Established in 2005, the Institute for Global Citizenship is a campus-wide initiative to build on and expand the college’s already distinctive tradition of engagement and academic excellence.
The Institute of Global Citizenship promotes learning, scholarship, and service focused on civic engagement and global leadership locally, nationally, and internationally.
Selected core programs
- The International Roundtable annually brings to campus international scholars to speak on topics of worldwide significance, with formal responses from students and faculty members.
- The annual Civic Forum features student and faculty scholarship on issues of civic life and leadership in the United States.
- Through a biennial Faculty Development International Seminar, groups of faculty members study and do research relating to their own specializations in a selected international setting. The most recent site was The Hague in the Netherlands in 2010.
- Students in the “Perspectives on Globalization” program will explore themes related to globalization during a 3-week seminar in August and enroll in coursework at Maastricht University during fall semester, 2011.
Civic Engagement Center, International Center, Internship Office, Lilly Program
Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship is Christy Hanson
Associate Dean is CEC director Karin Trail-Johnson
About 60 percent of Macalester students study abroad for academic credit. Last year 317 students studied abroad through 107 different programs, in 30 languages, going to 48 countries and on every continent except Antarctica.
Each year, around 300 students earn academic credit for supervised internships with local, national, and international businesses and organizations.
Each semester, more than half of students engage in local community work through community-based courses, applied research, off-campus work-study, community service, or a civic leadership program. More than 90 percent are active in the Twin Cities urban community before graduating