Global Poverty & Practice

Affiliated Faculty

The Global Poverty and Practice Minor trains students in the study and analysis of global poverty. Launched in 2007, it provides the theoretical frameworks, methods and skills, and creative opportunities necessary for students to participate in forms of practice that engage global poverty in imaginative and practical ways. The Minor explores the ethics of global citizenship and the role that UC Berkeley undergraduates play in understanding and addressing some of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to undertake the Minor and investigate the ways in which the requirements supplement the major field of study.

Completing the Minor:
For more information on completing the GPP Minor, please consult the GPP Minor website, the GPP Minor Declaration Form, or contact a Global Poverty and Practice advisor at the Blum Center for Developing Economies (

More information:
This description is for introductory purposes only. Students interested in completing a minor in GPP should consult the GPP Minor website.

Minor Requirements

Lower Division:

Foreign Language:

Upper Division:

5 courses + Field Experience

Core Courses: 2 upper-division courses which provide foundational understanding of development, poverty, and inequality.

  • GPP 115: Global Poverty: Challenges and Hopes in the New Millennium
  • IAS 105: The Ethics, Methods, and Pragmatics of Global Practice

Directed Electives: Two upper-division courses, one chosen from each of the two categories listed below. Consult the GPP Minor Handbook for relevant course list.

  • Global and Area Studies
  • Sectors and Methods

Practice: an individualized global engagement field experience, and a formal reflection course. Consult the GPP Minor Handbook for details.


    For intended Political Economy majors only:

The workshop consists of a video and a short quiz. Click here for the online Major Declaration Workshop.

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