Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

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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

In the minor program in civic and economic thought and leadership, students are trained 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.

Program Requirements

The minor in civic and economic thought and leadership requires 18 credit hours, of which 12 credit hours must be upper division. At least 12 credit hours must be taken from ASU. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Upper-Division Electives -- 6 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment 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 or the minor program. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor.

Career Outlook

A minor from the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership can support a student's major and may be considered a benefit when a student is interviewing for a job or applying to graduate school. Completing a minor program shows employers or schools that the student is focused on educational goals and can handle the additional workload.

Students interested in careers as lawyers, doctors, journalists, educators, law enforcement officials and political scientists benefit from this 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.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: 103930


  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: 113940
  Bright Outlook

Environmental Economists

  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: 113940
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: 64540

History Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.3%
  • Median Salary*: 79400


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
  Bright Outlook

Political Scientists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
  Bright Outlook

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 83770


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: 48090

Urban and Regional Planners

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 79540

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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