Democracy Curriculum: Opportunities and Resources

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Please join our list to stay updated about the Minor in Democracy Studies, including requirements, events, and activities.

Join the Student Advisory Board

The Chicago Center on Democracy is interested in engaging with the undergrad community through a Student Advisory Board. This is an effort to build a community among undergrads, and to provide a space to discuss relevant democracy-related issues.

Careers in Democracy

Career Advancement and the Democracy Curriculum are proud to offer UChicago Democracy Careers, Get involved to explore exciting careers in a range of fields, from journalism to public service, focused on democratic institutions.

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Participate in events

Please take a look at our events page, and participate in any and all of them!

Read more about Democracy Studies in the College Catalog

You can find more information about the Minor in Democracy Studies in the College Catalog.

Research Opportunities

The Democracy Curriculum funds undergraduate research assistants to work with faculty on research projects that relate to some aspect of democracy. Interested faculty should contact Kevin Kromash in order to apply. Students who are interested in serving as an RA should find a faculty member with whom they would work, before reaching out to us.

Featured opportunity: Democratic Erosion Summer Internship

In the summer of 2019, the Chicago Center on Democracy, with support from the Social Sciences Collegiate Division, organized a collaborative internship between UChicago and Brown University. Three UChicago undergraduates and two Brown students worked together on a database of global incidents of democratic erosion, among other projects. During the summers of 2022, we expanded this internship program to include from universities including UChicago, Brown, Dartmouth, Houston, and Texas A&M. A profile on the 2019 internship is here. We are planning to further expand this internship during the summer of 2023.

Working as a research assistant at the Chicago Center on Democracy the Summer after my Second Year was an incredibly enriching and engaging experience. Coming into the Center after taking Democratic Erosion with Professor Stokes, I was able to further follow an incredibly interesting and emerging field in Political Science. Through my work, I was able to gain not only an understanding of the state of democracy around the world, but also encouraged to immerse myself in studying specific obstacles or threats to democracy, like corruption or media restrictions. I was allowed the freedom to hone and improve my research skills, while also given enough guidance and support that the work always felt intentional and beneficial. Overall, my experience with the Center was an experience which certainly opened my career plans after college to a focus on pro-democracy and anti-corruption work.” —Carter Squires, UChicago undergraduate student and 2019 intern

 

Our mission: to promote teaching, research, and extracurricular activities related to democracy at the undergraduate level at the University of Chicago.