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. Course offerings may change and the semesters in which they are offered may vary. For updated course listings with descriptions, visit the Lang website.

    • LANT 2100 Postcolonial Africa
    • LECO 3101 History of Economic Thought
    • LECO 4510 Historical Foundations of Political Economy
    • LECO 3245 Economics and Politics of Global Warming
    • LECO 2125 Technology, Inequality, and Economic Growth
    • UENV 4520 Urban Food Systems
    • UGLB 2111 Global Economies
    • LSOC 2152 Politics of Consumption
    • UURB 2629 The Suburbs: Divided We Sprawl
    • UGLB 4514 Food, Global Trade, and Development
    • LHIS 4537 Zone Infrastructure: Histories of Finance, Globalization, and Territory
    • LPOL 3301 Transformations: India and China
    • LNGC 1445 Sugar and Cotton: The Making of Global Capitalism