Using Economics courses to meet the Humanities and Social Science General Education requirement

All Mines students must complete a 19-credit-hour curriculum in the Humanities and Social Sciences, ranging from freshman through senior levels of course work. These courses are offered by the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies (LAIS) and by the Division of Economics and Business (EB).

The 10-credit humanities and social sciences core curriculum consists of

  • Nature & Human Values (LAIS 100) – 4 credits
  • Human Systems (SYGN 200) – 3 credits
  • Principles of Economics (EBGN 201) – 3 credits

The remaining 9 credits, 3 courses, must be chosen from the Humanities and Social Sciences General Education restricted electives. Here are the rules:

  • The 3 courses must be chosen from the approved courses listed in the LAIS section of the bulletin. 
  • At least one of the 3 courses must be taken in LAIS. 
  • Single majors in Economics must take all 3 courses in LAIS.
  • At least one of the 3 courses must be an approved 400-level course.
  • No 100-level courses may be used for these restricted electives (except foreign language courses).
  • AP and/or IB credit may not be applied to the restricted electives.

This part of the humanities and social science requirement is often a source of confusion.  Part of the problem is that this requirement has had many names over the years and may be called different things by different departments:  LAIS credit, Clusters, H&SS, LAIS/EBGN electives, Distributed Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Another source of confusion is that not all EBGN courses may be used to satisfy this requirement. The approved EBGN courses are the following:

EBGN301 Intermediate Microeconomics
EBGN302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
EBGN310 Environment & Resource Economics
EBGN320 Economics and Technology
EBGN330 Energy Economics
EBGN340 Energy and Environmental Policy
EBGN342 Economic Development
EBGN437 Regional Economics
EBGN441 International Economics
EBGN443 Public Economics
EBGN470 Environmental Economics

No other EBGN courses may be used for the H&SS requirement.

See "Humanities and Social Science Requirement at the Colorado School of MinesPDF versionText only version" flier for more details.


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