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. 

Are you a rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior with an interest in politics, law, philosophy, economics, and history? Do you know an individual who is? The Civic Leadership Institute offers high school students a FREE, all inclusive opportunity to gain the knowledge to become well-informed citizens and leaders in their communities. In this one-week, intensive residential seminar, students will participate in interactive lectures, breakout discussion groups, large group discussions, meals with faculty and college mentors, final project preparation, and evening social and team-building activities with college mentors. Deadline to apply is May 3rd!



Are you interested in social issues? Our rigorous program combines classic texts with experiential learning opportunities to prepare students to tackle contemporary issues and lead and serve in civil society, public affairs, or government.

Why Study Here?

A New Class of Leaders

ASU is #1 in the U.S. for innovation

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. 

Learn About Spring 2019 Courses

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


Doing Business North America - DC Launch

Oct 23 2019 - 5:00pm

'Becoming American: Immigration and Civic Integration' with Reihan Salam and Tomás Jiménez

Location: Memorial Union Room 220
Oct 30 2019 - 5:00pm

Communicating with Arizona Voters: The Insiders’ View of the 2018 Gubernatorial Campaign and Beyond

Location: Memorial Union, Alumni Lounge 202
Nov 05 2019 - 5:00pm

Recent News


A team of undergraduate researchers at Arizona State University spent a year mining and analyzing data to produce a first-of-its-kind report that ranks 115 cities in three countries on how easy it

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership will launch the third season of its “Civic Discourse Project” on Sept.

In September 1787, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention took the monumental step of signing the document they had drafted during the convention and which would become the Constitution of