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Wealth and Inequality

Wealth and Inequality

This option considers global distribution of people, goods, and money, both in the contemporary world and in deep historical time, examining feudalism, trade, imperialism, nationalism, and the socioeconomic impacts of globalization. Some of the themes on which it focuses include: motivations for and experiences of such human movement as migration, exploration, travel, slavery, diaspora, asylum, and exile; demographic change; poverty, wealth, and economic inequality; and political, social, and cultural incentives for and restrictions on circulation (censorship, translation, free trade, prize culture, protectionism, access, privilege, bias).

Courses for Fall 2022

Course Number
Course Title
AFR 192
Modern African History
AFR 209
Poverty in Africa
ANTH 435
Ancient Economy
ECON 471
Growth and Development
PHIL 408W
Seminar in Social and Political Philosophy
SOC 445
US Immigration

Other Wealth and Inequality Courses

Course Number
Course Title
ANTH 100
Anthropology of Race and Racism
AFR 209
Poverty in Africa
AFR/PLSC/IB 440
Globalization and Its Implications
ANTH 408
Anthropological Demography
ANTH 435
Ancient Economy
ASIA/GLIS/PLSC 478
China and the World
ASIA/HIST 182
Asian Trade: Economy, Industrialization and Capitalism in Asia
CMLIT 435
Cultures of Globalization
CMLIT 446
Postcolonial Literature and Culture
ECON 104
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
ECON 304
Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
ECON 333
International Economics
ECON 433
Advanced International Trade Theory and Policy
ECON 434
International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics
ECON 437
Multinationals and the Globalization of Production
ECON 471
Growth and Development
ECON 475
Migration and Development
ENGL 165N
Work and Literature
ENGL 236N
Inequality: Economics, Philosophy, Literature
ENGL 460
Business and Literature
HIST 154
History of Welfare and Poverty in the United States
HIST 470
Slavery in the Americas
LER 400
Comparative Employment Relations
LER 403
International Human Resource Studies
LER 475H
Labor in the Global Economy
LGWR 520
Global Workers' Rights (This is a Masters level course--undergraduates should email the instructor to request permission to enroll.)
PLSC 022
Politics in Developing Areas
PLSC 412
International Political Economy
PLSC 440
Globalization and Its Implications
PLSC 453
Political Processes in Underdeveloped Systems
PLSC 481
Global Political Economy
PLSC 498
Analytical Political Economy
SOC 209
Poverty in Africa
SOC 23
Population and Policy Issues
SOC 422
World Population Diversity
SOC 424
Social Change
SOC 429
Social Demography
SOC 445
US Immigration
SOC 452
Spatial Inequality
SOC 454
The City in Postindustrial Society
SOC 497D
Solving Wicked Social Problem
WMNST 102
Women of the African Diaspora
WMNST 420W
Gender and International Development

Courses Outside the Liberal Arts

Course Number
Course Title
CED 230
Development Issues in the Global Context
CED 425
International Community and Economic Development
EDTHP 435
Child Labor and Education in the Global Economy
GEOG 123
Geography of Developing World
GEOG 424W
Geography of the Global Economy
GEOG 497C
Cryosphere & Climate Systems
IB 470
International Development in an African Context
LGWR 510
International Labor Law
LGWR 520
Global Workers' Rights

400 Level Courses With No Prerequisites

Course Number
Course Title
CMLIT 435
Cultures of Globalization
EDTHP 435
Child Labor and Education in the Global Economy
SOC 497D
Solving Wicked Social Problem
WMNST 420W
Gender and International Development

Majors should select 21 credits in the Option courses.

  • 15 credits of these 21 will be in a single Option concentration (no more than 6 credits towards the Option completion are to be from courses in a single department).
  • 6 credits of these 21 are from other Options.
  • At least 12 credits must be taken at the 400 level or higher.