Why Study Here?

Shape the world around you.

Do you want to play a role in shaping our society? Whether it's to help create foreign or domestic policy, build a nonprofit that strengthens communities, or lead a business that impacts the lives of many, a degree in civic and economic thought and leadership will prepare you to meet the challenges of the 21st century. 

What our students say about their academic experiences

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"I love that it is a combination of political science, economics and philosophy. Even though I'm a business major, (The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership) has been perfectly able to train me in all of those concepts and has given me a great background understanding that I believe will be very applicable once I graduate." - Dominic F.

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"I think one of the fantastic things about the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership is that they drive home the philosophical understanding into present context... So you're really able to take what you learn in class and apply it to the real world." - Julia J.

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“This school has been the highlight of my experience learning at ASU!” - Desmond K.

Four Track Curriculum

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, it includes courses that allow you to tailor your academic experience to your goals and interests. 

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Moral and Political Thought

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American Political Thought

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Economic Thought and Political Economy

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Leadership and Statesmanship for the 21st Century

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undergraduate degrees

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student-to-faculty ratio

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Leading global impact and innovative solutions

Emphasis on civic education

SCETL Emphasis on Civic Education | Civic Leadership Institute

Programs such as our Civic Leadership Institute offer our community the opportunity to learn more about the U.S. Constitution and its founding principles. More than 60 high school students from Arizona, California and Texas attend the 2019 summer program where they spent four days studying famous court cases and decisive moments in the Lincoln presidency in classes led by the school's faculty. 

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Preparing students to become lifelong learners

Lifelong Learners SCETL

"Regardless of what career interest someone may have, the (civic and economic thought and leadership) courses prepare students to have a fulfilling and meaningful life."

- Elana Q., the first graduate with a bachelor's degree in civic and economic thought and leadership 

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Programming designed to foster debate

Public Programming | School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

The school's public programming invites top academics and political commentators from around the country to speak at Arizona State University. These conversations are vital to promoting civil discourse on campus and in our community. Our annual lecture series is also available to a wider audience through a partnership with PBS Arizona. 

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