Grand Challenges Curriculum

Expanded research and curriculum addressing Grand Challenges is a key component of the campus strategic plan. It reflects the overarching goal of creating a more agile, more integrated, and deeply engaged 21st-century research university.

The Grand Challenges Curriculum (GCC) addresses important global issues through a solution-driven, interdisciplinary approach to learning. GCC courses are taught by cross-disciplinary instructors who bring unique perspectives to the Grand Challenge being explored. Each course focuses on a particular global issue while also developing a foundational set of knowledge, skills, and values that can be applied across a range of potential Grand Challenge topics. GCC courses are taught by cross-disciplinary instructors who bring unique perspectives to the Grand Challenge being explored. 

View Short Video Showcasing the Grand Challenges Curriculum

 

Office for Undergraduate Education GCC Initiatives

The Office for Undergraduate Education (Provost Office) has collaborated with Twin Cities deans and faculty to develop Grand Challenge Curriculum courses, made available to students beginning in fall 2015. In 2015–16, 13 courses were offered addressing issues ranging from fracking to global hunger to reconciliation and justice, as well as disease, rivers and cities, climate change, and structural violence. View GCC courses.

  • Course proposals are invited throughout the year from both freshman-admitting colleges and professional schools. Submission deadlines for 2016-17 are as follows:
    • Fall 2017 course proposals will be accepted through December 15, 2016
    • Spring 2018 course proposals will be accepted through February 1, 2016.

The approval of GCC courses is based on guiding GCC Principles. All classes should address grand societal challenges, be taught from multiple disciplinary perspectives (by at least two faculty members), and promote active learning. 

For more information on GCC courses, contact Leslie Schiff. For information on the overall GCC program, contact Vice Provost Robert McMaster.

Visit Grand Challenge Curriculum site—Office for Undergraduate Education