Jul 24, 2024  
2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog 
2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog

Marxist and Socialist Studies Minor

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Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: Students graduating with a minor in a CLAS field must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the minor field that are credited toward completion of the minor.

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:  Don Beith, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Coordinator of Marxist and Socialist Studies, The Maples; phone: 581-3866; email: donald.beith@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 are required to take a minimum of 18 credits.  This should include two or more courses from the Core Courses and the remaining 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 dallen@maine.edu. 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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