Higher education has responded to the need for citizens to develop a global commons mindset by working to encourage in students both a sense of civic engagement and a realization that today's citizens are, by necessity, global citizens. Efforts to encourage a sense of global citizenry and civic engagement are aided by appropriately designed interdisciplinary courses. Two such courses have been developed and offered at the Stark Campus in recent years. One of these courses explores the continuing devastation of HIV-AIDS worldwide and has involved individuals from the fields of biology, history, education, and psychology in exploring the nature of the disease and its sociological implications. The second course targets the issue of genocides with a goal of expanding students' understanding of the historical and psychological roots of a variety of conflicts. Both courses will be explored in terms of their goals, structure, effectiveness, and future directions.