Capitalism Studies


In the Capitalism Studies minor, students and faculty collaboratively develop interdisciplinary analytical approaches to an evolving socioeconomic phenomenon shaped by time and place. You examine capitalism’s basic logic, its various expressions, and its ability to structure political possibilities and endeavors. You acquire a basic understanding of economic concepts and reflect critically on international economic phenomena ranging from the industrialization and urbanization of China and India to the financialization of the United States and the Eurozone. You develop your ability to communicate your insights to a range of audiences.


This minor is available to all New School undergraduate students except those majoring in Liberal Arts (BA, Liberal Arts or BS, Liberal Arts). Students pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts can design their major to focus on Capitalism Studies. To explore this option, contact an academic advisor or read more about the Liberal Arts major at Lang.


The Capitalism Studies minor requires you to complete the following five courses:

  • LANT 3017 Introduction to Capitalism Studies (4 credits)
  • ULEC 2230 Introduction to Political Economy (4 credits)
  • 3 electives, chosen in consultation with the director of the program (9-12 credits)

Total 17-20 credits


The curriculum for this minor draws on undergraduate courses offered in the social sciences and humanities. Below are some classes that count toward the elective requirement for the minor. Courses offerings may change and the semesters in which they are offered may vary. For updated course listings with descriptions, visit the Lang website.

  • LURB 3892 Capital Cities
  • LCST 4456 Western Marxism and After
  • LECO 2002 Political Economy of Growth and Distribution
  • LECO 3006 Finance, Property and the Corporate Form
  • LECO 3101 History of Economic Thought
  • LECO 4510 Historical Foundations of Political Economy
  • PGHT 5660 Theorizing Luxury
  • UGLB 2111 Global Economies
  • UGLB 4413 European Crisis and the World Economy
  • LSCI 2700 Energy and Sustainability
  • LSOC 2152 Politics of Consumption
  • PLVS 2006 Bollywood: From Local Industry to Global Brand
  • LPOL 2035 Commodities: The Political Economy of Consumer Culture
  • LANT 2031 Urbanizing Asia
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