The Grand Challenge Curriculum launched in Fall 2015 in support of the University of Minnesota strategic plan.

Expanded research and curriculum addressing Grand Challenges is a key component of Driving Tomorrow, the Strategic Plan for the Twin Cities Campus. It reflects the overarching goal of creating a more agile, more integrated, and deeply engaged 21st-century research university.

The Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) addresses important global challenges through a solution-driven interdisciplinary approach to learning. GCC courses are taught by cross-disciplinary instructors who bring unique perspectives to each 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 course offerings are developed on an ongoing basis by University of Minnesota faculty to engage students in complex global challenges. Thus far, course topics have included renewable energy, climate change, global health, reconciliation and justice, fracking, and more!

Each Grand Challenge Course:

  • focuses on a global challenge
  • is 3 credits
  • fulfills a Liberal Education Theme requirement
  • counts as an Honors experience
  • is co-taught by outstanding, cross-disciplinary faculty