Capitalism Studies

  • IMG - Lang 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.


    All Lang students can take designated courses in Capitalism Studies to supplement their major course of study. Those majoring in Liberal Arts (BA or BS, Liberal Arts) can explore Capitalism Studies as a guided area of study; all others may elect to minor in Capitalism Studies.


    Requirements for the Capitalism Studies Minor

    The minor in Capitalism Studies requires completion of 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

    Students must receive a grade of C or better in every course used to fulfill area of study requirements.

    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 course finder.

    • LANT 3017: Introduction to Capitalism Studies (Ott, Roitman)
    • LECO 2150: Globalization and Trade Under Global Capitalism (Eisenbaum)
    • LECO 2250: Rational Fools? (Noe)
    • LECO 3550: Real World Economic Issues and Policies (TBA)
    • LHIS 2071: Dirty Dealings: The Margins of American Capitalism in the 19th Century (O'Malley)
    • LHIS 3005: Age of Extremes (Zaretsky)
    • LHIS 4538: Historicizing Capitalism (Zaretsky)
    • LINA 2040: Art of Information (Coburn)
    • LPHI 2126: Marxism and Feminism (Arruzza)
    • LPOL 3007: Contesting Economic Inequality (Ruparelia)
    • LPOL 3089: Is Capitalism Compatible with Democracy? (Fraser)
    • LSOC 2151: History and Politics of Domestic Labor (Sherman)
    • LSOC 3021: Neoliberalism (Forment)
    • UENV 3501: Economics of the Environment (Depietri)
    • UGLB 2111: Global Economies (Bach)
    • UGLB 3215: Politics and Power in the Global Food System (Wijsman)
    • UGLB 3332: The Middle Classes (Heiman)
    • UGLB 3522: Politics of Aid in Africa (Rahman)
    • UGLB 4420: Gender and Development (Weisgrau)
    • UGLB 4502: Contending Economic Analyses and Economic Development (Wolff)
    • UGLB 4513: Displacement, Asylum, Migration (Naujoks)
    • ULEC 2230: Introduction to Political Economy (dos Santos)
    • ULEC 2850: Work, Love, Learn, Play: Our Lives on the Internet (Potter)
    • ULEC 2950: China Today (Ping)
    • UURB 2016: Consuming Cities (Salmon)