Proposed Minor in Science and Societal Change

The proposed "Science & Social Change" minor will equip students to use science knowledge and scientific approaches to tackle the complex global challenges facing today's world.

Defining Characteristics

To develop this minor, SPI held a Student Summit to get design recommendations and feedback from former students. In their view, SPI has the following defining characteristics that should form the core qualities of the minor:

  • Hands-on projects that require learning new theory, conducting research and applying a broad range of classroom skills
  • Teamwork and group dynamics that foster interdisciplinary peer-to-peer learning
  • Real-world relevance that applies academic theory to solve complex challenges
  • Opportunities to make an impact

Students identified these as the characteristics that make SPI courses "life changing" and "unlike any other course at Georgetown" and enable students to become "change agents".

Curriculum Overview

Students pursuing the new Minor in Science & Social Change will move between 3 inter-connected components as they acquire and apply knowledgecreate real-world solutions, and have a real-world impact. Each of these core competencies will have a different emphasis depending on what component a student is working in, and the shading below represents how the core competencies are emphasized across the arch of the minor.