GPP Handbook

Please refer to the GPP Handbook for a comprehensive summary of minor academic requirements, sample course timelines, and practice experience resources. 

Declaring the Minor

Students submit a GPP Minor Declaration of Intent form online and speak with a GPP advisor during drop-in advising to declare the minor.

The deadline to declare the minor this Spring is: Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

GPP Minor Courses

The Global Poverty and Practice Minor is organized around three core and two elective course requirements in addition to the Practice Experience. The requirements must be completed in the following sequence:

  • GPP 115
  • GPP 105
  • Practice Experience
  • Reflection Course

Required elective courses listed below may be taken at any time during that sequence, but will most benefit students if taken prior to the Practice Experience.

Required Core Sequence

GPP 115: Global Poverty: Challenges and Hopes in the New Millennium
Students will participate in the key theoretical debates about global poverty and inequality. This course will teach students about different models of poverty alleviation and methods for evaluating such models and practices. (4 units, offered fall semester and summer session)

GPP 105: The Ethics, Methods and Pragmatics of Global Practice
Open to declared GPP Minor students only
This course will expose students to a diversity of methodological frameworks and techniques and will also allow students to discuss, reflect upon, and debate the ethics of global citizenship. Students will work on projects and assignments that support preparation for their Minor Practice Experience. (4 units, offered fall and spring semester)

Practice Experience
An individualized global engagement Practice Experience is the signature element of the minor, providing an opportunity for students to connect the theory and practice of poverty and its alleviation. This Practice Experience can take place domestically or internationally.

The minimum time expected for the Practice Experience is 240 hours in the field over the course of at least 6 weeks. Field work completed prior to a student beginning GPP 105, while valuable to the overall educational experience, will not be considered for the Minor’s Practice requirement.

Capstone Reflection Course
Students can complete the capstone requirement of the GPP Minor through one of the following options:

a) GPP 196: Reflection Course/ Group Seminar
Students reflect on their Practice Experience and explore how issues of global poverty and inequality will shape their future academic, personal, and career paths. The course challenges students to express what they have learned through public forums of debate such as op-eds, and allows students to develop practical skills through writing organizational reports. (3 units, offered fall and spring semester)

b) Complete a Thesis Course
Students who are completing a thesis seminar as a capstone for their major can utilize this course to also fulfill the Minor capstone. To pursue this option, the thesis needs to meaningfully integrate a scholarly, pragmatic, or personal reflection of the student’s Practice Experience in his/her major field of study. Many students choosing to complete a thesis find it beneficial to also complete GPP 196 because of the support it provides for reflection on the Practice Experience. Students who use their major thesis to fulfill the Capstone Reflection requirement for the minor may not overlap any additional courses between their major and minor.

Two Directed Electives

Each student must take two directed electives that relate to the region and sector/method focus of their Practice Experience.

Directed Elective 1: Global and Area Studies
This elective prepares students for exploring poverty and poverty alleviation in a specific geographical or global context in which poverty and poverty action must be understood.

Directed Elective 2: Sectors and Methods
This elective trains students on the specific issues and skills associated with the many domains of poverty analysis and action.

View the approved Global and Area Studies and Sectors and Methods elective courses by semester:
Spring 2017
Fall 2017
Spring 2018
Fall 2018
Spring 2019
Fall 2019
Spring 2020
Fall 2020
Spring 2021
Fall 2021
Spring 2022
Fall 2022

*Students may only overlap one course between their Major and Minor.
**All courses must be upper division and taken for a letter grade.

Note: While language courses typically do not fulfill either of the elective requirements, we highly encourage students to take advantage of the many language courses offered at Cal to ensure they can adequately communicate with members of the community they will be working with for their intended practice experience.

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