Expanded research and curriculum addressing Grand Challenges is a key component of the Twin Cities campus strategic plan—part of the overarching goal of creating a more agile, integrated, and deeply engaged 21st-century research university. Courses within the Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) address important global and societal issues through solution-oriented, interdisciplinary approaches to learning.
GCC courses may be offered as freshman seminars or upper division (3xxx/5xxx) courses. The table below summarizes key similarities and differences of GCC freshman seminars and courses. Click here to propose a GCC freshman seminar and here to propose a GCC course.
Grand Challenge Curriculum: Freshman Seminars and upper division course comparison
|GCC FSEM||GCC 3xxx/5xxx Course|
|Instruction||Taught by a single faculty members (or more if desired).||Taught by 2-3 faculty from different departments.|
|Interdisciplinary||Faculty intentionally bring interdisciplinary perspectives into the course (e.g. readings, guest speakers).||Interdisciplinarity central to the course and engaged regularly with distinct faculty perspectives and course material.|
|Curriculum integration||Elective credit. May meet an LE theme requirement.||Meet an LE Theme requirement and may fulfill major requirements.|
|Number of credits||2-3||3|
|Prerequisites||First-year students.||Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Grad students.|