Economic History

Economic History Concentration

Fall 2019 Economic History Courses

The concentration in Economic History consists of six Economic History courses plus ECON 1 and 2.


Economic History concentrators must take at least one 200-level seminar that has economic history content. Recently offered seminars include: Capitalism and Humanitarianism; Thinking about Capitalism; Taking Off: How Some Economies Get Rich; and The History of Economic Thought to Adam Smith.


Students must take four courses from the following list:

  • HIST 107 Comparative Capitalist Systems
  • HIST 119 History of the Modern Business Corporation
  • HIST 121 Silver and Gold in the Americas from Pre-History to Present
  • HIST 123 Economic History of Europe I
  • HIST 124 Economic History, 1600 to present
  • HIST 130 History of Globalization
  • HIST 131 Financial Meltdown: Past and Present
  • HIST 153 The Transformation of Urban America
  • HIST 161 American Capitalism
  • HIST 174 Capitalism, Socialism and Crisis in the 20th Century Americas
  • HIST 175 History of Brazil: Slavery, Inequality, Development
  • HIST 372 History of Foreign Aid in Africa
  • HIST 447 Histories of the Information Economy


Students may complete their elective requirement with a second economic history seminar, an additional course from the above list, or with a major-related course.

Major-related Courses

Courses in Economics (ECON), Political Science (PSCI), and Sociology (SOCI), for example, which have core historical content and mesh with courses in the Economic History cluster will be approved. Examples include:

  • ECON 36 Law and Economics; 232 Political Economy; 271 Foundations of Market Economies
  • MGMT 225 American Business History
  • PSCI 139 Politics of Poverty and Development; 186 Money and Markets; 214 Political Economy of East Asia; 152 International Political Economy; 414 Comparative Politics of the Welfare State;
  • SOCI 10 Social Stratification; 110 The Rich and the Poor
  • LGST 243 Other People's Money: the Law, Politics, and History of Finance

All major-related courses must be approved by your faculty advisor.


History majors with an Economic History Concentration are required to take ECON 001 and 002, both of which count toward the 12 CU’s required for the major.  Students are encouraged to complete ECON 001 and 002 by the end of their sophomore years. 

Special Note: Economic History Majors may use no more than 2 additional outside courses to complete the major, including study abroad and major related courses.


The list of economic history courses will change as courses are added or dropped. New HIST 200-level seminars are constantly created. Economic History concentrators should consult with the faculty advisor of the program as adjustments occur and approval is needed. Study abroad courses in Economic History must have prior approval of the faculty advisor for possible inclusion in the cluster.

Faculty Advisors