Beginning July 2023, Northern Vermont University will be part of Vermont State University.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Direction is More Than Where You Go. It’s What You Do.

These programs offer many directions to pursue, all emphasizing real-world experience. You’ll have opportunities to study across disciplines, interact with a wide range of people in the U.S. and abroad — and learn how to make your impact by making a difference.

Our programs build on a liberal arts foundation with a professional focus. The humanities and social sciences majors will prepare you to communicate effectively, collaborate, and problem-solve. With the skills and hands-on experience you will gain, you’ll be ready for success in diverse fields, from education, government, and business to law, cybersecurity, and health care.


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Northern Vermont University will join with Castleton University and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University on July 1, 2023. Learn more and apply for fall 2023.

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North isn’t Just a Sense of Place. It’s a Sense of Purpose.

Are you interested in influencing others and improving people’s lives by teaching, making public policy decisions, or advocating for others through social work? Or do you want to make your mark in the field of law or with research — or go to graduate school? These programs are connected to high-growth job sectors with multiple career options in a fast-paced, interconnected world.

Internships at the Vermont Statehouse and working for NVU literary publications are some of the ways our students gain practical experience. Some programs offer a choice of minors and concentrations to broaden your skills and knowledge.

These are among the possibilities:

  • Students in the history, political science, English, and creative writing majors have the option of working toward teacher licensure
  • Global studies and political science students can follow a track in criminal justice, pre-law, history, or anthropology and sociology, depending on the program
  • The anthropology and sociology program offers an optional criminal justice concentration
  • Criminal justice students gain an edge with a rare opportunity to study GIS crime mapping used by police departments and federal agencies

If you want to combine academic disciplines and create a unique focus to fit your career goals, you can choose the liberal studies or interdisciplinary studies major.