Women collecting grain into baskets

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.

GRS Students on the Move



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.