Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, BS

Whether your dream career includes helping to create foreign or domestic policy, building a nonprofit or leading a business, a degree in civic and economic thought and leadership indicates you're ready to meet the challenges.

Program Description

The BS program in civic and economic thought and leadership incorporates the study of political philosophy, economic thought, history and American politics.

Faculty engage students through the Socratic method, which challenges students to analyze the complex topics impacting lives today. Students refine their ability to read closely, think analytically, write carefully and speak effectively. The curriculum, combined with outside-the-classroom leadership experiences, prepares students with the broad, academic foundation they will use throughout their careers.

Students have the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill, in congressional offices in their district, with nonprofits around the country or in an opportunity of their academic interest. They engage with world-renowned scholars and experts who visit ASU for large lectures and intimate seminars through the school's public programs and civic outreach initiatives, and they are able to apply for one of the school's Global Intensive Experiences, which study service and leadership in places such as Israel and the West Bank, India, and South Africa.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Classical Liberal Education and Leadership, MA

If you are interested in reading primary sources and engaging in seminar discussions, you will greatly enjoy this academic and professional development opportunity to study classic texts through the Socratic method.

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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

Graduates are inspired and prepared to lead and serve in civil society, public affairs or government, and the internships provide the practical professional experience that employers desire.

Some career paths graduates might pursue include business, education, government, law, politics, national security affairs and public office.

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. Career examples include but are not limited to:

College Program Director

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: $99,940


  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: $113,940

High School Teacher

  • Growth: 1.0%
  • Median Salary*: $62,360


  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: $64,540


  • Growth: 2.2%
  • Median Salary*: $151,030


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: $135,740
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 5.0%
  • Median Salary*: $64,030

Political Analyst

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: $128,020


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: $48,090

Social Services Director

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: $74,240
  Bright Outlook

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

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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