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. 

Fall 2021 Courses

The school combines philosophy, history, economics, and political science to teach students how to examine great ideas and solve contemporary problems. Courses like "Great Ideas in Politics and Ethics,"  "Justice and Virtue," and "Hamilton and the Founders" prepare students for leadership in a diverse and changing world. 

View the Fall 2021 course list.

News from the school

School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership Dean’s Medalist to follow up an impressive academic career with one in foreign service

April 23, 2021

Cameron didn’t always know he was destined for a career in Washington, D.C. But a last-minute decision to take part in the model United Nations Conference changed his trajectory forever. After graduation, Cameron will attend Johns Hopkins University for graduate studies with a full ride. He plans to pursue a master of arts in international relations, after which he will join the U.S. foreign service for five years.

How the 2016 presidential election led this ASU grad to Columbia Law

April 26, 2021

When Nicole Morote was 6, she and her family moved from Lima, Peru, to the United States. After moving around the country, her family settled in Georgia, which is where she lived before she visited Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.

The summer after her first year at ASU, Morote moved to Washington, D.C., for the summer to intern at a congressional office. After graduation, Morote plans to attend Columbia Law School in New York City.

ASU graduate aims to use his difficult journey to inspire others

April 27, 2021

Christian Kainoa Spencer is set to graduate from Arizona State University next week. When he receives his diploma, it will be the end of a four-year journey with near insurmountable obstacles in his way. After graduation, Kainoa plans to continue to speak about his story and start a non-profit organization to aid those living with seen and unseen disabilities. He is also interested in pursuing graduate studies and traveling to Japan to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. 

Upcoming events

Explore our video programming

Our annual public events are designed to engage the community and ASU students, staff, and faculty on the pressing issues of our time. Events are free and open to the public. They are also available for viewing on our website and our YouTube channel

Our centers

Center for the Study of Economic Liberty

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University

The Center for the Study of Economic Liberty serves students and the public through research, education, and community outreach regarding the nation’s most pressing economic policy issues. Committed to communicating the role that economic liberty and free enterprise play in increasing opportunity and improving well-being, the Center seeks to advance understanding through independent thinking, scholarly debate, factual argument, and honest communication of research and policy findings.

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Center for Political Thought and Leadership

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University

The Center for Political Thought and Leadership develops leaders well-versed in the principles of liberal democracy. Its mission is to impart a deeper understanding of the meaning of political liberty and economic well-being to the academic and at-large community through undergraduate education, scholarly research, and public events. The Center adeptly provides a setting for national and international scholarship in political thought. 

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