In 2015-2016, 17 Macalester departments offered 64 courses with civic engagement components.

Macalester is a long-time leader in linking academic learning to community involvement. High quality community-based learning (CBL) brings forth multiple layers of learning, teaching and problem solving.

Student work–such as tutoring, research, analysis or problem solving–holds reciprocal benefits for the students and the community partner. Aligning learning objectives with an existing community need is a critical step in these real world, engaging learning experiences.