Rationale, Requirement and Approval Criteria


By recognizing that all lives are shaped by historical dynamics and contemporary structures that operate on transnational, international, and global levels, the Internationalism Requirement contributes to Macalester’s commitment to preparing a thoughtful and principled citizenry that takes account of the complexities of a global society. An understanding of these complexities dislodges presuppositions about what is universal and what is particular, informs thoughtful consideration of how to address pressing issues, places persons and nations in context, and encourages reflection about one’s identity, agency and responsibility in the world.


Students must take at least one course devoted to the study and analysis of social, cultural, scientific, aesthetic or ethical questions that arise through transnational or international encounters, systems, economies, processes, or dynamics.

Request for an Internationalism Designation

Effective with Fall 2017 courses

If you have questions, please contact Timothy Traffie, Registrar.

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(e.g. 105 or 320)

Section 2.

Brief Course Description

Students completing the Internationalism Requirement will be able to demonstrate two or more of the following learning outcomes:

  • describe aspects of societies or cultural groups beyond the borders of the United States, using analytical frameworks;
  • analyze transnational operations of discourses, structures, institutions, or practices such as diasporas (including U.S.- based populations), development, globalization, or distributions of power and resources;
  • analyze transnational or international social, cultural, scientific, or aesthetic endeavors;
  • evaluate ethical questions that arise through transnational or international encounters, systems, processes or dynamics.

Provide a brief but explicit description of how your course will emphasize two or more of these student learning outcomes. Explain how these learning outcomes are relevant to specific aspects of your course. Refer to course content, pedagogy, materials, activities, etc., as needed.

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