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 fill out this short Study Tour Proposal

Colorado Study Tour


The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement invites you to join a three-day small group visit to Denver and Boulder, Colorado, two cities consistently rated among the most livable, sustainable and vibrant cities in the United States and around the world. This tour focuses on what makes them thrive environmentally, socially, and economically.


Participants will meet civic and environmental leaders including chefs, developers, activists, and politicians. We will visit Denver’s Union Station, an iconic train station transformed into a food hub and business incubator. Using bikes and transit we will experience urban eco-vitality through neighborhood agriculture projects, parks and public art. Sustainability as high tech innovation will be featured in a visit to Sony Panasonic’s new carbon-free Denver suburb.  Since no trip to Colorado is complete without mountains, scenic hiking and biking in Denver and Boulder will allow participants to see Colorado’s sustainability from multiple perspectives.

When: Saturday morning, October 6, 2018, through Monday night, October 8, 2018 (Long Weekend)

What: Planned activities include:

  • Meeting with political, business and non-profit leaders, such as the 2018 Colorado Chef of the Year and owner of The Bindery, an ultra-efficient, contemporary restaurant in Denver’s revitalized Highlands neighborhood. 
  • Touring the GrowHaus, a nonprofit indoor farm in north Denver dedicated to food production, food education and food distribution.
  • Hiking in Boulder’s historic Chautauqua Park.

Trip Directors:

CSB-SJU Professor Emeritus of Economics and Environmental Studies, Ernie Diedrich, will lead the study tour along with Matt Lindstrom, CSB/SJU Professor of Political Science and director of the McCarthy Center. Professor Diedrich co-founded the Environmental Studies Department at CSB/SJU and has interests in green design, sustainable urban planning, and environmental economics.

Cost: $300, includes airfare, lodging, local transportation, activity costs and the majority of meals. Scholarship requests will be considered upon completion of THIS FORM.

All majors and minors are invited to apply!

Follow the link here for the application. Applicants must also provide a one-page resume. Applications are due on or before Friday, September 14.  


Dr. Matt Lindstrom and Bob Bell led a study group to New York City from May 15-20, 2018. Through this study tour, students were able to meet with industry leaders in finance, politics, and media along with exploring other industries through personalized site visits. 

McCarthy Center Director Matt Lindstrom and Interim Director Bob Bell with students on the 2018 NYC Study Tour.   President Hinton with the McCarthy Center NYC Study Tour as they met with Katie Couric.