UVM—are not exposed to any additional risk. So we’re sharing this page of resources at the College of Arts and Sciences, where we invite you to meet UVM students, alumni and faculty members, and learn more about our extraordinary community. (Hear our faculty explore the impacts of COVID-19, from different disciplinary perspectives.) None of this is a substitute for being at UVM in person, but it is the next best thing!

Learn more about the CAS Liberal Arts Scholars Program (LASP)

In this first-year program, you will take from three to five integrated courses exploring core moral, aesthetic, social, environmental and scientific issues. The LASP program launches your undergraduate education through deep exploration into the big questions faced by humans since antiquity—questions we grapple with today.
VIDEO: Life Science Scholars
VIDEO: Social Science Scholars
VIDEO: Arts Scholars
VIDEO: Darcy Eliot '21 shares her LASP experience

First-year Advising in CAS

Advising is a crucial part of your navigating your first year in college. In CAS, we offer support with a team of advisors, each able to connect you to resources across the university. First, for those of you who are majoring in Biology, Neuroscience and Psychology you will be assigned to a professional staff advisor.  Students who have not yet picked a major—all exploratory students will also be advised by a professional advisor.  All other students will be advised by a faculty member in their major department allowing you to build mentoring relationships in your field from the moment of your arrival on campus.  Second, when you take a class in the Teacher Advisor Program, the faculty member teaching your small seminar becomes one of your advisors, with some of your class sessions devoted to advising issues.  Third, the College of Arts & Sciences Student Services Office can provide you with further support.

Internships in CAS

CAS provides an outstanding level of support for internships, experiences that will provide you with real-world knowledge and the opportunity to build close connections with working professionals. The internship is key to building skills that employers in all professions are on the lookout for—and can help you evaluate what field is the best for you. For more background: Listen to this podcast from Richard Watts, coordinator of the internship program in the College of Arts & Sciences.
VIDEO: Julia Higa '21 talks about her UVM Semester in the City internship in Boston.
PODCAST: Listen to Leah Kelleher '20 discuss how internships are shaping her career ambitions.

Below you can find resources for first-year students and specific information about each major in the College. Find out how faculty, students and alumni are changing the world.

Anthropology

The mission of UVM’s Department of Anthropology is to produce influential research in anthropology integrated with an outstanding undergraduate liberal arts education. Drawing on the interdisciplinary four-field tradition (sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology), we provide strong training in contemporary anthropological theory, research methods, and ethical practices, to prepare students to think critically and act as engaged citizens for the common good. Together as students and faculty, our scholarly community mobilizes anthropological knowledge to address questions of culture and its role in a diverse and changing world. Large relative to other undergraduate-only programs, our department offers a broad curriculum and specialized concentrations while emphasizing individual attention and a lasting mentoring relationship between faculty and students.

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

VIDEO: Jonah Steinberg describes himself as an anthropologist "on the extreme social edge."
STORY: Professor Teresa Mares publishes new book on Vermont’s migrant workers.
VIDEO: UVM Professor Jeanne Shea discusses her research on aging and caregiving in China.
VIDEO: Watch faculty and students doing field projects through UVM's Consulting Archaeology Program.

For recent stories about our students and classes, see:

STORY: Kaitlyn Vitez '15 advocates for reducing the cost of higher education.
STORY: Megan Holt ‘22 and Lauren Maus ’20 pitch global health perspectives to med students.

For more information, including details of the anthropology B.A., B.S., and minor, see the department’s website, and check out this department overview provided by Professor Teresa Mares.

Art & Art History

The art department at UVM inspires your capacity to create, while encouraging you to think broadly by incorporating perspectives from multiple disciplines. Small classes give you deep exposure to ideas and experiences of your professors and peers, and provide you the latitude to develop your own methods of creative expression. The department offers three programs of study. As a studio art major, you’ll discover a broad range of courses in drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, digital art, graphic design and time-based media. Art history majors explore the breadth of art production through time, based a strong foundation in the liberal arts. If you are passionate about teaching, UVM’s B.S. in art education combines coursework in studio art and art history with practical classroom experience, leading to Vermont educator's license for K-12 art or to other teaching opportunities such as private schools, community-based programs, or museum education. For a department overview, see this video from Professor of Art History Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio.

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

STORY: Professor Jane Kent’s recent book explores democratic ideals through art.
STORY: Professor Mildred Beltre: building community by making art.

