Grand Challenge Seminars
The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences has long infused applied and theoretical research into its curriculum across disciplines, with an emphasis on analyzing real-world problems. Building on this tradition, the Grand Challenge Seminars are co-taught by multiple faculty members from a wide range of disciplines to first-year students on topics that will affect students' lives in the 21st century.
- Artificial Intelligence & Humanity
- Climate Change
- Feeding the World. Feeding Ourselves.
- Inequality: Economic, Political and Social
- Political Rhetoric
- Shifting a Culture: Gender-Based Violence
- Thinking with Evidence: Data, Scientific Discover and Society
Goals of the Seminars
- Students will learn basic methods and approaches to problem solving with an emphasis on application in real world scenarios.
- Faculty will teach argumentation techniques in a variety of disciplines through active reading practices.
- Students will have the opportunity to practice their written and verbal communication skills.
- Because of low faculty-to-student ratios of 1:16, students will build community with their peers and faculty, regardless of seminar size.
- Either in person or with technological tools, students will be taught how to use collaborative practices through small group work.
- Through field trips, events and engaging with guest speakers, students and faculty will develop enriching relationships with CMU’s campus, Pittsburgh and wider communities.