Change Agents: Creating Pathways in Uncertain Times

Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters

Taught by

environmental studies, public policy
poetry and literary arts, community studies/Middle East studies, journalism
environmental science, environmental health, aquatic ecology
law, creative writing, literature
law, political science
computer studies
political economy
mathematics, 3-D modeling
biology, Chinese cultural studies, molecular pharmacology
sociology, cultural and media studies


Prospective students must attend an intake interview. For information about admission and the application process call (253) 680-3000.

This program will focus on developing strategies for creating and navigating change as we look toward the future. The goal is to enhance students' capacities to respond to and promote change on personal and institutional levels. Within this context, students will study historical trends and contemporary practices that will shape and impact their future endeavors. By analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of existing models, students will develop proactive interventions to address pressing community problems.

The topic of change will be approached through studies in philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, political economy, scientific inquiry, environmental studies, law, literature, visual/media arts, mathematics, and logic. Students will enhance their knowledge with skill development in the following areas: writing, mathematical reasoning, media literacy, multimedia technology, statistics, public speaking, and organizational and community development.

During the fall, students will explore historical and philosophical traditions that inform efforts to design pathways for future possibilities. This includes investigating personal and societal notions of the natural and social worlds as portrayed through arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

During the winter, students will utilize an interdisciplinary approach to explore and understand contemporary models of change. This includes researching specific community-based problems and identifying proactive strategies that address such concerns.

During the spring, students will investigate successful models of change to extrapolate how such models might be useful, but also might be limited in their capacity to address future possibilities, and to propose proactive community-based interventions tailored to specific community concerns.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

community development, organizational development, law and public policy, education, social and human services, public administration, communication and media arts, environmental studies, and public health.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day and Evening

Advertised schedule: All students attend Tuesdays and two additional days. A standard schedule consists of the core Lyceum course offered on Tuesdays (6 credits) and two 5-credit classes offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This program is offered day (10am-2pm) and evening (6pm-10pm).


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Required Fees

$10 per quarter for entrance fees.

Special Expenses

Approximately $50-$100 per quarter for media, lab, and/or storage supplies.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 200


Course Reference Numbers

Day (16 credits): 10047
Day (1-16 credits): 10048
Evening (16 credits): 10049
Evening (1-16 credits): 10050

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Accepting New Students

Course Reference Numbers

Day (16 credits): 20020
Day (1-16 credits): 20021
Evening (16 credits): 20023
Evening (1-16 credits): 20024

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Accepting New Students

Course Reference Numbers

Day (16 credits): 30015
Day (1-16 credits): 30016
Evening (16 credits): 30017
Evening (1-16 credits): 30018

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