About Capitalism Studies

The Capitalism Studies program provides 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.

Starting in 2022, it will be possible to major in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Capitalism Studies. For more information, please see this page on the website of the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, with information about the new major.

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

The current director of the program, starting fall 2022, is UNC Charlotte history professor Jurgen Buchenau.  To reach Dr. Buchenau, with any questions about the program or the minor, or if you'd like to declare the minor, please email him, at JBuchenau@uncc.edu.