Spring 2021 course list

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership offers four distinct academic tracks in our curriculum. Each track will allow you to graduate on time, however, includes courses that allow you to tailor your academic experience to your goals and interests.

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Required Core Courses

CEL 100 Great Ideas Politics & EthicsExplore the roots of political order, from ancient Greece to modern India | satisfies Humanities requirement
Professor(s): 
TTh 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM | John Doody | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #32490)
TTh 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Trevor Shelley | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #28482)
TTh 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Theresa Smart | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #32228)
MW 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Karen Taliaferro | Tempe (Session C: Class #23031
TTh 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM | Johnson Wright | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #23030)

Available as an iCourse
Jordan Dorney | iCourse (Session A: Class #31663)

CEL 200 Great Debates in American PoliticsStudy the debates over fundamental American principles — such as liberty, equality, constitutionalism and democracy — that have defined American history and continue to shape public discourse today.| satisfies Humanities requirement
Professor(s): 
TTh 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM | Zachary German | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #22640)
MW 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | Jakub Voboril | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #22639)
TTh 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Jakub Voboril | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #28484)

Available as an iCourse
Jordan Dorney | iCourse (Session B: Class #31664)
Aaron Kushner | iCourse (Session A: Class #33113)

CEL 300 Capitalism & Great Economic Debates | Explore the relationship, positive or negative, between markets and morality in a capitalist system.
TTh 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM | Trevor Shelley | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #32230

CEL 475 Statesmanship and American Strategy | Examine the intellectual origins, development and implementation of American strategic thought from its roots in the ancient Greeks through the Cold War and beyond. | satisfies Humanities requirement
TTh 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | Paul Carrese | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #32229

CEL 485 Capstone | This course involves a retrospective look at the SCETL curriculum and an individual research project.
TTh 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM | Peter McNamara | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #31669

Moral and Political Thought

CEL 394 Natural Law & the Commn Good Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
MW 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Karen Taliaferro | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #32489)

CEL 394 Justice & Virtue
TTh 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Carol McNamara | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #22642)

CEL 494 Bible in the Western TraditionCovers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
TTh 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | Johnson Wright | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #32231)

American Political Thought

CEL 294 Social Justice Movements This course offers an extended history of radical left-wing movements in the United States. 
MW 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM | Duncan Moench | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #22641)

CEL 294 Race and the American StoryThis course introduces students to the profound historical and philosophical roots of Americans' struggle with issues of race and justice from 1619 to 1776 to 2020. | satisfies Cultural Diversity in the United States requirement
TTh 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM | S. Adam Seagrave | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #23665)

CEL 394 Lincoln | Dive deeply into the political thought, rhetoric, and statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, both before and during the Civil War.
TTh 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Zachary German | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #25006) | Satisfies the Literary or Humanities Requirement

CEL 394 Debates in American Civic and Public AffairsThis course teaches how American institutions and political ideas have developed and connect to current events.
TTh 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM | Sean Beienburg | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #31674) | This course is also being taught by former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl. 

CEL 494 Civil Liberties and RightsThis course examines the development of the civil liberties and civil rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.
TTh 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM | Sean Beienburg | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #22643)

Economic Thought and Political Economy

CEL 345 Classics of Modern Econ Thought Explore the ideas and writings of the leading economic thinkers of the last 100 years.  Thinkers covered will include Keynes, Hayek, Schumpeter, Polanyi, Galbraith, Friedman and Piketty.  
TTh 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM | Peter McNamara | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #22526)

CEL 394 Classical to Modern Economic ThoughtCovers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
TTh 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM | Ross Emmett | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #26446)

Leadership and Statesmanship for the 21st Century

CEL 394 Left and Right Around the World This course will examine the philosophical origins of most major political ideologies and provide a comparative international perspective to American political culture. 
MW 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Duncan Moench | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #24066)

CEL 394 Special Topics Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
TTh 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Bruce Pagel | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #27711)

CEL 494 Special Topics Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
TTh 9:00 PM - 10:15 PM | Bruce Pagel | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #26821)

CEL 494 Modern Political Philosophy Covers topics of immediate or special interest to a faculty member and students.
Th 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM | Catherine Zuckert | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #28929)

Masters courses

CEL 501 Literary Leaders Students will read a selection of texts that have contributed substantially to the ideas and ethos of Western civilization.
T 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM | Michael Zuckert | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #31683)

CEL 513 Classic Texts in Leadrship/Statesmanship Students will study the art of statesmanship via an examination of selected classical texts and historical leaders.  
W 4:50 PM - 7:35 PM | Colleen Sheehan | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #31684)

CEL 598 Modern Political Philosophy | Students will study the thought of Machiavelli, Montaigne, and Descartes. 
Th 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM | Catherine Zuckert | Tempe Campus (Session C: Class #24518)

"SCETL is kind of a mix of a few things. You get economics, you get history, you get philosophy all blended into one, which is a really cool and unique experience to be able to hear from all of these different schools of thought and you get to challenge yourself."

- Justin H. 

Course Spotlights

Explore the roots of political order, from ancient Greece to modern India or study the debates over fundamental American principles! Hear directly from our students and faculty on what civic and economic thought and leadership courses are all about.