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Politics and History Curriculum
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.Prerequisites (These should be completed by the end of the sophomore year)
One course from each of the following:
|1. MGT 1811||Economics: Macro|
|P&H 1001||Current Economic Problems||3|
|2. P&H 1060||Introduction to Politics||3|
|3. P&H 1010||U.S. History I|
|P&H 1020||U.S. History II||3|
|4. P&H 1030||European History I|
|P&H 1040||European History II||3|
Requirements for the Politics and History Major:
|a. International: 9 credits from this area, including:|
|P&H 2060||Contemporary European History (required)||3|
|Any two of the following courses, all at the 2000- or 3000-level:||6|
|P&H 2010||Europe: The Age of Revolutions|
|P&H 2100||Russian History and Contemporary Politics|
|P&H 2130||German History and Contemporary Politics|
|P&H 2140||French History and Contemporary Politics|
|P&H 2250||International Relations|
|P&H 2270||Environment and Social Movements|
|P&H 2440||Gender Inequality: Women, Power and Politics|
|P&H 2700||Latin American Politics: Brazil and Mexico|
|b. United States: 15 credits from this area, including:|
|P&H 2320||Contemporary U.S. History (required)||3|
|Any four of the following courses, all at the 2000- or 3000-level:||12|
|P&H 2292||Social History of Women|
|P&H 2300||The Making of Modern U.S.: 1890-1945|
|P&H 2310||American Constitutional Law|
|P&H 2330||African-American History|
|P&H 2350||The U.S. Presidency|
|P&H 2360||The U.S. Congress|
|P&H 2370||U.S. Political Parties|
|P&H 2380||U.S. Immigration History|
|P&H 2390||U.S. Constitutional Issues|
|P&H 2400||The Politics of Deception|
|P&H 2420||Gay Politics in the United States|
|P&H 2450||Introduction to African-American Studies|
|P&H 2492||African-American Cinema|
|P&H 2500||State & Local Politics|
|P&H 2520||U.S. Culture|
|P&H 2600||History of U.S. Foreign Relations|
|2. Capstone course: one of the following:*||3|
|P&H 3380||Public Policy in the United States|
|P&H 3590||Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy|
|P&H 3600||Europe since the end of the Cold War|
Requirements in related areas:
|Twelve credits from among the following:||12|
|COM 3100||Argumentation and Debate|
|ENG 2010||Major British Writers I|
|ENG 2020||Major British Writers II|
|ENG 2110||American Literature I|
|ENG 2120||American Literature II|
|ENG 2820||Modern Poetry|
|ENG 2830||Film and Novel|
|ENG 2840||Film and Drama|
|ENG 3620||Victorian Literature|
|MUS 2000||Classical Music|
|PHIL/REL 2080||Religion and Politics|
|PHIL 2120||Modern Philosophy|
|PHIL 3000||Social and Political Philosophy|
|REL 2030||Eastern Religion and Philosophy|
|REL 2040||Western Religion|
|REL 2160||Contemporary Theological Issues|
|SOC/CJ 2160||Urban Life: Culture and Change|
|VA 2920||History of Visual Art:
Renaissance to Contemporary
|VA 2930||Contemporary Art|
In addition to the courses listed above, other courses at the 2000- and/or 3000-level may be taken as related courses, provided that written approval from a full-time P&H faculty member has been obtained beforehand.
*If a student takes a capstone course prior to their senior year, course will count as a 3000-level course but not as the student's capstone. All P&H majors, however, are required to take the course that will count as their capstone course during their senior year.
Note: In order to qualify for graduation, the major must be completed with a C average.
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.
"My passion is helping others," said Natalie Petit, who graduated from Curry College in 2012 with a double major in Criminal Justice and Politics and History, and recently received double Master's degrees as well. "I've always liked law enforcement, politics and community organizing, and I enjoy helping people improve, especially juveniles who've been in trouble with the law and are on probation, or students willing to excel."