For recent stories about students and classes, see:

STORY:  David Bernier ’18 combines course with internship experience.
VIDEO: Take a student-led video tour of our art facilities.

For more information, including details of the studio art major, the art history major, and the B.S. in art education, and the minors offered, see the department’s website.

Asian Languages & Literatures Department

Asia has a population of over three billion people, and in our age of globalization the continent is increasingly relevant to Western life. The University of Vermont offers language instruction in Chinese and Japanese, the languages of the two biggest economies in Asia. Our goal is to provide the best possible instruction in the languages and literatures of these two countries, helping students gain greater understanding of Asian culture and the capacity to thrive in environments where these languages are spoken.

For recent stories about our students, see:

STORY: Aimee Johnston ’18 combines Chinese and biochem majors.
STORY: Alisa Holm ’15 explores the literature of memory studying in Okinawa.

For more information, including details of the Chinese major, the Japanese major, the Asian Studies major, and related minors, see the department’s website.

Biology

The Department of Biology offers award-winning faculty, stimulating coursework, and inspired students who are training to answer some of our world's biggest questions. We know that hands-on experience is the key to learning, so our department is devoted to providing interactive opportunities to apply coursework in real-life, real-time settings. Our faculty enjoy international reputations, bringing their scholarship and productive research efforts into the undergraduate experience, providing opportunities for research from the introductory to advanced level that engage and challenge students and promote critical thinking skills. As a student in our department, you’ll work shoulder to shoulder with renowned scholars doing critical research that has real-world applications, funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies and foundations.

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

VIDEO: Professor Melissa Pespeni: sea stars as a window on our oceans and our future.
VIDEO: Professor Ingi Agnarsson: the power of spider webs.

For recent stories about our students and alumni, see:

STORY: Lauren Trumble '19: Seeking humanity in medicine.
VIDEO: Kahlia Gonzales ’20: Hands-on experience on the path to vet school.
STORY: Emily Shore ’19: Tracing down ocean pollution.

PODCAST: Transferable skills and opportunities in biology at UVM

For more information, including details of majors and minors in biology, biological science, environmental science, and zoology, see the department’s website.

Biochemistry

Biochemists study the molecular interactions that guide many processes involved in living organisms. This involves exploring the underlying chemical and physical properties of these organisms, from metabolism and enzyme kinetics to gene transfection and cellular signaling. With the recent publication of the Human Genome and other discoveries describing the molecular basis of life, tremendous opportunities await those students with the right background and training in this field.

Read more about two recent biochemistry alumni: 

STORY: Azerbaijan native Natavan Dudkina discovered a talent for language—both linguistic and scientific.
STORY: Ben Teasdale’s path to an M.D. brings him across the disciplines and around the world.

For more information, see the program's website, and view a brief introduction to the benefits of this program from Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director of the biochemistry program Matthias Brewer.

Chemistry

The UVM Chemistry Department provides a rare blend of individual attention and exposure to a myriad of disciplines in both undergraduate and graduate programs. We connect you with faculty who are world-recognized researchers and committed educators, leading to an invigorating fusion of theory and practice. Your educational path at UVM will pave the way to career success and advancement--along the way, you'll be making important contributions not only in the field of chemistry, but in a range of disciplines including biomedical engineering, environmental science, materials science, and energy research.

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

VIDEO: Professor Chris Landry discusses nanoparticles and the role they could play for treating cancer.
STORY: Professor Matt Liptak: new ways to make LEDs.

For a story about a recent alum, see:

STORY: Bryan Holmes G’07: the chemistry of Citizen Cider.

For a current student perspective:

VIDEO: Alex Taylor describes his UVM experience.

For more information, including details of the chemistry B.A. and B.S. degrees, see the department’s website.

Classics

Classics, the study of Greek and Roman civilization, is the original and quintessential liberal arts degree. The field is multidisciplinary and provides access to a cultural continuum spanning over three millennia up to and including the present day. Coursework extends beyond traditional study of the languages and society to provide a broader view of the ancient world and its relationship to the present. Classics majors at UVM can study Greek and Roman culture in the original languages and/or take an array of English-language courses that cover a wide area: mythology, epic and lyric poetry, drama, satire, art and architecture, historiography, political theory and philosophy. 

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

VIDEO: Professor Angeline Chiu: Shakespeare is for everybody.
STORY: Professor Jacques Bailly: Pronouncer for the National Spelling Bee.

