Students must take one course prior to petitioning for entry to the GISES minor: SOCY 30A, Introduction to Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies. In order to declare the GISES minor, students must first have declared a major and must also meet with the sociology undergraduate advisor to review and complete the Major/Minor declaration form.

Course Requirements

Students minoring in GISES are required to complete the following courses and requirements:

Lower-Division Courses

Lower-division preparation:

SOCY30AIntroduction to Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies


Upper-Division Courses

Upper-division GISES core courses:

SOCY107ADesigning ICT Projects for Social Enterprise


SOCY107BProject Implementation and Grant Writing for Social Entrepreneurs


Upper-division advanced coursework:

Three additional upper-division electives are required, selected from the Sociology Department elective courses, Sociology 110-189, or from the list of approved courses. Students are strongly recommended to consult with the director of GISES before choosing their electives, to ensure that their choices contribute to their selected project and/or their growth as a technology activist or technology linked social change advocate. Courses outside the list of approved courses may also be approved by the director of GISES. For more information on the process students must follow to have their courses approved, please visit the Everett Program webpage.

Project practicum:

Students must enroll in SOCY 196G, Project Practicum and complete their GISES capstone project. Contact the director of GISES or the Sociology Department undergraduate adviser for more detailed guidelines regarding the GISES capstone project. Prior to enrolling in SOCY 196G, students are required to submit electronically a one-page polished and concise summary of the GISES capstone project that will be the focus of their project practicum. This project summary constitutes a prerequisite for enrolling in SOCY 196G.

The final GISES capstone project must make an unambiguous contribution to advancing a solution to a problem associated with global social justice and/or sustainable development. The project must be associated with a real, viable civil society organization, community organization, school or non-governmental organization (NGO). To complete the final requirements for a GISES major or minor, the integrated project—narrative and digital deliverable—must be mounted on the appropriate web-enabled database managed by the Everett Program.