About the Minor

Capitalism Studies is an interdisciplinary minor at UNC Charlotte, open to all undergraduate students.  It began during the 2019-20 academic year.  

Capitalism Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the history and present-day workings of the modern global economy.  The purpose of the Minor in Capitalism Studies is to encourage students to gain a broad, well-rounded understanding of business, labor, government, and economics, by considering those subjects from multiple disciplines, across the social sciences and humanities.  By demanding an interdisciplinary perspective, the minor requires students to combine quantitative and qualitative analysis; it encourages not only numeracy and financial literacy, but also historical, institutional, ethical, and cultural perspectives.  It is designed to prepare students to work in a wide range of occupations in business, government, and the non-profit sector, and for the obligations of state, national, and global citizenship, in the 21st century.

Details about the minor's requirements and courses are available here, on the page about the minor in the university catalog.

Here's the syllabus for the first iteration (Spring 2020) of the required introductory course for the minor, CAPI 2100: Introduction to Capitalism Studies.  Please note that future versions of this course will differ from this one, as the course evolves over time, and is revised in order to best leverage the expertise of different instructors.

The minor is supported by generous funding provided by the Dowd Foundation, Inc., a private foundation based in Charlotte, NC.

The current director of the minor is UNC Charlotte history professor Mark Wilson.  To reach Dr. Wilson, email him, at mrwilson@uncc.edu