For recent stories about our students and classes, see:

STORY: Homer’s “The Odyssey” offers insight and support to UVM’s student veterans.
STORY: Class presents "new ancient" production of "Helen."
STORY: Summer course unearths an ancient idea: sustainability.

For more information, including details of the majors in Greek, Latin, and Classical Civilization, see the department’s website.

Computer Science

Whether your passion is to help fight global warming, uncover the secrets of the human genome, create intelligent robots, bring history alive through mobile apps, prevent terrorism, understand human social phenomena, create digital art, improve health care, or invent the technologies of the future, computing is central to these and most modern endeavors. Computing professionals often collaborate in teams but may also work individually; they may be entrepreneurs, telecommuters, consultants, academics, work in a small business, work in a big business, work in a national laboratory, work in government, or work internationally.

For recent news from our department, see:

STORY: UVM enters research partnership with Threat Stack, leading cloud-based cybersecurity firm
STORY: Team builds the first living robots.
STORY: UVM Complex Systems Center advances open-source research support group.

For more information about the CAS B.A. in computer science, see the department’s website, send email to the computer science department, and watch this department video.

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

Students in the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program learn to deconstruct the way race and ethnicity are articulated—in the U.S. and abroad—a project of increasingly urgent importance. We are a close-knit community of faculty and students dedicated to conducting this exciting work in and out of the classroom. We approach the study of race and ethnicity through the lens of many different disciplines including art history, anthropology, economics, English, environmental studies, gender, sexuality, and women’s studies, global studies, religion, romance languages, political science, theater and others. 

STORY: Professor Emily Bernard authored the powerful essay on race, “Teaching the N-Word.”

For more information, see the program’s website.

Dance

We encourage experienced dancers and those who wish to discover dance in college to come into our classrooms and studios, to move with us and to expand your understanding of dance as a performing art form. Grounded in contemporary dance, the program provides opportunities to study in wide variety of styles/approaches, including contemporary dance technique, improvisation, composition, site performance, ballet, hip hop, African, Brazilian, and much more.

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

STORY: Reimagining “Appalachian Spring.”
STORY:UVM offers first dance major for a public college in Vermont.

For recent stories about our students and alumni, see:

STORY: Lauren Blue '12 returns to UVM as choreographer for 2020 "Dancing Uphill."
STORY: Faculty trio dissect the mind-body connection in an anything-but-ordinary class.
VIDEO: Watch a recent rehearsal in our new performace space.

For more information, including details of the dance major and minor, see the program’s website.

Economics

Economics is about more than numbers. It explores how people allocate and utilize resources on an individual and collective basis. As an economics major at UVM, pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, you will study a broad array of topics which bear directly on human welfare, including economic growth and development, unemployment, the relationship between the environment and the economy, international trade, technological change, the role of race and gender in the economy, and poverty and the distribution of income. Our graduates have an impressive track record of success in graduate school placement and careers in public policy, finance, marketing, sales, government, education, and research.

For a recent story about one of our faculty members, see:

STORY: Professor Stephanie Seguino on the relationship between child care and economic growth

For recent stories about our current students or alumni, see:

STORY: Jacquelyn Pless ’09 pushes for energy innovation
STORY: Ben Vidal: finding mentors.
VIDEO: Meet Nick Ridder, a senior economics major. 

For more information, including details of the economics B.A., B.S. and minor, see the department’s website.

English

As active members of a supportive community of teacher-scholars, UVM English students explore a vast range of human experience through programs in literary and cultural studies and in writing. Students study with leading poets, novelists, memoirists, scholars, and critical theorists, building foundational skills in research, communication, persuasion, creativity, and critical thinking—skills that top every list of what employers value most highly. Our graduates go on to succeed in business, government, education, law, media and journalism, publishing, marketing, and public relations, among many other professions; their ranks include leading scholars, renowned journalists and film-makers, and high-ranking business executives. Many report that the creative energy and intellectual excitement they felt in the community of scholars at UVM have carried over strongly into career success. 

PODCAST: With English Department Chair Dan Fogel (Followup with Prof. Fogel or Prof. Scott)

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

VIDEO: Professor Major Jackson: poems as a mirror on our times.
STORY: Professor Emily Bernard wins Christopher Isherwood Prize.

For recent stories about our classes and alumni, see:

STORY: Professor Maria Hummel: teaching for National Novel Writing Month.
STORY: Alexandria Hall ’15 named National Poetry Series Open Competition winner.

