GCC Courses

The Grand Challenge Curriculum offers a number of different courses each semester. This is a list of all active GCC courses.

Living in Hyper-Change Times

What's Truth Got to Do with It? The Challenge of Responsibly Navigating the 21st Century Media Environment

Sustainable Development with Environmental Justice

Ethics, Society, and Contemporary Biotechnologies

Art + Health Justice: Building Community Resilience

Rare Diseases: What it Takes to Be a Medical Orphan

Environmental Grand Challenges: What Impact Will You Have?

Ways of Knowing Science

Introduction to Ecosystem Health: Challenges at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health

Can We Feed the World Without Destroying It?

Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues

The Fracking Boom - Promises and Challenges of the Hydrocarbon Renaissance

Innovation for the Public Good: Design for a Disrupted World

Toward Conquest of Disease

Pathways to Renewable Energy

Making Sense of Climate Change: Science, Art, and Agency

The Future of Work and Life in the 21st Century

Bioinspired Approaches to Sustainability – Greening Technologies and Lives

Science and Society: Working Together to Avoid the Antibiotic Resistance Apocalypse

World Food Problems: Agronomics, Economics, and Hunger

What American Dream? Children of the Social Class Divide

The Achievement Gap: Who's to Blame?

11 Billion People: How Long Can the Planet Sustain Humanity?

Seeking the Good Life at the End of the World: Sustainability in the 21st Century

Stepping Into the Gap: How can you support diversity in STEM?

Power Systems Journey: Making the Invisible Visible and Actionable

Harnessing the Power of Research, Community, Clinic, and Policy to Build a Culture of Health

What is Human Agency? Scientific & Philosophical Perspectives

The Global Climate Challenge: Creating an Empowered Movement for Change

Ecosystem Health: Leadership at the Intersection of Humans, Animals, and the Environment

Advancing Health Equity: The Structural Determination of Health at Home and Abroad

Child Labor: Work, Education, and Human Rights in Global Historical Perspective

Seeking Connection through Decolonization: The power of  indigenous languages and place-based knowledge in the face of racism

Wealth and Inequality: Past, Present, and Future

Human Threats to Ocean Health

Creative Thinking: Strategies to Enhance Creative Capital in Society

Just Education: The Role of Higher Education in Disrupting Mass Incarceration

Regenerative Game Studio: Playing For the Future

Policy and Science of Global Environmental Change

The Human Experience of Sensory Loss: Seeking Equitable and Effective Solutions

How can we Transition Minnesota to a Carbon-Free Economy?

Knowledge to Impact: Creating Action with Your Grand Challenge Project Idea