Political Science, B.A.

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.

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David Plazek

Professor; Director of the Institute for Canadian Studies


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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.   

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Sample Courses

  • ​​​​Environmental Ethics and Politics​ 
  • Politics of Gender 
  • Congress and the Presidency 
  • Internship in Political Science 
  • International Relations

Student Stories

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“As a first-generation college student with the intention of going to law school, I wanted to get a bang for my buck.”

Maria Brosseau
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“The program was a great experience that showed me the hard work that goes into politics, and allowed me to meet with many community members.”

Vanessa Robertson
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“My professors know me. That’s something I wanted in a college.”

Sara Ford

Meet Our Faculty

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Professor of Political Science

  • Castleton Campus

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Professor; Director of the Institute for Canadian Studies

  • Johnson Campus

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