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We engage exceptional students who think critically, analytically and creatively, with intellectual competence and confidence, by leveraging the advantages of the Block Plan and drawing on the art and science of the discipline, at home and abroad, for now and for life.

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Check out our Department Majors landing page for general information about each major, and visit our specific major pages to learn more about each individual major.

The four majors offered by the Economics & Business Department are:

Before you can formally declare a major in the Economics & Business Department, you will need an academic advisor in the Department (or in Mathematics or Political Science if choosing a shared-department major). Contact one of the department academic administrative assistants in Palmer 114, or the department Paraprofessional in Palmer 118 if you need assistance finding an advisor.

Once you have an advisor, begin the declaration process by visiting the Registrar's Office online forms page and completing the Major Declaration form. Then, visit the Department's web page for your desired major, and complete the corresponding Major Requirements form. 

You can ask any faculty to be your advisor, and you can change advisors as well - it happens that you realize another faculty member may be a better fit. Believe us when we say it's fine to request a change. The faculty will support your decision!

To officially change your advisor, complete the change of advisor form with the Registrar's Office. To complete this form, you must obtain signatures from both your previously selected advisor and your newly chosen advisor. Then, send a copy of the form to Nancy Heinecke, and send the original to the Registrar's Office.

If you haven't declared your major, now is the time to do it! We are unable to approve classes toward your major if you are undeclared. Please follow the steps below to ensure you are in the best position to study abroad!

  1. Review the Global Education Office's Study Abroad one-pager. Be sure to follow every step here! You will need to meet with department faculty members and someone from the Global Education Office before getting final approval to study abroad.
  2. Check out our list of programs that have approved Economics & Business courses. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather a starting point if you are interested in building your study abroad experience around economics and business. 
  3. Visit the Credit Transfer Overview page on the Global Education site for in-depth information on how to find programming that will work for your academic plan. 
  4. Get a full syllabus of the proposed courses, and prepare rationale for why you want to take those specific courses at this location.
  5. Complete study abroad application in SUMMIT, which is sent to the Department Chair for approval.


  1. Contact the Registrar's Office to make sure the class(es) are on your transcript
  2. If you want a transferred class to count toward your major or as a prerequisite for another course in the Economics and Business Department, you will need to get a full syllabus of the class in question and send it electronically to Professor Kristina Acri, who is in charge of transfer credit for the department requesting acceptance of the course for the major. If it's a math course in question, the Math Department Chair must approve the course. Once the Chair approves the course, print two copies of the approval (probably an email exchange) and ask the department administrative assistant to place a copy in your department file, *and* ask the Registrar's Office to place a copy in your student file there.

Planning Advice:

Please visit the Thesis and Data Resources Page for more information on how to register for your thesis and plan your blocks.

Changing Blocks:

  1. Ask your thesis advisor if you can change blocks.
  2. After you receive approval from your thesis advisor, if you have a class scheduled in the block you want to write your thesis in, complete an add/drop slip and turn it in to the Registrar's Office.
  3. Ask Nancy Heinecke to make the changes to your thesis block and confirm changes with the Registrar's Office.

Go to the Chair's office hours. Block 1 office hours are Mon-Fri 2-3 pm in Palmer 101B. You do not need an appointment: office hours are first come, first served.


  • 1st Tues Aug 30: 2-2:45;
  • 3rd Mon Sep 12: 1-2 pm;
  • 4th Tues Sep 20: no office hours

If office hours don't work, set an appointment at this link:

If none of the above work, email the Dept. Chair asking for an appointment. Be specific and let the Chair know what you want to discuss.

  1. The opportunity to apply for the $500.00 Skilling Award is offered on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Visit the Skilling Award page for full details
  2. Students presented with a Skilling Award will present research projects during the Senior Research Symposium in the spring semester prior to leaving campus and/or graduating.

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Taught by Janet Brugger

Social entrepreneurship and business ownership—particularly among black and women-owned businesses—can be a crucial way to develop community wealth, for both business owners and the people they employ.  By examining current business ecosystems, this course will explore the systemic barriers that hinder black and women-owned businesses’ efforts to ideate, start and sustain a business. We will explore how the concept of social enterprises through partnerships with public-, private-, and social-sector stakeholders can develop a supportive economic environment for black and women-owned businesses.

Taught by Jake Organ

Prerequisites: EC100 or EC101 and EC102

An overall look at the history, present, and future of the fifty-four economies that make up the African continent. Also studying continent wide themes of colonialism, post-colonialism, the Cold War, and the opportunities and challenges of population growth. Qualifies as a social issue course for the BESoc major.

Taught by Jessica Hoel

Prerequisites: COI & -EC301, -EC302, and at least one 300-level Economics elective. Additional prerequisite MA117 or 217.

Do people make decisions more like Spock or more like Homer? Starting from a foundation of neoclassical microeconomic theory (Spock), students will be introduced to behavioral economic theories (Homer) of decisions over time and under uncertainty. The class will test the classical and behavioral theories with in-class laboratory games, and culminate with a group-designed experiment. The course builds on the foundation of EC301, counts in the Microeconomics track of the old Economics major, and is a Mathematical Economics major elective.

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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