Global Poverty & Practice Minor


One of the  largest minors on the UC Berkeley campus, the Global Poverty and Practice Minor trains students to critically approach key issues of poverty and inequality, equips them with methodologies and skills of engagement, and encourages the reflexivity necessary for meaningful practice.

Central to the Minor is a mandatory fieldwork opportunity in which students connect theories and practices of poverty alleviation and partner with non-governmental or community organizations, government agencies, or other poverty or development programs around the world for a minimum of six weeks. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in the Minor and investigate the ways in which it can supplement their major field of study.

For information about requirements for the minor:

Visit the Minor Requirements Page View the GPP Minor brochure


The signature element of the minor is a practice experience, in which students work either locally or internationally for a minimum of 6 weeks to make a meaningful contribution to an organization and/or community.

For more information about the Practice Experience:
Visit the Practice Experience Page

Read about some current student’s practice experiences here and see where students have completed their practice experiences below:
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Students wishing to pursue the Global Poverty and Practice Minor must submit a Minor Declaration of Intent Form. Students may declare without having taken any of the courses; additionally, there are no pre-requisites for the GPP Minor.

The declaration will allow the student to meet with advisors to discuss and plan for their practice experience. It will also give priority for enrollment in Blum Center sponsored courses and allow entry into the GPP 105 core course, which is open only to declared students.


Fall 2014 Deadline: October 7, 2014
Spring 2015 Deadline: March 4, 2015

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