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 connect with the sociology undergraduate advisor to review and complete the declaration process. For details, please review the Sociology Department webpage.

Course Requirements

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

Lower-Division Courses

Lower-division preparation:

SOCY 30AIntroduction to Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies


Upper-Division Courses

Upper-division GISES core courses:

SOCY 107ADesigning ICT Projects for Social Enterprise


SOCY 107BProject 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 Sociology Department page.

Project practicum:

Students must enroll in SOCY 196G, Project Practicum, and complete their GISES capstone project. SOCY 196G is offered every fall quarter. Students may review the GISES webpage, or contact the program director of GISES ( for more detailed guidelines regarding the GISES capstone project. Prior to enrolling in SOCY 196G, students must have completed SOCY 107A and SOCY 107B, which prepares and supports students in completing a project that makes a contribution to advancing a solution to a problem associated with global social justice and/or sustainable development. To complete the final requirements for GISES, the integrated project practicum—narrative and digital deliverable—must be mounted on the appropriate web-enabled database managed by the Everett Program.