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What's New in Economics and Business?

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).

*Students who declared the Economics Major prior to Academic Year 2021-2022 have three options:

  1. Continue to fulfill the requirements of the 2015 version of the Economics Major. 
  2. Change their major to 2021 Economics.
  3. Change their major to Business, Economics, and Society (BESoc).

Ready to Declare Your Major?

We are temporarily pausing major declarations until the beginning of Block 1 in fall 2023. If you have an urgent need to declare your major due to immigration issues, please contact our chair, Christina Rader.


In the fall, please book an appointment with the Economics and Business Paraprofessional; at your appointment, you will be assigned an advisor and assisted in completing the major declaration form. When you book your appointment, please indicate the major you intend to declare in the notes section.

Please complete the tasks below prior to your appointment for the best possible outcome:

  • Determine the exact number of General Education requirements you have completed/still need to complete. Bring this to your meeting.
  • Review your anticipated major’s list of requirements on the Catalog of Courses site.
  • Based on the major requirements, create a list of courses you have taken that will satisfy your anticipated major’s requirements. Bring this to your meeting.

At the meeting, you will complete the registrar’s Major Declaration Form together. You can prefill the form before the meeting, but please do not submit the form until you have had your meeting. Please see our examples of all four possible major declarations for reference.

We look forward to welcoming you into the department!


New Major: Business, Economics, and Society (BESoc)

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. To that end, we have created the new BESoc Major.

Primary Goals of the Major
  • 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.
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Department of Economics & Business

Nancy Heinecke
Academic Administrative Assistant
(719) 389-6407
Palmer Hall, Office 114-G
Mailing: 14 E. Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903