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.

    Requirements for the Minor in Capitalism Studies

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

    Number of Courses Required Courses Credits
    1 LANT 3017 Introduction to Capitalism Studies 4
    1 ULEC 2230 Introduction to Political Economy
    3 Electives, chosen in consultation with the director of the program 9-12
    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 counted toward the elective requirement for the minor in recent terms. Course offerings may change and the semesters in which they are offered may vary. Check back here or visit the Lang Course Finder in early November for Spring 2018 courses that count towards the elective requirement. 

    FALL 2017 Courses:

    • LCST 3225 Don't Blame the Robots: Technology and Inequality in the 21st Century (Trebor Scholz)
    • LECO 2501 Alternative Approaches to Development (Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven)
    • LECO 3101 History of Economic Thought (Ciara Mattei)
    • LECO 3650 Behavioral Economics (Julia Puaschunder)
    • LECO 3761 Theories of Growth and Distribution (Joana David Avritzer)
    • LHIS 2047 African Slavery and Atlantis World (Frank Cirillo)
    • LHIS 3038 Introduction to Capitalism Studies (Julia Ott, Deva Woodly)
    • LHIS 3090 The Politics of Xenophobia: From Fascism to Populism (Federico Finchelstein)
    • LLSJ 3028 RFW: Journalism  (Philip Dray)
    • LLSJ 2175 Finding the Stories in Visual Data Sets (TBA)
    • LLSJ 2125 Facts/Alternative Facts (TBA)
    • LMTH 2103 Data, Design, and Social Justice (Jennifer Wilson)
    • LPOL 2003 New Economics/New Resistances (Nicholas Fiori)
    • LPOL 2002 Law and Sexuality (Mayra Cotta Cardozo De Souza)
    • LSOC 2055 Gender, Social Inequality, and Cultural Work (Tania Aparicio Morales)
    • LSOC 3052 The Political Nature of the Market (Douglas De Toledo Piza)
    • UENV 4000 Environmental Justice: Race, Class, and the Environment (TBA) 
    • UENV 4703 Social Justice in Sustainable Food Systems (Kristin Reynolds)
    • UGLB 2111 A Global Economies (Laura Liu)
    • UGLB 2111 B Global Economies (Amanda Zadorian)
    • UGLB 3416 China: Between Socialism and Global Capitalism (Lei Ping)
    • UGLB 3717 CRS: Inequality in India and China: Social Lives of Economic Change (Jonathan Bach)
    • UGLB 2350 Race and Gender in the Global City (Laura Liu)
    • UURB 3301 City in Motion: Radical Interventions in Transportation and Infrastructure (TBA)
    • UURB 3315 Politics of Trash: Race, Place, and the Urban Environment (TBA)
    • UURB 4521 Political Economy of the City (TBA)