Carrie Gates | August 5, 2020
The College of Arts and Letters is launching a new minor in economic and business history that will allow undergraduates from across the University to explore the intersections of history, economics, finance, labor, and capitalism.
Housed in the Department of History, the minor offers students the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the political, historical, and economic complexities at play in the age of globalization, said Elisabeth Köll, chair of the department.
“If you look at our world in 2020, what our students — and we all — need to better understand is the larger context of the political economy of the United States and other countries and how that intersects with our lives,” said Köll, the William Payden Collegiate Chair and professor of history. “This minor offers a great way to explore these very complex issues through a historical approach to studying the institutional and intellectual evolution of economies, economic thought, and business in society.”
Students in the minor may choose four electives from among a wide range of topics including the history of trade and commerce, financial markets, gender in the workplace, history of capitalism, and labor history. The minor culminates with a new capstone course, Economy and Business in History, which Köll will teach in spring 2021.
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