Our program is focused on the undergraduate student experience. With the exception of a few courses each semester offered by adjunct faculty with substantial professional experience in their fields, every course in the department is taught by full-time faculty—no courses are taught by graduate students. You will have an adviser who is a full-time faculty member, available during regular office hours or by appointment.
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.
Big Opportunities, Small Class Environment
UVM's Political Science Department offers the best of both worlds: a university department exclusively focused on undergraduates, modeled on the intimate atmosphere of a small liberal arts college. From a departmental honors program, to internships in Vermont and Washington, to study abroad options the department provides an array of programs to supplement your course work and prepare you for life after graduation.
World-Class Faculty and Programs
Our programs complement the teaching and research of our distinguished faculty, providing you with a political science education second to none. Not only do UVM faculty members regularly publish articles and books in academic journals and scholarly presses, but their expertise is sought by the national and international media, by think tanks and research institutes and by the U.S. government.
Courses with Breadth and Depth
With 20 full-time faculty members, the political science department offers an unusually broad range of course offerings. You can take courses on almost every major world area, on almost every aspect of American politics, on gender issues from American and global perspectives. The department is especially strong in American constitutional law and legal issues, and we offer a rigorous pre-law program.