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 2020 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 2020 course list.

News from the school

International religious leader Rabbi Jonathan Sacks presents a vision of hope for the future during virtual event

September 17, 2020

International religious leader, philosopher and award-winning author Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks spoke to more than 430 people from 13 countries in a virtual discussion on Sept. 10, centered around his latest book, "Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times."

SCETL Classroom: Thriving during a Pandemic at Arizona State University
Thriving in a pandemic

September 9, 2020

After a few weeks of a combination of in-person and ASU Sync courses, there is a common theme amongst students and professors: There are challenges, but people are adapting.  

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University
ASU offers new master’s degree program in classical liberal education and leadership

July 8, 2020

Arizona State University's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership has launched a new master’s degree in classical liberal education and leadership that will be accepting students for the fall 2020 semester. 

Upcoming events

Explore our video programming

The school hosts a number of public events each academic year designed to engage the community, as well as ASU students, staff and faculty on the pressing issues of our time. All of our public talks 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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