The Vermont State Political Science B.A. will give you the freedom to explore the field’s many career tracks and the hands-on opportunities to choose how to make your impact. Through focused interaction with the outside community, you’ll develop the leadership, critical-thinking, and communication skills you need to contribute to civic and political life.
In our political science major, you’ll learn about a variety of intersecting fields, from international relations and American government to public policy and law. You also can expand your viewpoint by choosing a minor in Gender Studies, Global Studies, or Pre-Law. As you prepare for political science degree jobs, you’ll finish with the passion and confidence to be an engaged citizen who can help improve lives and shape the future.
We understand that the cost and value of your education is important to you. That’s why we’re committed to being one of the most affordable colleges in Vermont and why more than 80% of our students receive aid. We're here to help you fit this program into your unique financial picture. Contact this program's Admissions Counselor any time to discuss what types of financial aid are right for you.
Combined with scholarships and aid, a Vermont State education is within reach for students from all financial backgrounds. Speak with our Admissions Counselor to estimate what your true out-of-pocket costs might be for this program.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for Political Science, B.A.
$10,344 Full Time Annual
$20,688 Full Time Annual
Total Mandatory Fees
Undergraduate (In-Person / In-Person Plus)
$1,608 Full Time Annual
Housing and Food
$8,104 Full Time Annual
Standard Food Plan
$5,244 Full Time Annual
For complete information on tuition and fees across all programs and locations, as well as indirect costs of attendance, visit the complete tuition and fees page.
Why Study Political Science at Vermont State?
Flexibility: Our program will give you excellent preparation to pursue political science major jobs as a campaign manager, teacher, nonprofit leader, diplomat, elected official, legislative researcher, business manager and other positions.
Teacher Track: As a student in Vermont State’s Political Science B.A. program, you can pursue endorsement for secondary education teacher licensure.
A Law Career: Through our 3+2 program with Vermont Law and Graduate School, you can earn a J.D. degree in five years after you start undergraduate work — and save a year of tuition. We also have a Pre-Law minor to prepare students for other potential Law School destinations.
Research Skills: Research is vital in many political science careers. At Vermont State, you’ll complete your own original research in a senior thesis or capstone project. Senior theses are published annually in a book, hence students will have a publication before leaving VTSU.
What You’ll Learn
In our program, real-world experience is big, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain the relevant experience that will help you stand out to employers:
Real Data: In our Social and Opinion Research Lab (SORL), you can be hands-on in planning, conducting, and reporting on a real social science issue for one of our client organizations.
Internships: You can find opportunities to apply your skills in a practical setting. Our students have worked at the Vermont State House, the Vermont Democratic and Republican Party headquarters, the Vermont State Employees Association, and the Vermont Department of Labor.
You’ll have many ways to develop analytical and problem-solving skills and create a professional network to start your career. Internships, semesters abroad, and field trips as part of courses are among the options. By immersing yourself in the wider community, you’ll become confident in your ability to make an impact after you graduate.
The Model UN Club participates in the Harvard National Model UN conference every February.
The Institute of Canadian Studies at Vermont State University, offers academic and professional opportunities in our neighboring country.
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