Macalester College has a long tradition of providing
significant opportunities for students to build an international and
intercultural perspective into their college education through
international or domestic off-campus study.
Students may propose participation from among a
carefully selected variety of overseas and domestic programs of
relevance to the Macalester liberal arts curriculum. A list of recommended
programs and suggested matches with Macalester’s curricular program
is available in the International Center or on the International Center
The Study Away Review Committee (SARC) evaluates all
proposals for off-campus study during the regular academic year. SARC
reviews the credit-worthiness of each proposal, the student’s
preparation for the experience, and the degree to which the program
promises to extend and enrich the individual student’s Macalester
Although there are necessarily limits on the number of
students who pursue off-campus study each academic year, Macalester strives
to support all qualified and well-prepared students who submit compelling
off-campus study proposals. However, in semesters where the number of
qualified proposals is greater than financial aid budgets can support, some
students may be asked to defer their plans and preference will be given to
qualified upperclass students. Beyond this, student proposals will be
ranked for acceptance based on the evaluation criteria outlined in the Handbook for Off-Campus Study,
copies of which are available on the International Center website.
Who May Participate?
Except as noted below, currently enrolled Macalester
students who have completed one full year of study at Macalester, who have
a formally declared major and who are in good academic standing are
eligible to propose off-campus study. It is important to note, however,
that students must also meet the eligibility requirements of the specific
off-campus programs in which they plan to participate.
Transfer students must study on campus for two
consecutive semesters before being eligible to apply for off-campus study.
This restriction does not apply to January and summer programs.
The tuition benefits extended to students on the
Dependent Tuition Assistance Program may not be applied to off-campus
study. However, students on the Dependent Tuition Assistance Program remain
eligible to participate in off-campus study, and in some circumstances, may
become eligible for financial aid for one term due to having to assume the
cost of off-campus study.
Non-immigrant visa and asylee status international
students are eligible for participation in off-campus study, but they may
not apply Macalester financial aid to off-campus study programs unless
participation in such a program is required by a formally declared major or
they are approved for participation in the Macalester programs “Globalization in Comparative Perspective” in the Netherlands
or “Global Cities in Comparative Perspective” in London and the
Twin Cities. All non-immigrant and asylee students who wish to study away
remain eligible for low-interest student loans to support off-campus study,
however, and are encouraged to seek further information from the
Students who are on academic or social probation are
not eligible to apply for off-campus study.
Registration, Academic Credit, Grades, and Financial
Students whose proposals are approved by SARC must
register at Macalester for their off-campus study programs in order to
receive Macalester credit. All courses from semester and academic year
off-campus study programs, including failed courses, are posted to the
Macalester transcript. All grades for those courses are factored into the
Macalester cumulative grade point average.
Academic credit earned for off-campus study programs
meets general education requirements for graduation, but this does not
guarantee that it may be applied towards departmental requirements. As part
of the proposal process, students are required to have an advising meeting with IC staff and consult with the
appropriate academic offices to ascertain how their off-campus study credit
will apply towards their degree programs.
With the exceptions noted above, students whose
proposals are approved by SARC may apply eligible financial aid to program
costs. While the vast majority of financial aid is portable, it is
important to note that certain aid programs such as work-study do not apply
to off-campus study. Also, financial aid is not available for January or summer programs abroad,
except in cases where the student wishes to apply for certain types of
educational loans. A complete explanation of financial aid for study away
is available at www.macalester.edu/financialaid.
There are two steps to applying for off-campus study:
1) proposing a program for Macalester approval, and 2) applying to the
program sponsor or overseas university for admission. With rare exceptions, these two steps are
independent of each other and have separate deadlines. It is the
student’s responsibility to ascertain the relevant deadlines and to
provide the required materials by those deadlines.
Detailed information on both steps is articulated in
the International Center website, and assistance is available at the International
Center. Since careful planning is sometimes required, students are advised
to start exploring their off-campus study options with the Study Abroad
Coordinator or Advisor early in their sophomore year.
Pre-Professional and Professional Programs
The Pre-Law Program
Erik Larson (Co-Advisor, Sociology) and Patrick
Schmidt (Co-Advisor, Political Science)
For many years, Macalester’s pre-law students
have achieved a record of success at excellent law schools evidenced by the
fact that the J.D. is the second most common graduate degree for Macalester
alumni. The college assists students through informed counseling about
their curriculum at Macalester and their later choices of law schools.
Departments across the college offer a variety of courses that teach the
knowledge and skills most relevant to establishing the foundation skills
that can lead to success in legal scholarship and practice. In addition,
the college offers the legal studies program which provides students a
broad liberal arts perspective on the study and practice of law.
Opportunities are available each year for a few students to conduct
internships in a law-related setting.
