Carnegie Global Oregon

Carnegie Global Oregon

Carnegie Global Oregon (CGO) brings leaders from many walks of life to work with our students in a mutual exploration of the ethical issues that challenge us in our lives and our careers.  Our students have the opportunity to engage with noted figures through small group conversations, weekly shared meals, internship opportunities, and employment.  CGO guests include leading figures such as Nigerian author and “MacArthur Genius” Chimamanda Adiche; Sister Helen Prejean, human rights crusader and author of “Dead Man Walking”; Salman Ahmad, UN Ambassador, author of “Rock and Roll Jihad”, and Pakistan’s top recording artist; Major Chad Plaistad, US Army Special Forces (a former student of Prof. Cohen), and many others.  CGO ranges broadly in its pursuit of ethical understanding, and works with guests from different backgrounds including business, human rights, military, international development, environmental, clergy, UO Administration, and many other areas.  

Deep-Dive FIG: Please note this FIG contains an intermediate course at the 300-level. This course has been vetted by First Year Programs to ensure first-term students can achieve success. The instructor will be available to assist students along the way.

What is a FIG Runway?

Carnegie Global Oregon is a FIG Runway, in which you take a year-long seminar with the same professor and peers. After the fall FIG courses, students enroll in 1-credit seminars in winter and spring to continue exploring the CGO theme. The majority of CGO students remain active in this vibrant learning community throughout their years at the university. This provides a supportive mix for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who meet weekly for class and a meal to explore areas of ethical concern. For more information, visit

Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:

UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit

GEOG 341 Population and Environment - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

This course will focus on the challenges that population growth presents to the world community, particularly in social and environmental terms. It will broach the issue of sustainability: Can the planet support our species given our current behaviors and structures? If so, at what cost to the quality of human and other life? If not, what might be done to rectify our current course? Population Geography entails much more than these fundamental questions. We will ask why people chose to live where they live (if they have a choice). We will examine those environments in which people have thrived, and try to understand the elements of that success. We will look for common patterns, and the lessons taught by situations which depart from the norm. We will look at evidence of environmental degradation, and try to understand what impacts are caused by population and "over population."

FIG Theme:

Path to Global Citizenship

Flight Path Themes:

Global Connections Scientific Discovery and Sustainability