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.

Application requirements:

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, or the Blum Center's assistant director Dr. Kashia Arnold (

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.

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 196SJ, 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. The latter list only becomes available roughly 4-5 weeks before the next quarter starts, and students subsequently apply during a set application time.
*** Winter 2023 Internships: for those interested in an internship for the Winter 2023 Quarter you must submit this form no later than Tuesday, October 25th, 2022. Your information will be reviewed and you will be contacted with instructions for the next steps to complete to secure an internship position prior to enrolling in HIST 196SJ/GLOBL 196SJ. 

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

Internship Eligibility Requirements
- You must be a declared minor in Poverty, Inequality, and Social Justice before starting to look for an internship;
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:


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.

Learn More about the Capstone Project Experience

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

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

Global Economic Imbalances

POL 132
Politics of the Poor

ANTH 102
The Anthropology of Slavery over Time and Space


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

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

Criminal Justice Reform

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

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

Race & Juvenile Justice in U.S. History

Slavery and Freedom in the Ancient World

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

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

Social Movements & Social Change

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

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

Women of Color and Social Movements in the United States

Writing in Community

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

Empirical research paper on how social movements organize for social change