Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (GISES) Minor

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Important Notes:

Students should also refer to the Everett Program website for information and project examples. The Everett Program is an option for any student, regardless of their major or minor. Through the Sociology department you can make the Everett Program into a major or the below GISES minor. Students must be declared in a major prior to declaring a minor.

Students who are in their senior year and starting the SOCY 30A/107A/107B series must speak with the Everett Program ( to determine if completion of the program by your expected graduation term is possible. SOCY 196G, the Project Practicum requirement, is offered Fall quarter only and must be taken after completing SOCY 107B. This places your graduation in Fall quarter, after the commencement ceremony in Spring quarter. Please contact the Undergraduate Advisor if you have any questions.

Students who are already majoring in Sociology BA, may NOT add GISES as a minor, instead this program is already combined in the Sociology BA with concentration in GISES.

Students should also note that UCSC does not include minor information on a diploma. However, your transcripts will reflect all declared programs.


Minor Requirements

ONE Lower-Division Course Required to Qualify for the Minor

To be eligible to declare the minor: students must already be declared in a major, must pass SOCY 30A with a grade of C or better, and receive approval to continue with the program to SOCY 107A in Winter quarter. The approval process takes place near the end of SOCY 30A and students who are approved to continue with the program will receive a permission code for SOCY 107A.

  • SOCY 30A Introduction to Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (PE-T GE) - Offered Fall


TWO Upper-Division GISES Core Courses

The following two courses must be completed in Winter and Spring immediately following SOCY 30A

  • SOCY 107A Designing ICT Projects for Social Enterprise - Offered Winter
  • SOCY 107B Project Implementation and Grant Writing (3 units) - Offered Spring


THREE Upper-Division Elective Courses:

Any combination of the following options may be used to satisfy the three upper-division electives in this minor:

  • UCSC Sociology Department upper-division electives, numbered SOCY 110-189,
  • Upper-division electives from this list of approved electives from other departments.
  • 5-unit Independent Studies taken with Professor Chris Benner are approved to count as upper-division electives.
  • SOCY 107F taken three times (six units total) can count towards one upper-division elective
  • All other courses must be petitioned. Electives must be upper-division and 5 units at UCSC (abroad courses may carry different units). If you are petitioning a new course for approval, please complete this online form. 

ONE Project Practicum

  • Students must complete a GISES capstone project, SOCY 196G Project Practicum, offered Fall quarter only. Prerequisite: SOCY 107B


Prior Catalog - Minor Worksheets

Download the minor worksheet (PDF) for the catalog year you are following.