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. 

Spring 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 Spring 2021 course list.

News from the school

In advance of the election, faculty from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences shared their thoughts on the importance of exercising the right to vote, interesting facts about Election Day and personal anecdotes about their voting experiences.
Why your voice matters

October 28, 2020

In advance of the election, faculty from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences shared their thoughts on the importance of exercising the right to vote, interesting facts about Election Day and personal anecdotes about their voting experiences.  

Senator Jon Kyl teaching at Arizona State University
Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl teaching new ASU course in the spring 2021

October 27, 2020

Former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will co-teach an undergraduate course at Arizona State University this spring on American civic and public affairs with the hope of demonstrating how good government can function despite an increasingly polarized political climate.

Arizona State University Mobile App: CivEd
New ASU mobile app designed to promote civic education

October 26, 2020

A new mobile app from Arizona State University aims to bring comprehensive civic education resources to the hands of thousands of students and teachers across the state and country. 

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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