Carnegie Global Oregon

Carnegie Global Oregon

Carnegie Global Oregon (CGO) is a community dedicated to the critical exploration of ethical issues in local, national, and global contexts. The CGO welcomes students of all ethical, religious and political perspectives who wish to understand and explore the ethical issues surrounding human rights, immigration, environmental justice, military ethics, climate change, international development, the criminal justice system, racial justice, gender equity, health care, and other complex ethical issues. CGO enlists leaders from many walks of life to engage with students in mutual exploration of the ethical issues that challenge us both individually and collectively. During weekly meetings, small group conversations, shared meals, and through volunteer experiences, internships and employment opportunities.

CGO students (known within our FIG community as “Carnegies”) connect with distinguished figures whose work is significant and, in many cases, ethically fraught. By learning from and thinking with local, state, national, and global leaders, CGO students gain the skills and insights they need to navigate complex, systemic ethical challenges in their local, national and global communities.

Past CGO guests include: Nigerian author and MacArthur Genius, Chimamanda Adiche; human rights crusader and author of Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean; UN Ambassador and author of Rock and Roll Jihad, Salman Ahmad; US Army Special Forces Major Chad Plaistad, Nobel Peace Prize winners Rigoberta Menchu and Jody Williams, as well as University of Oregon administrators, distinguished CGO alumni, and many others.  

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."