Academics

NEW Undergraduate Minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice

The new 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.

The Internship

Your first step in the internship planning process is to fill out the online MINOR INTERNSHIP PREPARATION FORM.

The Minor Internship Coordinator will then schedule a meeting with you to review next steps, including the internship forms listed below. (Note - the Minor Internship Preparation form must be completed at least 6 weeks before your desired internship start date). ** If you have difficulties opening this online form, try using Safari as a web browser and be sure to be access this form while logged in through your UCSB student account in your web browser.

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