Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Wicked Problems Minor (E, L)

The Wicked Problems Minor is an interdisciplinary collaboration by Political Science and Philosophy and Religious Studies to engage students in problem-based learning with a focus on problems which are persistent and complex, or “wicked,” and of a public nature, problems such as climate change, inequality, poverty, and world hunger.  The minor puts students in the position of authority as growing experts on social and political problems, particularly through the co-curricular campus-based Wicked Festival.  Finally, it tasks students with finding solutions to the problems they identify. 

REAL Curriculum

This major fulfills the E and L areas of the REAL Curriculum.  Students in this minor will be able to: (E) Research wicked problems and posit potential solutions via humanistic inquiry or artistic creativity, (L) Explore professional practice (such as research and public presentation) in researching and solving persistent public problems through the application of knowledge, skills, and critical reflection. Students need further majors and/or minors to fulfill the R and A areas to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

General Education Requirements

General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Wicked Problems minor includes 6-12 general education credits.

Minor Requirements (18 credits)

Total Credits Needed for Minor 18