Economic Forces In American History

The Economic Forces in American History (EFIAH) teacher program provides educators with an opportunity to gain a unique insight into both economics and U.S. history, presented in a dynamic and varied format. EFIAH’s unique cross-curricular content is designed to help teachers incorporate economic reasoning principles into their high school American history and social studies classes, and demonstrate the ways in which economics played a role in historical events.

Attendance at the EFIAH program will offer teachers a number of benefits, including:

  • Interactive, hands-on activities that help students understand the real-life context of historical eras
  • EFIAH lesson plans that will help engage students with the subject matter by examining the economic factors within historical events
  • The opportunity to learn from university professor and mentor teachers about relevant in-depth lectures and activities
  • Valuable time to connect with colleagues, share ideas, and network

Economic Forces in American History is a course that will benefit any teacher of American history, social studies, government, civics, and economics.

EFIAH qualifies for two semester hours of graduate credit in economics through the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, available for an additional fee. 

Lodging, materials, and most meals are covered by FTE. Registrants are responsible for their own travel costs to and from the program site. All attendees are eligible for a $600 participation stipend and a $150 commuter stipend. To qualify for the stipends, teachers must attend and actively participate in all sessions, as well as complete a program evaluation. There is no need to apply for the stipends.

  • This course has provided me extra knowledge and perspective in economics and how it impacted historical events, policies, and the shape [of] our US economy.  Bravo!  Great course!

    Ahmad Pelzer
    High School Teacher, FL
  • Loved it! I’m excited to use everything in my classroom. I feel completely reinvigorated and ready to teach economics with a new view.

    Meg Norris
    High School Teacher, GA
  • I learned many things that I can directly apply in my classroom. This was a great week of professional development. I will implement many of these activities and feel more confident with economics materials after this class.

    Karen Hannelius
    Middle School Teacher, NV