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

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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.

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Innovate and Collaborate with a Degree in Political Science from Northern Vermont University

Politics is the art of negotiation. As a political science student at NVU-Johnson, you’ll gain a solid grounding in the theory and practice of how politics, political ideologies, and political leaders have shaped our world, created and enforced power structures, and led to changes in how we perceive our world.

Our program will prepare you to be an informed participant in public affairs and a better professional in any career that deals with the public, including top positions in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Our political science students understand the political landscape and often pursue careers in politics or law. Many graduates have gone on to serve in the Vermont General Assembly and pursue other leadership roles that help shape the future.

A Focus on Real-World Experiences

In addition to traditional classroom study, you’ll have an opportunity to see actual politics at work. Students are exposed to real-world perspectives through talks and classroom visits from Vermont political leaders and by observing the state legislature in action in Montpelier.

Our Model UN club gives students a chance to travel to the Harvard Model UN conference each year to participate in a large simulated United Nations gathering, with students from around the country role-playing as UN delegates. And our location, about an hour from the Canadian border, in addition to our Institute of Canadian Studies on campus, also opens up opportunities north of the border for research, internships, and cultural investigations.

Secondary Licensure

Students who earn a bachelor of arts degree in political science are eligible to pursue endorsement for secondary education teacher licensure. Learn more about licensure requirements here.

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Sara Ford ’20

As a political science major working towards a secondary teacher licensure, Sara Ford ’20 has combined her passions and will be prepared to teach middle school social studies after graduation.

Through the education program, she strengthened the teaching skills she’ll need in a practicum at nearby Lamoille Union High School for her teaching licensure. She also has immersed herself in government through NVU-Johnson’s chapter of the Model United Nations; NVU trips to Montreal, Canada, and the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier; conference presentations; and other activities.

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Students sit and study together at a table.

“I don’t think I could have done half as much anywhere else.”

– Alyssa Slaiman ’16


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