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.


    Undergraduate students from any school of the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select a minor from Lang’s offerings. Similarly, Lang students who are not pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts can select a minor from those offered in other schools, provided they meet the prerequisites and related requirements. Those majoring in Liberal Arts (BA or BS, Liberal Arts) can explore Capitalism Studies as a guided area of study.


    The minor in Capitalism Studies requires completion of the following five courses:

    Number of Courses

    Required Courses



    LANT 3017 Introduction to Capitalism Studies



    ULEC 2230 Introduction to Political Economy 



    Electives, chosen in consultation with the director of the program


    Total courses: 5 

    Total credits: 17-20

    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.

    • LCST 4022  Internet: Playground and Factory (Trebor Scholz)
    • LECO 3101  History of Economic Thought (Clara Mattei)
    • LECO 4510  Historical Foundations of Political Economy (Paulo Dos Santos)
    • UGLB 3416  China: Between Socialism and Global Capitalism (Lei Ping)
    • UGLB 3735  CRS: Love, Inc. - Philanthropy, Capitalism, and Humanitarianism (Sara Shroff)
    • UGLB 2111  Global Economies (Amanda Zadorian)
    • LHIS 2037  America in Crisis (Elaine Abelson)
    • LHIS 2043  Gendering American Capitalism (Alisa Wade)
    • LHIS 2044  Introduction to Global Slaveries (Amanda Bellows)
    • LHIS 4543  Colonial Objects (Rebekka Habermas)
    • LNGC 1503 Understanding the Economy (Sanjay Reddy)
    • LPHI 2011  Marx (Paul Kottman)
    • LPOL 3067  Made in ?: The Spatial Politics of Work and Identity (Victoria Hattam and Laura Liu)
    • ULEC 2850  Our Lives on the Internet (Claire Potter)
    • UURB 4521 Political Economy of the City (Jeffrey Smith)