2023-24 PISJ MINOR APPLICATION
Thank you for your interest in the Minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice! All interested students must now submit an online application to be considered for the minor. Application periods vary based on students' anticipated graduation year and freshman/transfer status.
The application window for the Minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice will open during the 2023 Winter Quarter beginning on Wednesday, February 1st and close on Tuesday, February 28th at 11:59pm PST.
Zoom information sessions for how to apply to the Minor will be held in January. Please check back for more dates and details.
Incoming or current transfer students must have completed OR be currently enrolled in the following:
1. History 74
2. At least one upper-division minor elective. All interested students must submit an online application to be considered for the minor. Application periods vary based on students' anticipated graduation year.
** For questions, please contact the Minor’s advisor Tiffany Lei, email@example.com or the Blum Center's assistant director Dr. Kashia Arnold (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interested in more information about the Minor? Please consult the documents below:
Interested in more information about the minor? Please consult the linked documents below for the Minor checklist and frequently asked questions.
Not sure if you've already declared the minor?
Students can confirm they are declared in the minor by logging into GOLD, navigating to the yellow "registration" tab at the top of the screen, and looking for the MINOR/POVSJ notation in the bottom left-hand box titled "Additional Registration Information". See below for an example of what you should see in your GOLD account.
The core components of this Minor involve a gateway course on poverty, inequality and social justice in historical and global context, three upper division electives chosen from an interdisciplinary range of fields, an internship and a capstone course. See the Minor requirement sheet below for more details.
Course Sequencing: All declared minors MUST be able to take the History 174Q capstone seminar in their final Winter or Spring quarter at UCSB, and MUST be able to take the History 196SJ internship course after declaration and prior to enrolling in History 174Q. The internship and capstone courses cannot be taken at the same time.
Course Petitions: You can petition upper division classes not on the Minor requirement sheet to count towards your elective requirements. Any proposed course must touch on issues related to poverty, inequality, and social justice. To petition a course, please fill out this short online petition form and include the course syllabus. Please reach out to the instructor or department advisor for help obtaining the syllabus if you do not have it. Allow a few weeks for your course petition to be reviewed.
You can also consult this list of MPISJ Course Substitutions for upper division electives that have been pre-approved for this Minor. Please note that you are only allowed 5 units of upper division overlap between your Major and your Minor or between two Minors, and that the upper division electives for this Minor must be outside your home department.
Through this minor, students complete a 120 hour internship (over 10 weeks) with an organization working to address poverty and inequality. Students are also enrolled in an internship course (HIST 196SJ/GLOBL 196SJ, or an equivalent course) to receive 4 units for their internship experience. Students can complete their internship through three pathways:
You are also encouraged and welcome to contact Dr. Tristan Partridge, the Blum Center's Internship Coordinator and Instructor for the PISJ Minor. Dr. Partridge can be reached at email@example.com.
- You cannot take the internship and the capstone seminar at the same time (i.e. the internship must be completed before you take the capstone/HIST 174Q); and
- Students cannot receive retroactive credits for their internship (i.e. you must have your internship approved by our program before your start date if you are proposing your own internship).
For more information and key forms related to the internship, please see the documents below:
- Student Internship Guide
- Internship Learning Agreement Form
- Internship Student Evaluation Form
- Internship Supervisor Evaluation Form
The Capstone Seminar
In the Capstone Seminar (HIST 174Q) you will participate in faciliated discussions and in-depth reflections of what you have learned in the areas of poverty, inequality, and social justice from the interdisciplinary coursework and internship associated with the Minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice.
The signature point of the Seminar is the production of a final capstone project through which you will identify an issue, or set of insights, you would like to pursue in more depth. You can choose from a variety of mediums and platforms to share your research. You will develop this project throughout the quarter with regular feedback from your peers in the seminar.
Anything is Possible
What issues do you want to learn more about? What skills do you want to develop? What impact do you want to have?
The Minor in Poverty, Inequality and Social Justice allows you determine your own path based on your specific interests. There are no formal tracks for the Minor, but below are a few illustrative examples of thematic road maps you could pursue based on eligible electives and internship options.