Public Affairs Conversation (PACON)

The Public Affairs Conversation (“PACON”) is a yearlong program for sophomores, juniors and seniors consisting of two courses (fall and spring) and a funded internship opportunity (in Interim, spring, or summer). PACON offers a sustained exploration of the hardest controversies in American public affairs, such as immigration, health care reform, affirmative action, and social inequality. Students pursue a conversation across ideological boundaries, integrating moral and scientific considerations with a critical perspective on America’s foundational ideals.

Semester

Fall
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
Interim
  • GE/Elective
Spring
  • WRIT 111 or REL 121 or Conversation Program
  • Foreign Language
  • GE/Elective
  • GE/Elective
Additional Information

Admission to PACON is based on an application process open to all rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Applications are normally accepted beginning in January and are accepted on a rolling basis up to spring registration. The total number of students admitted is contingent on student demand and staffing availability. PACON is open to students of all interests and majors.

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Placement
  • Not applicable.
Informational Events

Nothing available at this time.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Director, Public Affairs Conversation – Michael Fuerstein (fuerstei@stolaf.edu)