Academics

Undergraduate Minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice

The Minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice provides students with the tools to understand the structural and political roots, dynamics and consequences of poverty and intersectional inequality; conduct original research; and engage meaningfully in efforts to address poverty through policy, practice and social action. The Minor is offered by the Department of History and is interdisciplinary in scope. It is affiliated with the UCSB Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy. Core components include 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. Learn more below!

KEY INFORMATION AND FORMS

Declaring the Minor

Thank you for your interest in the Minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice! Starting in Fall 2021, all interested students will need to submit an online application to be considered for the minor. Please see below for when your application window will open, and what prerequisites need to be fulfilled before applying.

For continuing students graduating in FOUR years:
- Prior Completion of History 74 and 1 upper division minor elective OR you may be enrolled in the elective at the time you apply
- Application Window: Winter Quarter of your THIRD year (1/1/22 - 3/31/22)

For continuing students graduating in THREE years:
- Prior Completion of History 74 and 1 upper division minor elective OR you may be enrolled in the elective at the time you apply
- Application Window: Winter Quarter of your SECOND year (1/1/22 - 3/31/22)

For Incoming Transfer Students:
- Prior Completion of History 74 OR currently enrolled in a future offering of History 74 (Summer or Fall)
- Prior Completion of 1 upper division minor elective OR you may be enrolled in the elective at the time you apply
- Application Window: Spring quarter of your FIRST year at UCSB (4/1/22-6/30/22)

For Seniors who want to declare right now:  Due to the rapidly growing demand for this minor, and in light of the size of our current cohort of rising seniors, we are not able to accept additional fourth year students into the minor. We are already at maximum capacity with our required internship and capstone courses, so we unfortunately cannot accommodate more students who plan to graduate by Spring 2022.

Important Considerations:
- History 74 will not have any enrollment restrictions moving forward.
- Submitting an application does not guarantee a spot in the minor.
- Be sure to thoroughly review the minor requirements (listed above and in the minor requirement sheet) before beginning your coursework. If you have any questions about the requirements, you can contact the history undergraduate advisor (Corey Carpenter, corey_carpenter@ucsb.edu) for help.

Additional information will be available shortly by consulting the documents below that are currently being updated:

  • Minor checklist (currently being updated)
  • Minor FAQ for Students (currently being updated)

Coursework

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.

The Internship

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 177SJ, or an equivalent course) to receive 4 units for their internship experience. Students can complete their internship through three pathways:

- 1) completing an internship through relevant campus programs (e.g. UCDC, UC Sacramento, or UCEAP);
- 2) proposing your own internship (which will need to be reviewed/approved);
- 3) using our internship list that includes local organizations with whom we have developed partnerships who accept interns each quarter. The latter list only becomes available roughly 4-5 weeks before the next quarter starts, and students subsequently apply during a set application time.

 

** Fall 2021 Internships: for students planning to complete the internship requirement of the MPISJ in Fall 2021, please complete this Minor Internship Preparation form. The deadline to complete this form is Thursday, July 29th. (Please review the important considerations below to ensure your eligibilty)

 
Internship Eligibility Requirements
- You must be a declared minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice before starting to look for an internship.
- You must have completed (or be enrolled in HIST 74 before starting your internship).
- You must have completed your internship before enrolling in the capstone seminar (HIST 174Q).
- Students are provided with information and guidance to facilitate finding an internship, but they are not guaranteed an internship placement.
 

For more information and key forms related to the internship, please see the documents below:

The Capstone Seminar

In the Capstone Seminar 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.

 

Learn More

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.

 

Economic Justice

HIST 74
Poverty, Inequality & Social Justice in Historical & Global Context (required)

GLOBAL 136
Global Economic Imbalances

POL 132
Politics of the Poor

ANTH 102
The Anthropology of Slavery over Time and Space

INTERNSHIP

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
or
UCSB Food Security and Basic Needs Taskforce

CAPSTONE SEMINAR PROJECT
Develop a TEDtalk-style presentation focused on an economic justice issue and your solution

Criminal Justice Reform

HIST 74
Poverty, Inequality & Social Justice in Historical & Global Context (required)

CH ST 171
The Brown/Black Metropolis: Race, Class and Resistance in the City

HIST 144J
Race & Juvenile Justice in U.S. History

CLASS 140
Slavery and Freedom in the Ancient World

INTERNSHIP
Freedom 4 Youth
or
UCSB Office of Student Conduct - Restorative Justice Program

CAPSTONE SEMINAR PROJECT
Policy reform proposal + Op-Ed related to a criminal justice reform issue

Social Movements & Social Change

HIST 74
Poverty, Inequality & Social Justice in Historical & Global Context (required)

CHT ST 169
Religion and Social Movements - Spirituality, Sacrifice, and the Struggle for Social Justice

HIST 144W
Women of Color and Social Movements in the United States

WRIT 105CW
Writing in Community

INTERNSHIP
The Fund for Santa Barbara
or
Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation (SBACT)

CAPSTONE SEMINAR PROJECT
Empirical research paper on how social movements organize for social change