A new class of leaders

Welcome to the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

Inspiring leadership and statesmanship

for the common good

Welcome to a new kind of program. One that looks beyond time and borders to explore the fundamental questions of life, freedom, and governance. One that looks inward to the guiding principles of America’s founders and the leaders who have inspired us. One that combines classic works and altruistic statesmanship to develop a new kind of leader: trained in critical thought, humble about human imperfection, and ready for anything. 

A New Class of Leaders

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The unprecedented complexities of the 21st century demand a new approach to developing leaders. The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership provides the multifaceted perspective and the comprehensive educational resources necessary to succeed in our globalized world. The result is a new breed of scholars who are uniquely positioned to address contemporary challenges through a traditional lens.

Free Speech and Intellectual Diversity in Higher Education and American Society

Public Programs

Each year, the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, along with university partners like the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law,  invites thought leaders from around the country to present a variety of perspectives on a timely civic theme. Students get front-row access to some of the world's most influential thinkers discussing and debating some of today's most critical issues. 

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Charles Drummond: CEL 394 Ideological Origins of Anglo-American Liberty: Four Modern Revolutions


SCETL students look at relevant issues through a classical, liberal arts lens. Courses combining philosophy, history, economics, and political science teach students to examine great ideas and solve contemporary problems. Courses like "Great Ideas in Politics and Ethics,"  "Justice and Virtue," and "Great Debates in American Politics and Economics" prepare students for leadership in a diverse and changing world. 

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SCETL Global Intensive Experience in India, March 2018

Experiential Learning

Through a partnership with ASU Study Abroad, students will have opportunities, through the Global Intensive Experience program, to hone their leadership skills outside of the United States. In the Spring of 2018, twelve students, along with School Director, Paul Carrese, visited India, where they joined Fulbright scholars to discuss education in India, met with the editor of the leading Indian daily newspaper, and worked in teams at Barefoot college, a nonprofit dedicated to building sustainable communities in developing countries. 

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Upcoming Events


American Exceptionalism: Property Rights in South America

Location: University Club, Heritage Room
Nov 19 2019 - 3:00pm

Classical Economics: Lost and Found

Location: Memorial Union 230, Pima Auditorium
Jan 23 2020 - 3:00pm

The Liberal Idea, Not Capital or Exploitation, Enriched the World

Location: Memorial Union 202, Alumni Lounge
Feb 05 2020 - 4:30pm

Recent News


The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University has partnered with civic education provider iCivics and two prominent universities as part of a major grant award

When people move to the United States, their journey to assimilation is a complex process that involves change for everyone in the community, according to two authors who have studied this contempo

Shakespeare was hardly the first to acknowledge mankind’s shared humanity, but the words he used to do so are inarguably enduring.