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What are the GISES major/minor requirements?

GISES Major

Five Lower-Division Courses

  • SOCY 1 - Intro to Sociology
  • SOCY 15 - World Society
  • SOCY 30A - Intro to GISES
  • SOCY 30B - Designing ICT Projects for Social Enterprise
  • SOCY 30C - Project Implementation and Grant Writing

Note: A cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better in the above courses is required to declare the major & concentration. Students first declare the Sociology BA, then add the GISES concentration upon completing all courses & receiving approval from the Executive Director Chris Benner.

Two Lower-Division Core Courses

  • SOCY 3A - The Evaluation of Evidence (formerly SOCY 103B)
  • SOCY 3B - Statisitical Methods (formerly SOCY 103A)

Two Upper Division Core Courses

  • SOCY 105A - Classical Social Theory
  • SOCY 105B - Contemporary Social Theory

Six Upper-Division Elective Courses

The Intensive major allows more freedom in terms of where you may take your upper division electives. Specifically, you may choose any upper division elective to satisfy your major requirements. The rub lies in how these contribute to your project and/or your growth as a technology activist and/or technology linked social change advocate after graduation.

For more information on the electives and justification process, please consult the Electives Justification section of this site.

One Comprehensive Requirement

  1. Complete the Sociology Capstone Course. SOCY 196A, Capstone: The Sociologist as a Public Intellectual. 5-unit course offered Spring quarter only.

  2. Complete a Senior Thesis. Students must enroll in 10-15 units (SOCY 195A and B mandatory, 195C is optional) of independent study thesis coursework. Prerequisite: SOCY 3A, DC requirement and faculty approval.

GISES Minor

Four Lower-Division Courses

  • SOCY 15 - World Society*
  • SOCY 30A - Intro to GISES
  • SOCY 30B - Designing ICT Projects for Social Enterprise
  • SOCY 30C - Project Implementation and Grant Writing

Note: Students must complete the four courses listed above with grades of C or better and receive approval from the Program Directory in order to declare the minor.

Four Upper-Division Elective Courses

The Intensive major allows more freedom in terms of where you may take your upper division electives. Specifically, you may choose any upper division elective to satisfy your major requirements. The rub lies in how these contribute to your project and/or your growth as a technology activist and/or technology linked social change advocate after graduation.

For more information on the electives and justification process, please consult the Electives Justification section of this site.

Both Major and Minor

Both the major and minor require the completion of a project and accompanying project practicum. For more information of what this entails, keep reading the FAQ and then continue onto the Project Practicum Section.

When should I declare the GISES major/minor?

  • Declaration must happen after you have completed the full SOCY 30 Series.
  • Do not declare until you have your GISES proposal approved by the Everett Staff and Executive Director.
  • Students should declare the GISES major/minor if and only if they have a viable project on the way to being implemented, not before.

I’ve already done my project and I believe it satisfies the GISES requirements. Can I still declare GISES?

Yes

What is SOCY 196G?

This is the course you must enroll in with instructor approval in order to submit your Project Practicum. It is like an independent study course and does not meet every week. It describes a quarter in which you are expected to write and submit your Project Practicum. SOCY 196G allows you to obtain 5 units of course credit while working on your practicum. This is similar to the Sociology Senior Thesis courses, SOCY 195A,B,C.

What is a GISES Proposal?

A GISES Proposal is a well researched, edited, and polished project proposal that follows the guidelines laid out in the 30 series. It outlines the established need, problem background, implementation methodology, and evaluative measures. It also includes a statement of commitment from a partner organization and clearly defines the ICT value addition that the project is making.

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What is a partner organization?

A partner organization is a nonprofit, NGO, school, or civil society group that you have communicated with who is willing to allow you access to their org and/or constituents in order to implement a project. Your project must be clear to them and they must express support for its implementation.

What is an ICT Value Addition?

GISES projects must organically integrate an information and communication technology element to its social justice/sustainability mission. ICT components must not be “tacked on” but should be intrinsic to the project itself and address a specific social/organizational need.

Specific technology will vary but must reflect a level of sophistication on par with what is taught in the Everett tech labs above the level of Tech Essentials. Note that this does not mean that GISES projects must incorporate any specific technology learned in Everett tech labs.

Some examples of a real ICT Value Addition
  • A new website for the organization that assists them in their mission
  • A polished, well produced promotional video to be used in a larger awareness or fundraising campaign, complete with a well developed strategic plan for how the video will be used
  • Construction of an app of some demonstrable use to the org
  • Implementation of a comprehensive constituent relations model (CRM) that will demonstrably improve operation of an org
  • A comprehensive "tech plumbing" project that introduces a myriad of needed technologogical fixes and improvements
  • A sophisticated social media overhaul and strategic plan complete with trainings and documentation for all stakeholders in said campaign

What is the Project Practicum?

The Project Practicum is an "honors quality" analysis of your completed project. It must demonstrate your project’s unambiguous contribution to advancing a solution to a problem associated with global social justice and/or sustainable development as well as clearly detailing the specific ICT value addition.

Ideally, a future Everett student could examine your Project Practicum and be able to replicate a similar project.

What should be in the Project Practicum?

The practicum must contain a brief natural history of the problem, followed by a coherent project narrative which details the implementation of the project and thorough analysis and evaluation of its results. Include any unexpected developments, challenges, or ways that the project changed due to circumstance during its implementation.

This site contains a full guide on how to write and submit the Project Practicum. Please refer to the Practicum Section.

What does “Honors Quality" mean?

Honors work is that which goes above and beyond the expected standard for an undergraduate student. It is free of padding and reflects a high level of polish. It is something you would be proud to submit as a writing sample to grad school.