Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership


Do you want to play a role in shaping our society? A minor in civic and economic thought and leadership complements your primary degree with a foundation of skills grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.



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 interested in careers as lawyers, doctors, journalists, educators, law enforcement officials and political scientists benefit from a liberal arts education that provides the academic foundation they need to ask informed questions, make sound decisions for the common good and solve the difficult problems that leaders confront in any discipline.

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. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. 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 the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

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)
CEL 305 Classical Political Philosophy and Statesmanship: The Greeks (3)
CEL 320 Modern Political Thought: Origins and Debates about Modern Liberty (3)
CEL 345 Classics of Modern Economic Thought: Smith to Hayek and Beyond (3)
CEL 375 Politics and Leadership in the Age of Revolutions, 1776-1826 (3)
CEL 484 Internship (3)







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