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  Nov 18, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Minor: Marxist and Socialist Studies


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OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: C-

Department Residency Requirement: At least 9 credits must be earned from the University of Maine.

Contact Information:  Professor Douglas Allen, Coordinator of Marxist and Socialist Studies, The Maples; phone: 581-3860; email: douglas.allen@umit.maine.edu


The Marxist and Socialist Studies curriculum encourages students to look at the world from a variety of Marxist and Socialist perspectives. Many departments offer approaches that have their foundation in the work of such economic theorists as Adam Smith and such political philosophers as Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. Such approaches seem to assume that capitalist values are “natural,” “according to human nature,” progressive, just, or simply the only way that rational people would view the world. Marxist and Socialist perspectives challenge such assumptions and judgments and such a world outlook.

All students who elect the Marxist and Socialist Studies curriculum should take PHI 342, Marxist Philosophy I: The Philosophy of Karl Marx, and at least two other courses from the “core courses” and three courses from the “elective courses.” In addition, these courses should be taken from at least three different disciplines.

For complete information about Marxist and Socialist Studies, visit the coordinator at The Maples, phone (207) 581-3860 or contact Prof. Doug Allen at douglas.allen@umit.maine.edu. Several of the courses listed below may or may not count toward this curriculum depending on which professor is teaching the course. Other courses not listed may be acceptable. Interested students should consult with the faculty coordinator for a decision on such matters. 

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