For recent publications, see:

THE GIST: UVM student literary periodical (pdf)
ABOUT: An overview of English at UVM (pdf)

For more information, including details of the English major and minors, see the department’s website. Also, learn more about our popular new minor Reporting & Documentary Storytelling.

Environmental Sciences

The environmental sciences major at UVM combines a natural science-based core curriculum with field and lab-based environmental coursework designed to engage students in tackling real-world environmental problems. This blending of a strong science foundation with hands-on, problem-based instruction and internship, research, and study abroad opportunities prepares our students with the knowledge and professional skill set needed to identify and respond to complex environmental challenges.

STORY: Helena Munson '19 continues research as UVM post-grad. 

For more information, including details of the Environmental Sciences bachelor of science degree, see the program’s website, and view this short video by Professor Charlotte Mehrtens.

Environmental Studies

UVM’s Environmental Program is one of the oldest in the country. Founded in 1972 to address growing number of environmental challenges, the Environmental Program at its core is interdisciplinary. Students takes classes across the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to develop a broad understanding of our environment and current environmental issues, but also to learn how to integrate a wide-ranging approaches and viewpoints towards solving and mitigating these problems. Faculty in the Environmental Program teach and mentor students across a range of fields from eco-literature and media to ecology, agro-ecology and economics. Our faculty's interdisciplinary scholarship sets the bar and serves as a model for student research, internships, senior capstones, or independent studies.

VIDEO: Learn more about the CAS environmental studies program.

For more information see the program’s website.

Film & Television Studies

The film and television studies program offers both a major and a minor, exploring the aesthetic, technological, historical, theoretical and cultural aspects of the field. We are dedicated to producing critical media thinkers and producers who are capable of working and contributing to our increasingly diverse and technologically sophisticated society. The program offers deep expertise in the rapidly developing field with faculty who skillfully integrate their perspectives into a modern liberal arts education.

For recent stories about our students, see:

STORY: UVM students meet many "cat connections" in Hollywood.
VIDEO: See a compilation of recent student work at UVM.
VIDEO: Student Jordan Mitchell created a film on CCTV/Channel 17 archiving process.

For more information, see the program’s website. Also, learn more about one of our popular new minors Reporting & Documentary Storytelling.

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

The gender, sexuality, and women's studies program at UVM offers students an opportunity to think about sex, gender, gender identity and other forms of difference over time and across cultures. Students and faculty draw from the social sciences, the physical sciences, the humanities and creative arts to pursue research on questions about gender (the social meaning of the distinctions among sexes) and sexuality (sexual identities, discourses, and institutions).

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

STORY: Faculty members discuss the past and future of the Women's Suffrage Movement.
VIDEO: Tina Escaja explores how the digital age has transformed the meaning of connection.

For more information see the program's website. 

Geography

It is not unusual for geographers to be asked what it is they "do." In response, geographers often say that we study the "why of where." This is a shorthand way of saying that geographical curiosity is grounded by an enduring interest in the patterns of human and natural phenomena, and the interaction of both, as they are manifested in particular locations, environments, and places.

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

VIDEO: Every year Stuart White explores the Ecuadorean highlands with UVM students.
STORY: UVM Professor a key contributor to latest federal climate assessment.

For recent stories about our students, see:

STORY: Alum uses a National Geographic Society Grant to study refugees in Ecuador.
STORY: Claire Dumont ’19 receives Fulbright Research Award.

For more information see the department's website.

Geology

Want to discover why landscapes differ, why earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, why mountains and oceans exist, or why dinosaurs became extinct? Geologists attempt to answer the questions of why? how? and under what conditions? as well as questions concerning time (when?) and place (where?). Between fieldwork and time in the lab, geology is the process of answering these questions. For an overview of the geology at UVM, view this department video.

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

STORY: Cuba/U.S. geology team explores a model for sustainable agriculture.
STORY: UVM's Keith Klepeis studies the evolution of mountain ranges.

For recent stories about our students and classes, see:

VIDEO: Learn where UVM geology students and faculty members go, and what they do.
STORY: Graduate student Hannah Weiss investigates "snow farming" in Vermont.
STORY: Extraterrestrial Life course takes influence from multiple disciplines.

For more information see the department’s website, and view this department video.

