Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action


Spring 2016 quarter

Taught by

geography, environmental studies

This Student-Originated Studies (SOS) program is intended for upper-level students with a background in community-based learning, who have made arrangements to carry out a focused project within an organized community center, workshop, agency, organization, or school setting. Community projects are to be carried out through internships, mentoring situations, or apprenticeships that support students’ interests in community development. Students will submit weekly written progress/reflection reports, and will meet as a whole group in a weekly seminar on Wednesday mornings to share successes and challenges, and to discuss occasional short readings. Students will also organize small interest/support groups to discuss their specific projects and to collaborate on a final presentation. Occasionally, seminars will be replaced with relevant campus and community workshops or events. The program is connected to Evergreen's Center for Community-Based Learning and Action (CCBLA). As such, this program benefits from the rich resource library, staff, internship suggestions, and workshops offered through the Center.

The range of activities suited to this program includes working in an official capacity as an intern with defined duties at a community agency, organization, or school; working with one or more community members (elders, mentors, artists, teachers, skilled laborers, community organizers) to learn about a special line of work or skills that enrich the community as a whole; or designing a community action plan or case study aimed at problem solving a particular community challenge or need.

A combination of internship and academic credit will be awarded in this program. Students may arrange an internship of up to 30 hours a week for a 12-credit internship. Four academic credits will be awarded for seminar participation and weekly journal writing. Students may distribute their program credits to include less than 12 credits of internship when accompanying research, reading, and writing credits associated with their community work are included.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

This student-originated studies program will provide knowledge, contacts, and essential experience for students interested in working on a wide variety of community issues in the future.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day, Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule: First spring class meeting: Wednesday, March 30 at 9am (Longhouse 1007A)


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Internship Required

Students must complete an in-program Internship Learning Contract in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising in preparation for internships with community organizations and agencies. Please go to Individual Study for more information.


Date Revision
February 22nd, 2016 Correction regarding internship: Students may arrange an internship of up to 30 hours a week for a 12-credit internship (not 36).
December 18th, 2015 Signature requirement updated.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


Signature Required

Students interested in this program must complete a project proposal form found at . The completed form will automatically be sent to faculty member Ted Whitesell for his review and approval. All students are required to submit an online in-program internship form found at my.evergreen.eduIt is very important that you carefully follow the instructions found here .  Contact Academic Advising if questions arise about this online form.

Course Reference Numbers

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 30116
Jr - Sr (1-16 credits): 30384

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