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Economic Forces In American History


The Economic Forces in American History (EFIAH) program combines history and economics lessons with the dynamic, student-teacher format of the Economics for Leaders (EFL) program. EFIAH’s unique cross-curricular content is specifically designed to help teachers incorporate economic reasoning principles into their high school American history and social studies classes. University professors and mentor teachers provide a variety of engaging, in-depth lectures and activities to provide the economic explanations behind 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.

  • Attendance and commuter stipends available at most programs
  • $150 registration fee for teachers
  • Unique opportunity to view mentor teacher/student interactions in a ‘laboratory’ setting
  • Approximately 25 teachers accepted per program
  • Two semester hours of graduate credit in economics available from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs for $244**
  • Classes taught by university-level economic historians and experienced mentor teachers

Lodging at the EFIAH programs (with the exception of the 2021 New York program) 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, the cost is an additional $100 for the week and will be charged during the registration process. All accommodations are in on-campus dormitories. Please click on our Frequently Asked Questions link at the right for additional details.

**It is the sole responsibility of the individual participant to ensure the credit arrangement 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.

For more information about the EFIAH lessons and activities, please click here.