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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
"I try to bring as much of the world as I can into the classroom, but there is no substitute for actually being there," says Politics & History Professor, Dr. Grant Burrier. Dr. Burrier, whose expertise is Central and South American culture, oversees the Cuban Politics and Culture Study Tour, which allows students to experience Cuba up close.
Join Curry's own Dr. Grant Burrier for a 2-week trip to Cuba over winter break 2017. The trip, entitled 'Cuban Politics and Culture', is a 3 credit elective course which will include travel to La Habana, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Viñales. Students will study Cuban history and explore a variety of subjects like the political and economic system of the island, healthcare and education, agriculture and the environment, U.S. and Cuban Relations, poetry, and music.
Dr. William Nancarrow (Politics & History) recently received a fellowship from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. Dr. Nancarrow will travel to the San Francisco Maritime National History Park and Archive in June 2016 to collect material and artifacts in support of his Integrated Liberal Studies course for future teachers: Global Cultural Exchange through Voyages in the Age of Sail.
"Curry was my first-choice college...I liked the small size and the feeling of community when I visited campus. By joining clubs and organizations, I learned how the process works and that you could start your own club, implement your ideas and create change. Now, I'm better able to take initiative and not be just a follower. Within Curry's supportive environment, I felt comfortable enough to take a risk and step into leadership positions." Read more...
A member of the class of 2017 and a double major in criminal justice and politics and history, Jared Berman is an extremely passionate and motivated individual, who as a high school student ran for school committee in his hometown of Weymouth, Massachusetts. He narrowly lost the election, but was not swayed in his passion for involvement.
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.