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!

FORMS AND RESOURCES

Getting Started

Review the following materials to get to know the Minor and its requirements in more detail. Pay particular attention to the Minor Checklist - this is a road map of the steps to follow to complete the minor.

Course Requirements

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 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

** Please note: we will not be offering the internship course (HIST 196SJ/GLOBL 177SJ) this Summer. You can still pursue an internship by arranging an independent study course supervised by a faculty member (that you secure in advance).

You will need to receive approval of the proposed internship site and course by submitting this form no later than May 17th, 2021.

We will then review the information and let you know about the internship's eligibility towards the minor's internship requirement. Should your internship be approved, the Internship Coordinator will review the forms listed below with you:

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