German & Russian

The Department of German and Russian connects you to millions of speakers across the globe! Through an investigation of authentic materials (short stories, films, infographics) you will explore relevant contemporary issues while developing skills to communicate effectively as a global citizen. From first semester to senior seminars, our courses cover a variety of stimulating subject areas and even involve community outreach. In “Social Justice and the German Graphic Novel,” students work with renowned comic artist Jason Lutes to create research-based graphic novels; in “Age of Putin: Contemporary Media in Russia,” students explore contemporary Russian social media and memes, investigating youth movements in relation to current issues. Lastly, in addition to numerous study abroad opportunities, we also build community here in Burlington: our extra-curricular activities range from language houses to internships at local high schools. Our graduates receive prestigious fellowships, are accepted at top graduate programs, and have rewarding and successful careers. For more information, contact Helga Schreckenberger.

Watch this department overview:

VIDEO: German and Russian at UVM

To learn more about a UVM alumnus and a faculty member, visit:

VIDEO: Professor Wolfgang Mieder says proverbs have much to tell us about our culture.
STORY: Russian historian and author Douglas Smith ’85 recently stumbled upon a forgotten story.

For a student perspective:

VIDEO: Hear from a current student in the Russian department.
VIDEO: Student Emma Roach discusses her four years of German studies at UVM.

Global Studies

For 45 years, UVM global and regional studies has presented a truly interdisciplinary experience—programs encompass 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 you can observe other regions of the world, each program seeks to engage with the cultural, political, economic, environmental and social issues specific to the region. In this video, student Anitra Conover '22 discusses why she is majoring in global studies at UVM.

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

STORY: Dr. Caroline Beer discusses the complexities of the situation in Venezuela.
STORY: Professor Pablo Bose develops study abroad course for UVM hockey team.

For a recent story about our students and classes, see:

STORY: In the remotest regions of Nepal, students absorb a lifetime of lessons.
VIDEO: Isabel MacGregor '22 discusses her UVM experiences as a global studies major.

For more information see the program’s website, or contact Global and Regional Studies Program Director Pablo Bose.

Health & Society

Health and Society (HSOC) is an interdisciplinary cross-college program offering a B.A. and a minor that brings together an array of social science approaches to address critical questions concerning health, healing, and health care in human populations. Program faculty and students examine the many ways in which human health, healing, and health care are defined, perceived, and enacted, and in which access to health and health care are distributed, within and across populations.

For recent stories about our students, see:

STORY: Undergrad interns for Rwandan Health Minister.
STORY: Injecting the global health perspective into medical education.
VIDEO: Sarah Obimba '20 speaks to us about the Health & Society Program.

For more information see the program’s website.

History

The word "history," Greek in origin, means "learning through inquiry," and that is precisely what our professors of history and their students do. At UVM the study of history is much more than memorizing dates, names, battles and treaties. Together, students and faculty discover and interpret the past by asking questions and conducting research. In the process, students become prepared to meet the challenges of a constantly changing and increasingly complex world. What makes the UVM History Department stand out is our combined strengths as excellent teachers and ground-breaking scholars. Virtually every faculty member in our department has won or been nominated for one of the university's awards for excellence in teaching. We are a community of scholars, researching and publishing on a wide range of topics including Ottoman legal systems, British masculinity, slavery in Canada, medieval holy women, American architecture, Japanese-Chinese relations, and much more. 

For a department overview:

 PODCAST: Paul Deslandes, Chair of the UVM History Department

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

STORY: Professor Sarah Osten volunteers as an interpreter with migrants.
STORY: Professor Andy Buchanan’s new book explores the global history of World War II.
STORY: Professor Sean Field's discovery alters views on life of St. Francis of Assisi.

For recent stories about our students and classes, see:

STORY: Medieval manuscripts in UVM Silver Collection primary sources for history seminar.
STORY: Experiential learning in “Cree Country: native history and environmental change.”
VIDEO: Meet UVM senior Kaleigh Calvao, a double major in history and political science.

For more information see the department’s website. To contact us directly, send an email to chair of the history department Paul Deslandes.

Linguistics

At the crossroads of the humanities and the social sciences, the study of linguistics relates closely to many other fields like psychology, philosophy, logic and anthropology. We offer both an undergraduate major and minor in linguistics, as well as five-course Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Program.

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

STORY: Professor of Linguistics Julie Roberts discusses whether the Vermont accent is here to stay.
STORY: Maeve Eberhardt uses Harry Potter books to explore how language reinforces cultural attitudes.

For more information see the program’s website.

