Why study civic and economic thought and leadership at ASU?

Home / Why Study Here?

Shape the world around you

Are you interested in social issues? Concerned that American politics is angry and divisive? Would you like to improve humanity through building consensus and finding a common good? Do you sense that studying historical works about life and politics could provide a sound platform for solving current problems? If you answered yes to any of these, you’re an excellent candidate for a degree or minor in Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership.

Career Opportunities

Our rigorous program inspires and prepares students to lead and serve in civil society, public affairs, or government.

  • Healthcare and bio-ethics
  • Law and legal studies
  • Policy making and analysis
  • Ethics compliance and regulation
  • Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services
  • Journalism
  • Foreign Service
  • National Security
  • Nonprofit and social justice
  • Business and organizational management
  • Community resource development
  • Public-private relationships
  • Urban planning
  • City management
  • Program administration
  • Community affairs

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership connects important intellectual works with lessons learned from great American leaders to inspire and prepare students for leadership in civil society and for public service as statemen and stateswomen in the 21st century world.

Inspire and be inspired

Internationally recognized leadership

Learn from professors committed to developing your intellect, judgment, and practical leadership experience. Led by Director Paul Carrese, a former Rhodes Scholar and selection committee member for the Rhodes Scholarships, the faculty is composed of award-winning teachers, distinguished scholars, and graduates of top universities. Having been in the Peace Corps, the staff of the U.S. Senate, the faculty of a federal military academy – and everywhere in between – these individuals personify the blending of service and leadership with teaching and scholarship.

Valuable support and advisement

We take your success personally. In addition to a personalized scholastic approach and relationship-based teaching, our faculty works with academic success specialists to ensure students are succeeding with coursework, securing quality internships, preparing for prestigious scholarships, and moving ahead with career plans.

Challenging and competitive internships

We get you the experience that sets you apart. Students looking to stay close to campus can intern with the Arizona Legislature or with business and civic leaders in Greater Phoenix. Those wanting to work in Washington, D.C., can connect to ASU’s Capitol Scholars Program or The McCain Institute for International Leadership. We’re also building internship programs with policy institutes in New York City, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California, and the Aspen Institute in Colorado and Maryland.

ASU by the numbers


For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU No. 1 on its “Most Innovative Schools” list


No. 1 in the country as a research institution producing the most Fulbright faculty scholars in one year


ASU ranks No. 9 in the country for employability