Explore Department Majors

What's New in Economics and Business? We have exciting changes in the department to announce!

The Four Majors available in Economics and Business: 

*Dept. Majors who declared the Economics Major prior to this academic year (prior to 2021-22) may continue to fulfill the requirements of the old, 2015 Economics Major (which is non-declarable beginning 2021-22 academic year) or they may change to *either* the revised 2021 Economics Major *or* the new Business, Economics, and Society (BESoc) Major. 


To get started with the 2021 Economics and the Business, Economics, and Society Majors, students will need to take Principles of Economics either as a 2-block course (EC100) or as two separate blocks (EC101 and EC102). Those same gateway courses will also serve the International Political Economy and the Mathematical Economics Majors after the end of this academic year. Students who have taken EC201 (required under the old 2015 Economics Major) do not need to take Principles of Economics.

For the majors - 2021 Economics *and* Business, Economics, and Society - students will need Principles of Financial Accounting (BU205). For all four departmental majors students will still need calculus (MA125 or MA126).

Please note: The old, 2015 Major in Economics (which is not declarable beginning the 2021-22 academic year) organizes electives in theme-based tracks and requires students in this Major to develop expertise in at least two of them.**

The tracks are:

  • Business: EC 211-230, 311-330 and 411-429
  • Microeconomics: EC 241-260, 341-360, 441-459
  • Macroeconomics/International: EC 271-290, 371-390, 471-489

Some courses may count toward more than one theme, as noted in individual course descriptions (e.g. 245, 347, 351, 405, 406, 407). Be sure to ask your advisor for additional clarification.

**The 2021 Economics Major does not use theme-based tracks.

New and Revised Majors

Unifying Principles and Vision - Adding the new Business, Economics, and Society (BESoc) Major and Revising the Economics Major

The Economics and Business Department serves the needs of students, supports their efforts to live lives that carry significance beyond themselves, and upholds societal values of respect and equality.

Both disciplines - Economics *and* Business:

  • Study human economic behavior: its nature, its sources, and its consequences;
  • Stress the rigorous use of quantitative and qualitative data and methods to test theories and to understand material life.

We see the combination of Business and Economics as contributing to the college's commitment to the liberal arts. Pairing the two disciplines promotes liberal learning in three ways:

  • Prepares students to act as effective citizens by promoting knowledge of the economic structures and processes central to democratic society in a global age;
  • Fosters interdisciplinary thinking by introducing different approaches to the understanding of economic phenomena;
  • Reinforces analytical, critical, and creative thinking by addressing complex questions about economic and human behaviors and their outcomes and by resisting easy answers.

The Curriculum and the Vision working together.

The course of study the department offers reflects the principles central to our vision. To that end, we created:

  1. A different introductory economics course - opening access to the Economics and Business Department
  2. A revised Economics major - simplifying and adding an interdisciplinary dimension to the Economics Major
  3. A new major, Business, Economics, and Society (BESoc) - creating an interdisciplinary major focused on Business and social enterprise
  4. Use of the BU prefix (for Business courses) - clarifying what counts as Economics (EC) and what counts as Business (BU).

The gateway courses: Two blocks of Principles of Economics at the 100 level (no prerequisites) replaces EC 201 Economic Theory I (prerequisite Calculus).

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Department of Economics & Business

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Nancy Heinecke

(719) 389-6407

Palmer Hall, Ste 114

Mailing: 14 E. Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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