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North Shore Community College

History, Government, & Economics Department

Larry Davis
Department Chair


History Mission Statement
The History Department approaches history from a variety of perspectives both in terms of content and methodology, viewing history as both a body of knowledge (a necessary frame of reference) and a process (a way of knowing and thinking). Our courses provide a general background to the history of humanity throughout the global community by exploring significant questions and vital themes. In a rapidly changing world, a knowledge of history enables one to think critically about the relationship between the past, the present, and the future.

Government Mission Statement
The focus of the Government Department at North Shore Community College is on American political institutions, processes, and the history of political ideas and policies. Courses explore local, state, and national government in America using a variety of methods, including comparative politics, political economy, and political culture. The primary emphases in our courses are on the nature of political power, federalism, the Constitution, and the effects of law on individuals, institutions, and states. These subjects provide students with a better understanding of how government affects them in life, and how they can better affect political change. Current political issues, and Massachusetts government are also included in our courses. Students interested in law, law enforcement, government service, public policy, and social science research will find our courses relevant to these career paths.

Economics Mission Statement
The Economics Department is designed for students preparing to transfer to four year colleges or for careers in business and finance industries, for instance, banker, economic and marketing analyst, financial advisor, market strategist. Students receive practical in-depth training in micro and macroeconomic problem-solving using several instructional methods. These include the equilibrium method and case studies to understand economic issues like GDP, unemployment, inflation, interest rates, economic growth. Students are expected to understand price setting, investment, market structures, and government policies. Our department is grounded in the liberal arts tradition and includes the application of business and economic knowledge through the integration of the classroom and the community settings. Graduates have careers in banking, retailing, management, stocks and bonds trading, international financing/trading and self-employment.


Questions or comments to ldavis@northshore.edu.

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