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Our Department

Founded in 1962 as the Area and International Studies Program, global and regional studies is an interdisciplinary program that brings together students, faculty, and other members of the university community interested in international and global affairs, as well as particular regions of the world. Although we are based in the College of Arts and Sciences, we draw from the research and teaching expertise of approximately 150 faculty members from four colleges across the University of Vermont.

If there is a particular region of the world that you are interested in studying, we offer major and minor programs in the following topics: African Studies, Asian Studies, Canadian Studies, European Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Middle East Studies, Russian & East European Studies, and Vermont Studies.

GRS Students on the Move

students in Oaxaca gathered at a lookout

The Oaxaca Semester Abroad Program is an extraordinary educational opportunity for UVM students to explore the interrelated themes of health, environment, and culture in Southern Mexico.


Several study abroad courses have focused on Ecuador – on its land use politics, oil extraction in the Amazon, the ecology of the high Andes, Alpaca husbandry, and conservation in the Galapagos Islands.


UVM hocky huddling in Belfast

In fall 2016, the UVM Men’s Hockey Team combined a hockey tournament in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with taking GRS 195: The Geographies of Peace and Conflict in Belfast - a course covering the history of sectarian violence in Ireland.