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The liberal arts foundation taught at Curry was really meaningful to what I do now. I remember that Curry wasn't the prototypical academic environment where you had a large class with lectures translated strictly from a textbook. Instead, there was real world language being communicated in a way that students could understand what the professional landscape was going to be like in three or four years.

Kieran Clarke, '84
Executive Vice President, Meredith Video Solutions
Major: Management

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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
Total Credits:   12

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
Total Credits: 27

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.

Experience Cuba! (January 2017)

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.

Professor Bill Nancarrow Receives Whiting Foundation Fellowship

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.

Meet Krista Selnau '09 - Staff Attorney, Pine Tree Legal Assistance

"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...

Meet Jared Berman '17

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.

Politics and History Club
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The Politics and History Club is open to all Curry students who have a particular interest in politics, history, current events and debate. (Above:  Club members visit with U. S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA))

Pre-law Club
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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.

Student Government Association (SGA)
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The Student Government Association (SGA) is the governing body of the students. SGA tackles campus issues, plans events, and works to make Curry College the best it can be for students.

Politics and History Faculty News
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Congratulations to members of the Curry politics and history faculty for their on-going professional accomplishments!

Useful Websites
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Check out these helpful websites for students pursuing a major in politics and history.

Meet Natalie Petit '12
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"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."


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