Economic Forces in American History

Economic Forces in American History (EFIAH) is a highly acclaimed, cross-curricular program specifically designed to help teachers incorporate economic reasoning into their high school American history courses. University professors and mentor teachers provide in-depth lectures and activities to provide economic explanations of pivotal historical events.

Participants learn interactive teaching strategies that incorporate the actual circumstances of historical periods of study. With EFIAH lesson plans, teachers can help their students engage with subject matter by taking a detailed look at the economic considerations of the historical record – in essence, allowing students to ‘re-live’ history by taking an active role in the choices that individuals had to make during key events – rather than just reading or hearing about it. Economic Forces in American History is a “must-take” course for any teacher of American history, social studies, government, civics, and economics.

  • Choose from multiple sites and dates*
  • Approximately 45 teachers accepted per program
  • Two semester hours of graduate credit in economics available from the University of Colorado for $204**
  • Nationally acclaimed instructors

*Lodging at the EFIAH programs is covered in full by the FTE if participants are willing to share a room with another program participant. If a private room is desired, then the FTE will pay for the cost of half the room for the 5 nights of the program. In addition, participants may opt to have a family member or friend accompany them to share the private room. The room cost varies depending on the site; please contact for details. Lodging is not provided at commuter programs.

**It is the sole responsibility of the individual teacher to make sure the credit arrangement you pursue meets the criteria set forth by your school, district, and state. To receive graduate credits, participants must be in attendance for the entire EFIAH program.