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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).


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

For declaring a major/thesis, finding an academic advisor, transfer credit, and course information, please contact:

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

For student employment, clubs, website management, field trips, and visitors, please contact:

Griffin Cunningham
Academic Administrative Assistant
(719) 389-6444
Palmer Hall, Office 114-I
Mailing: 14 E. Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903