Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership  (Minor)

Do you want to play a role in shaping our society? You can, with a foundation of skills grounded in the liberal arts and sciences that are designed to meet the challenges of the future.

Program Description

The minor program in civic and economic thought and leadership trains students to read and understand influential ideas in philosophy, economics and politics in order to become leaders in their field of study. Through faculty use of the Socratic method teaching style, students are challenged in the classroom and forced to think critically about the problems that impact society today.

Students in the minor participate in a high-impact curriculum and are eligible for a global intensive experience, leadership seminars, an internship program and special access to prominent scholars and visiting fellows.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in civic and economic thought and leadership; BS in civic and economic thought and leadership

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Enrollment Requirements

Required Courses (12 credit hours)
CEL 100 Great Ideas of Politics and Ethics (3)
CEL 200 Great Debates in American Politics and Economics (3)
CEL 300 Capitalism and Great Economic Debates (3)
CEL 475 Statesmanship and American Grand Strategy (3)

Electives (6 credit hours; choose two)
We offer electives in four distinct tracks; for a description of the tracks and the electives offered in each track on a recurring basis, please consult our undergraduate curriculum page. Our elective offerings for the current semester can be found here

Program Contact Information

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