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 the campus strategic plan. It reflects the overarching goal of creating a more agile, more integrated, and deeply engaged 21st-century research university, aligned with Driving Tomorrow, the Strategic Plan for the Twin Cities Campus.

The Grand Challenge 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 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 problems. 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 issue
  • is 3 credits
  • fulfills a Liberal Education Theme requirement
  • counts as an Honors experience
  • co-taught by outstanding, cross-disciplinary faculty