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The Politics and History Major
The aspiration of the Politics and History Department faculty is that while enrolled in the Politics and History Major at Curry College, students will master sets of skills and bodies of knowledge that will serve them throughout their lives. We seek to prepare our majors so that both in the classroom and beyond, both while at Curry College and after they graduate, they will be inspired to:
- demonstrate an openness and a curiosity to the widest spectrum of political, creative, and communicative behavior;
- exercise a critical appreciation of the information and the types of information they encounter;
- demonstrate a sense of civic responsibility, including the ability to inform themselves and actively engage in civic affairs based on this information.
While the Politics and History Department faculty aspire to influence student learning and citizenship after students graduate from Curry, our opportunity to shape student learning behavior is limited to the years that they are at Curry College. While a Politics and History Major at the college, students need to master and to demonstrate, both orally and in writing, the following liberal arts abilities:
- to present information and ideas with clarity;
- to develop a thesis;
- to analyze information and ideas and arguments, which requires an understanding of context;
- to explain information and ideas in depth;
- to demonstrate awareness that all information and views must be understood in a cultural context;
- to bring to bear in one course the skills and knowledge learned in another course;
- to use the above intellectual abilities in order to engage the ideas and views presented by fellow students and professors.
These liberal arts skills and abilities provide the necessary intellectual foundation for students to be able to think politically and historically. Furthermore, therefore, while a Politics and History Major at the college, students need to master and to demonstrate, both orally and in writing their ability:
- to analyze historical and political issues in global context;
- to access, cite and analyze for quality a variety of scholarly and other resources such as primary and secondary documents, literature, audio, visual and web sources;
- to reason and think critically, including:
a. to consider diverse interpretations of historical and political events and issues;
b. to analyze and explain different values and opinions;
c. to work with those who hold different viewpoints or perspectives.