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Politics and History
Are you interested in politics? The continued struggle of women, African Americans and the gay community to gain equal rights in the U.S.? The historical and contemporary position of the United States in the world? Europe since the end of the Cold War? Or simply love a good debate? Then you should consider a politics and history (P&H) major.
P&H students aspire to take the leadership values they learn at Curry out into the job market and use it for the betterment of the world. Many P&H students serve as are editors of the campus newspaper, The Currier Times, Politics and History Club officers and elected Student Government officials.
Careers and Internship Opportunities
With Boston in our backyard, P&H students have the opportunity to gain real world experience at the highest level of state government. Our students have completed high profile internships at the offices of the Governor of Massachusetts and U.S. Senators, John Kerry and the late Edward Kennedy, among others.
With a degree in politics and history from Curry, you are well prepared for a career in a wide variety of fields, including: law, politics, education, journalism, business and much more. Curry P&H graduates have gone on to run for mayor (and win!), join the Peace Corps, work as an advocate at a women's shelter, become a teacher, continue on to law school, and much more.
Politics and History as a MAJOR
As a politics and history major, you will study the history of the United States and a variety of other countries, highlighting political, economic, legal, cultural and social dimensions. Your classes will examine the ideas that motivate political behavior and the institutions that shape it. These include the impact of ethical concerns, how culture shapes politics, the emergence and role of legal structures, means by which governments reward or penalize individuals and groups, and how people organize to influence decision-making in society.
Politics and History as a MINOR
A politics and history minor can be an ideal supplement to many other majors, including management, communication and criminal justice. Students from any discipline could benefit from a minor in P&H.
A Passionate, Experienced Faculty
In the classroom, students will work closely with professors who are passionate about teaching and research. Our faculty possesses expertise on a wide range of topics, complementing one another, which allows our students to explore a range of scholarly approaches.
Meaningful Academic Activities
As a politics and history student at Curry College, you will not only learn inside the classroom but outside as well. Become a member of the politics and history club, see a campus-hosted public debate featuring your favorite professor, or attend viewing of a documentary film and discussion, hosted by its director.
Get Started Today!
Visit campus and explore Curry's politics and history program in person. You may also request information to learn more about the major or minor of your choice. When you're ready to apply to Curry, we'll help you get started.
Contact the Politics and History Department:
Faculty Building, Room 108
Ron Bersani's granddaughter, Melanie Powell, was killed by a drunk driver in 2003. In the aftermath of this tragedy, his family's determination to spark a change led to a new state law, Melanie's Law, which greatly increased the penalties for drunk driving. Bersani recently told his family's story to Curry students.
Politics and History major Nick Butts (Class of 2014) writes in the Currier Times about his experience meeting former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate, Michael Dukakis. Governor Dukakis spoke to students in Professor Kathleen O'Donnell's 'State and Local Politics' class this fall.
The Pre-Law Club is for students who are interested in law school. They can gather to discuss LSAT preparation, law school applications, and law school expectations.