Colleges are organized through departments—but that’s not how the rest of the world works.

Issue-focused academic programs apply an interdisciplinary approach to multifaceted global challenges. Mac faculty are already on the leading edge, creating popular concentrations including Community and Global Health, Urban Studies, Human Rights and Humanitarianism, and International Development.

Why Now?

How?

Why Now?

Moving swiftly to strengthen concentrations will open more opportunities to address today's complex problems. Studying issues with professors and peers from many departments gives students a broader perspective—and prepares them to collaborate with colleagues from other backgrounds in life after Macalester.

How?

A hub. The Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC) is a natural gathering place for sharing ideas and discovering overlapping interests.

Concentrate. Provide support to strengthen existing issue-focused concentrations and develop new ones.

After class. Create housing options—living and learning communities—that expand issue-focused education into students' daily lives. These additions may help Mac move to a three-year residency requirement.