Encouraging in-depth study of social texts.
Encouraging in-depth study of social texts.

» Humanomics

humanomicsHumanomics encourages in-depth study of social texts regarding the exponential economic growth of the last two-hundred years, asking students to consider how knowledge, ethics and aesthetics shape and reshape the basic principals of exchange and the human condition. 

The Humanomics Minor is broadly organized by three questions: 

  • What makes a rich nation rich? 
  • What makes a good person good? 
  • What do these questions have to do with one another?

American FlagThe Socratic Dialogue in the required core courses provides students with an opportunity to personalize their inquiry of these three question by analyzing and synthesizing texts from the concurrent reading of three disciplines and by producing original interdisciplinary texts. Electives enable students to study a variety of supporting topics to gain expertise in the synthesis of economics and humanities. 



What careers does Humanomics equip you for?

  • Investment Firm Associate
  • Commercial Real Estate Investment Manager
  • Political Campaign Manager
  • Business Manager
Katerina Ioannides, '16 BA Political Science, BA Peace Studies; Humanomics Minor
Current Employment: District Representative, California State Assembly
"Humanomics pushed me to think critically, question everything, and find connections between different academic disciplines. As a Political Science & Peace Studies major that now works in Democratic politics, I am grateful to have gone through a program that gave me a basic understanding of economics."
Josey Dunbar, '21 Political Science major; Humanomics minor
“Humanomics is the way all learning should be, the exchange of ideas and an appreciation of how diverse groups of people interpret the same texts. Being in this program has shaped the way I think, debate and listen. I took a Humanomics class my first semester at Chapman and can honestly say it has shaped the future of my academic career.”
Alison Lee, '20 BS Business Administration, Humanomics and English minors
"While I continue to question, right now I understand that morality and commerce are inseparable. I will carry this with me as I prepare to leave college and enter my career. I cannot express how much I value and respect the people I’ve met through this program and the framework that Humanomics has given me."
Zachary Dutra, '15 BS Business Administration, Humanomics minor
Current employment: Harvey & Company, Associate
"Humanomics forced me to think about the morality of economic decisions from multiple perspectives. Years after graduation I still think about the questions raised in my Humanomics courses."
Max Schartz, '22 Philosophy major; Humanomics minor
"I went into my first Humanomics course expecting it to be another humanities class, but it was much more. In Humanomics, there are no professors and students, but scholars working together to better understand our human existence. Without the courses I have taken, I would not be person I am today."

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Program Director

Bart WilsonBart J. Wilson is the Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Economics and Law at Chapman University. He is a founding member of the Economic Science Institute and founding member and Director of the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy. His research uses experimental economics to explore the foundations of exchange and specialization and the origins of property. Another of his research programs compares decision making in humans, apes, and monkeys.

Humanomics Program Information


HUM/FTV 317: Unsung Stories and New Expressions: Black Lives

Tuesday, 4-6:50 p.m. with Dr. Charissa Threat and
Dr. Leah Aldridge

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