• 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 website.

    • LANT 2100 Postcolonial Africa (Janet Roitman)
    • LECO 3101 History of Economic Thought (Paulo dos Santos)
    • LECO 4510 Historical Foundations of Political Economy (Paulo dos Santos)
    • LECO 3245 Economics and Politics of Global Warming (Willi Semmler)
    • LECO 2125 Technology, Inequality, and Economic Growth (Rishabh Kumar)
    • UENV 4520 Urban Food Systems (Kristin Reynolds)
    • UGLB 2111 Global Economies (Gustav Peebles)
    • LSOC 2152 Politics of Consumption (Virag Molnar)
    • UURB 2629 The Suburbs: Divided We Sprawl (Rachel Heiman)
    • UGLB 4514 Food, Global Trade, and Development (Fabio Parasecoli)
    • LHIS 4537 Zone Infrastructure: Histories of Finance, Globalization and Territory (Orit Halpern)
    • LPOL 3301 Transformations: The Rise of India and China (Sanjay Ruparelia)
    • LNGC 1445 Sugar and Cotton: The Making of Global Capitalism (Benoit Challand)
    • LHIS 2200 Global Environmental History (Aaron Jakes)