Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, BA

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  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics

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Do you want to help reshape society? With the skills you gain from this solid academic foundation, you'll leave ASU prepared to meet today's challenges --- whether you create foreign or domestic policy, build a nonprofit that strengthens communities or lead a business that impacts the lives of many.

Program Description

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

Faculty teach using 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.

Students have internship opportunities on Capitol Hill, in congressional offices in their district, with nonprofit organizations or in an area of their academic interest, enabling them to build their resume with professional experience and network with potential employers for after graduation. Global intensive experiences allow students to study in places such as Israel and the West Bank, India and South Africa. They also engage with world-renowned scholars who visit ASU through the school's public programs.

In addition to reviewing 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.

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

Explore the classic texts and great thinkers of history in Socratic seminar discussions with world-class professors. This interdisciplinary degree is ideal for K-12 teachers, aspiring civic leaders and students preparing for PhD applications.

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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.

Career paths that graduates might pursue include business, education, foreign service, 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:

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: 99940


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

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Growth: 1%
  • Median Salary*: 62360


  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: 64540

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

  • Growth: 2.2%
  • Median Salary*: 151030


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

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

  • Growth: 5%
  • Median Salary*: 64030
  Bright Outlook

Political Scientists

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


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: 48090

Social and Community Service Managers

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: 74240
  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

Students in the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership have a variety of global and domestic experiential courses available to them. Whether they involve practicing leadership skills in a rural Indian village, visiting new democracies in Israel, or studying Aristotle in the Arizona mountains, all of these courses ask students to cultivate curiosity, excellence and leadership.

Program Contact Information

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