Carnegie Global Oregon

carnegie global oregon

Carnegie Global Community (CGO) is an ethics-based FIG that fosters learning, service, community and leadership at the University of Oregon. CGO students engage and collaborate with peers, mentors and guests during small group conversations, weekly shared meals, and through volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities. To foster this engagement and collaboration, CGO brings leaders from many walks of life-- from the local community and around the world-- to explore pressing ethical issues with the CGO student community during weekly group meetings. CGO is unique in that participants remain involved in the community throughout their college careers (and even beyond), allowing them to mentor younger University of Oregon students, develop and execute independent and collaborative projects, and become active leaders in the CGO community.

The Carnegie Global Oregon DEEP-DIVE FIG continues for three terms, and is the only FIG that also has some students in their cohort who are part of an Academic Residential Community (ARC).

Carnegie Global Oregon students will all be enrolled in the same courses. Students who do NOT want to live with the community will sign up through the FIG Program. Students who want to be in the ARC and live together in the residence halls will sign up through Housing. Please note that ARC selection will supersede your housing preferences for special-interest halls and room types. For more information, and instructions on how to apply to be a part of the ARC, visit

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:

GEOG 199 College Connections - FIG 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:

Passport to World Cultures

Flight Path Themes:

Global ConnectionsScientific Discovery and SustainabilityPublic Policy and Identity