Mathematics

Our students and our faculty understand the unique challenges and satisfactions that the careful study of mathematics and statistics offers. Mathematical ideas and results not only represent some of the highest accomplishments of human society, but also are an indispensable tool in an ever-increasing array of disciplines.

For a student perspective:

VIDEO: Jasmine Contreras talks about her UVM mathematics experience.

For more information see the department’s website. You are also invited to join a live-chat session at the following times (requires Microsoft Teams software):

April 14th: Join a live chat from 6-6:30 p.m.

April 21st: Join a live chat from 6-6:30 p.m.

April 28th: Join a live chat from 6-6:30 p.m.

Music

The Department of Music welcomes students from all majors and from all colleges within the university! You can play or sing in an ensemble, take private lessons, or study music composition, theory, history or culture. We have outstanding, award-winning faculty who also love to teach, world-class private teachers, and are located in the thriving arts scene of Burlington. Our musicians feel fortunate to be a part of the UVM community and create music in inspiring surroundings.

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

VIDEO: Is the tuba the most underestimated instrument of all time? Listen to the way Yutaka Kono plays it!
VIDEO: "Artists are funnels," says Ray Vega, Grammy-winning trumpeter and senior lecturer.

Student video tour:

VIDEO: Take a tour of music's home Southwick Hall.

For more information see the department’s website.

Neuroscience

Neuroscience is an exciting and challenging interdisciplinary field in which scientists study the anatomy, physiology, and function of the nervous system. Often described as one of the "last frontiers," neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and how it regulates behavior. Psychology and biology have been the traditional disciplines that share this interest, but fields such as communication sciences, physics, computer science and other diverse fields are also interested in neuroscience.

Read about neuroscience students and a recent graduate: 

STORY: Ellen Wixted '16 wins National Science Foundation funding.
STORY: Meet three neuroscience students engaged in internships.

Read about a recent interdisciplinary class:

STORY: An unlikely faculty trio team up to dissect the mind-body connection.

For more information see the program’s website, and take a look at this video by Professor Sayamwong (Jom) Hammack providing a deeper look at the options available in UVM neuroscience.

Philosophy

What is the nature of morality? What is the difference between knowing and believing? Is beauty subjective? The answers aren’t easy to discover, but the intellectual journey helps us find purpose and meaning in our lives and work. The discipline also encourages rigorous thinking, clarity and precision in thought and language, and the ability to analyze and solve problems--skills that are in high demand in any profession.

For recent stories about our faculty and classes, see: 

STORY: Professor Tyler Doggett explains why philosophy is more important than ever.
STORY: Summer course unearths an ancient idea: sustainability.
STORY: Extraterrestrial Life course takes influence from multiple perspectives.

For a recent student story, see:

STORY: Meet Emma Golden '20, a philosophy major bound for medical school.

For more information see the department’s website.

Physics

Physics is concerned with the mathematical formulation of the fundamental laws of nature. An education in physics provides you with the foundation for a variety of careers: in addition to preparation for graduate study in physics and related fields, this major is an excellent platform for professional careers in engineering, management, teaching, computational sciences, law and medicine. Physics majors are eligible to participate in research and thesis projects, including summer research fellowships, such as the “women in science” undergraduate research fellowship.

For a recent story about our faculty, see:

STORY: New x-ray technique allows UVM researcher to learn more about thin film growth.

For a story on a recent cross-disciplinary class:

STORY: New spring course 'Extraterrestrial Life' a multidisciplinary exploration.

For a story on a recent alum, see:

STORY: Physics lab experience leads to entry-level position in healthcare.

Find more information about our B.A. and B.S. degrees in physics, on our department’s website and our YouTube channel.

Political Science

The Department of Political Science at UVM offers courses across the discipline, taught by scholar-teachers with outstanding research records and international reputations. Whether you are interested in American politics, media, law, gender and politics, 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. Our program is focused on the undergraduate student experience. Every course in the department is taught by full-time faculty—no courses are taught by graduate students—in classes whose sizes range from 20 to 120. In our department undergraduates have ample opportunities to get involved in research projects with faculty, whether it be their own thesis project, class research projects (many of which have been published by the faculty), working as research assistants for professors, or conducting research for the Vermont State Legislators. For more insights into the advantages of studying political science at UVM, listen to this podcast by department chair Anthony Gierzynski

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

STORY: New book reflects on lessons from Thoreau in the Trump Era.
STORY: UVM faculty break down Brexit.

