University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science

Student Opportunities

The department and the University as a whole offer a wide array of extra-curricular activities related to the study of politics. Find out information on student internships.

The departmental honors program provides opportunities for our best students to take special courses with other high-achieving political science majors and to be recognized upon graduation with departmental honors. For more information, read the department honors page. Our best students can also qualify for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, and be so recognized when they graduate.

We regularly host visiting lecturers dealing with political topics. The University’s Burack Distinguished Lecture Series brings to campus speakers across a range of topics. The department has four lecture series of its own – the Florence Davis Dean Lecture in “practical economics and politics,” the Lyman J. Gould Lecture (which alternates between Latin American politics and American constitutional law topics), the Donald R. Brown Lecture (in cooperation with the Philosophy Department) and the Mark L. Rosen Memorial Lecture on topics in political science.

There are numerous student organizations on campus involved in political issues, from the College Democrats and Republicans to the Law and Politics club and a number of issue-specific advocacy groups. The University’s award-winning debate program, the Lawrence Debate Union, argues topical issues at tournaments across the country and the world.

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