The Premedical Program
Advisors: Lin Aanonsen
(Chair of Health Professions Advising Committee, Biology), Devavanni
Chatterjea (Biology), Rebecca Hoye (Chemistry), Elizabeth Jansen (Taylor
Summer Fellowship/Biology), and Mary Montgomery (Biology)
Students interested in premedical studies should
consult one of the premedical advisors very early in their first year for
academic advice and request to be included on the Health Professions
Premedical students at Macalester may major in any
discipline and concurrently complete all premedical requirements. A science
major is not a
prerequisite for admission to medical school. Most medical schools require
the following courses: Chemistry 111 and 112 (General Chemistry); Chemistry
211 and 212 (Organic Chemistry); Two to four courses in Biology (We
recommend at least Biology 260 (Genetics), Biology 265 (Cell Biology), and
Biology 255 (Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory); Physics 221 and 222, or
226 and 227 and two courses in English. At the University of Minnesota
Medical Schools, the “English” requirement can be satisfied by
a number of literature, writing and/or speech courses, and need not be
listed as an English course. This requirement varies so widely that you
should consult your premedical advisor before making a decision about
courses you decide to take that may satisfy this premedical requirement.
Biochemistry I (Biology/Chemistry 352) is either a required or strongly
recommended prerequisite at a growing number of medical schools including
the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis and Duluth campuses) and the Mayo
Medical School. Courses in the social sciences, humanities and mathematics
are also required for admission to some medical schools.
Premedical advisors work carefully with students
throughout their preparation, both individually and in group sessions, to
assist in program planning that will best meet the individual needs of
students. Regular forums and seminars are presented on appropriate topics
in research, ethics, admission test preparation, application procedures and
interview skills. Each summer the Ruth and Vernon Taylor Foundation
endowment provides stipends for approximately eight students to participate
in health profession internships following their junior year. Student
recipients of this competitive award may arrange to work in a clinic,
hospital, or other medical facility under the direct supervision of medical
The Cooperative Program in Liberal Arts and
Stanton Sears (Advisor, Art)
Under the agreement with Washington University’s
School of Architecture in St. Louis, students may complete three years at
Macalester before transferring to Washington University for a senior year
of accelerated architectural study, leading to a B.A. from Macalester.
Three years of graduate study at Washington University then leads to a
Master’s in architecture.
For further information on course work required, see
the art department section of this catalog.
The Cooperative Program in Liberal Arts and Engineering
Danny Kaplan (Advisor, Mathematics)
An arrangement between Macalester and both the
University of Minnesota and Washington University in St. Louis makes it
possible for a student to earn a B.A. degree from Macalester and a B.S.
degree in engineering or applied science from either university in five
years—the first three to be spent at
Macalester and the latter two in the respective engineering program. Both
degrees are conferred at the end of the fifth year. There is considerable
flexibility in the program, but students should expect to take calculus
through differential equations, computer programming, chemistry and physics
at Macalester, as well as five or more courses in the areas of social
science and humanities. Students are to complete 96 semester hours as well
as all other graduation requirements.
Other Curricular Opportunities
Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC)
According to an agreement among Augsburg College,
Hamline University, the College of St. Catherine, the University of St.
Thomas and Macalester, students may take one course per semester at any one
of the other four colleges tuition free, provided that the home institution
has approved the course. Macalester has approved any liberal arts course
offered by the other ACTC institutions as being appropriate for
cross-registration. Cross-registered courses appear on the transcript of
the student’s home school. ROTC courses offered at the University of
St. Thomas are available to Macalester students, however no credit will be
awarded toward the Macalester degree. The exchange does not apply to January or summer
offerings for Macalester students. Students should contact the
Registrar’s Office for information on registration procedures and
acceptability of credits.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Macalester also has an agreement with the Minneapolis
College of Art and Design (MCAD) whereby students may take one course per
term at that college, provided that Macalester has approved the course.
Macalester students should contact the Registrar’s Office for
information on registration procedures and acceptability of credit.
Phi Beta Kappa
The Macalester chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Epsilon of
Minnesota, was established in 1968. This oldest national honor society
recognizes outstanding scholarship and broad cultural interests in liberal
studies. To be nominated, students ordinarily must have a GPA which places
them in the upper 12 percent of their class, but not below 3.50. Other
requirements are good character, sufficient breadth of liberal studies, and
a knowledge of mathematics and a foreign language at least minimally
appropriate for a liberal education. Consideration also is given to other
evidence of intellectual achievement in liberal studies, such as
outstanding honors work.
Other National Honor Societies
The following departments sponsor national honor
Chemistry— Iota Sigma Pi
Phi Lambda Upsilon
Classics— Eta Sigma Phi
Computer Science— Upsilon Pi Epsilon
Economics— Omicron Delta Epsilon
Geography— Gamma Theta Upsilon
German Studies— Delta Phi Alpha
Political Science— Pi Sigma Alpha
Psychology— Psi Chi
Sociology— Alpha Kappa Delta