Achievement System

Throughout their time as undergraduates, students in this program develop and put into practice a set of scaffolded competencies. These competencies are shaped through three phases:

Phase 1 — Exploration

In this phase, students aim to become more self-aware, more comfortable in contexts of cultural difference, and more mindful of the conditions and challenges faced by others.

This phase of the program offers an opportunity for you to

  • push the boundaries of your experience, knowledge, and capabilities
  • forge new relationships and expand into new communities
  • take up leadership roles, and support the leadership of others
  • seek ways to reach out to and foster the growth of others
  • define your passions
  • find your pathways of transformation 

Phase 2 — Immersion

Students who complete the Exploration phase by demonstrating their growth and development earn Full Status as Citizen Scholars, They become eligible for funding to support an immersive learning experience, and they engage in experiences that are more challenging, more explicitly directed toward their chosen goals, and more specifically supportive of their development as engaged, active members of society.

In this phase you propose an immersive learning experience that

  • fulfills your academic and personal learning objectives
  • moves you forward in the development of your CS competencies
  • links you to faculty and other students in new ways
  • helps you expand your professional and civic engagement networks

You will also develop a discovery project in which you

  • define a problem, concern, question, or issue relating to social justice
  • consult with program mentors and other faculty and students about the issue
  • plan and undertake the discovery (research) needed to address your focus-issue, under the guidance of one or more approved mentors

Phase 3 — Implementation

In the third phase of the CS Program, you will put your growing competencies and commitment to positive social transformation into action in a deliberate, meaningful, and socially significant way.

In this phase you will

  • create a publicly-accessible presentation that makes your Phase 2 discovery project artifact available to others beyond MSU
  • plan and collaborate on a community engagement project, in which you work with a team of students, faculty, and community members toward making a tangible difference in the world

Four Major Themes

These phases cover four major themes:


2world.svgGlobal Awareness: 

appreciation of and respect for cultures, values, and practices different from your own; purposeful, respectful interaction with those from different cultures and backgrounds; basic understanding of connections between local and global conditions; basic understanding of how national policies and practices affect global social, economic, and political dynamics and conditions


2glass.svgDiscovery and Interpretation: 

awareness that different audiences respond differently to ideas, communications, and interactions; ability to use communication strategies and media appropriately to reach different audiences; ability to discover, evaluate, and use evidence to support well-reasoned arguments; ability to identify and explore a significant social or political issue; ability to create a public-oriented presentation of your discoveries


2network.svgConnecting and Facilitating: 

ability to recognize your own knowledge, skills, and insights, and to explain how they apply to different contexts and conditions; ability to effectively and thoughtfully put your capabilities into practice in academic and non-academic contexts; ability to recognize the knowledge, skills, and insights of others; ability to collaborate effectively with others, and to facilitate their participation in planning, developing, and carrying out ideas and projects


2growth.svgCivic Engagement: 

understanding of how people’s participation in civic life is shaped by broader questions of access, opportunity, and equity; understanding of how to engage ethically with community partners; ability to identify and connect with community partners, and communicate effectively across differences to plan and implement a community engagement project