Study Tours

The McCarthy Center believes in the importance of experiential learning as a way to engage students in the many layers of the policy making process. Study tours bring students face-to-face with key players and organizations working on current policy issues like green urban planning, immigration, and rural development. If you have an idea for a future study tour (especially something local), please contact Stacy Penk at with your idea.

In October 2014, the McCarthy Center led a group of nine students to Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, over long weekend to explore revitalization in the Twin Ports. The group met with CSB/SJU graduates in banking, realty, and affordable housing. Additionally, meetings were held with Mayor Don Ness and at Cirrus Aircraft. They also toured a brewery and distillery, a burgeoning industry in Duluth.