For recent stories on our students and alumni, see:

GALLERY: Photojournalist Alex Edelman '13 captures some of the country’s biggest moments.
STORY: Meet some recent political science interns.
VIDEO: Meet UVM senior Kaleigh Calvao, a double major in history and political science.
VIDEO: Jason Goldfarb '20 talks about his experience in UVM political science and future plans at Amazon. 

For more information, see the department's website and additional resources on careers in political science.

Psychological Science

The Department of Psychological Science at UVM offers the best of both worlds: our faculty conduct cutting-edge research while mentoring students in the lab and in community-based internships. The result is a blend of practical experience and intellectual intimacy that is rare at the university level. Whether you decide to pursue an advanced degree in a psychological science field or enter the working world after graduation, you’ll discover that the academic rigor of our program, combined with hands-on research experience, will give you the reasoning and critical thinking skills that are in high demand in any profession. 

For a department overview:

PODCAST: John Green, Chair of the UVM Psychological Sciences Department

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

STORY: UVM study is first to definitively map early development of PTSD.
STORY: UVM professor sheds light on Seasonal Affective Disorder.

For a recent story about our students, see:

STORY: Students implement research-based 'Fit Kids' program.

For more information, see the department’s website.

Religion

The study of religion at UVM is a critical part of the wider study of human cultures, global affairs, and personal identities. Students investigate a wide variety of myths, rituals, ethical systems, and social formations that human beings have created throughout history, working with internationally recognized faculty whose expertise encompasses many religious traditions and cultural areas. As contemporary society is increasingly shaped by diverse and sometimes divisive religious claims, the Religion Department offers a rich program of challenging courses to prepare students to be insightful and articulate interpreters of religion in a pluralistic and interconnected world.

For recent stories about our faculty, see:

STORY: “Spirited” exhibit a product of faculty/student collaboration
VIDEO: Professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst uses Twitter to help students form deeper connections.
STORY: An unlikely faculty trio team up to dissect the mind-body connection.
PODCAST: Learn about our new Religious Literacy Certificate program.

For a perspective from a current student, see:

VIDEO - Religion senior Carolynn van Arsdale 

For more information, see the department's website or write to us at religion@uvm.edu.

Romance Languages

We offer undergraduate majors and minors in French, Italian Studies and Spanish as well as a separate minor in Italian. In addition to our courses in language study, we offer a full array of classes on the literatures and cultures, past and present, of the many regions of the world where the languages we teach are spoken.  Our instructors are poets and pedagogues as well as being literary, cultural, and linguistic scholars. They are publicly recognized teachers and scholars who are highly knowledgeable, remarkably dedicated to their students, and active participants in the UVM community.

For stories about a few of our classes, see:

STORY: Spanish service learning course connects students with migrant communities.
VIDEO: Learn about a fascinating (and mouth-watering) Italian studies course offered in the fall of 2020.

For faculty and student perspectives, watch these two videos:

VIDEO: Romance Language Chair Joseph Acquisto provides a department overview.
VIDEO: Meet Jake Potts, a senior Spanish major at UVM.

For more information, including details of the French, Italian Studies, and Spanish majors and minors, see the department’s website. To contact the department chair, email Professor Joseph Acquisto.

Sociology

Our department is known on campus for strong teaching and a stimulating variety of courses in which we analyze current social issues, including wealth and poverty, crime, deviance, gender, the social organization of the family, race relations, health care, and death and dying. Several of our courses offer hands-on field experience with government and social service agencies. If you are actively concerned about the world you live in and want to do something constructive and useful in it—whether in law, business, education, medicine, urban or rural planning—sociology provides our best means for understanding how "the system" works.

Read about how UVM faculty and alumni are changing the world:

STORY: Professor Kathy Fox brings the liberal arts to incarcerated adults.
STORY: New book compiles 30 original essays by Asian American women on the hurt of colorism
STORY: UVM sociology majors are working for positive change in their careers.

For more information, see the department’s website.

Theatre

Small class sizes, an appreciation of diversity, and a spirit of inclusion promote a strong sense of community at the department of theatre. An extensive production schedule offers students numerous opportunities to practice the creation of theatre while rigorous academic offerings challenge students to learn.

For recent stories about our students, see:

VIDEO: Meet some of the faculty and students in our theatre department.
VIDEO: Get a tour of the Royall Tyler Theatre (starts at 3:40)
STORY: Students get a behind the scenes look at the business of show business.

For more information, see the department's website.