Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action at Evergreen

Fall 2015 quarter

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This Student-Originated Studies program is intended for students interested in psychology, health, sustainability, and community development who have made arrangements to carry out a project in a community-based setting, such as health care agencies, schools, and organizations. The range of academic/community work 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 enriches 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 up to 25 hours a week, for up to 10 credits. Four academic credits will be awarded for seminar work on community-based studies and social science writing. Students with less than 10 credits of internship may supplement their project with accompanying research, reading, and writing associated with their community work.

The program also includes a required weekly program meeting that will focus on social science writing, community-based learning, and integrating theory and practice. Students will also organize small interest/support groups to discuss issues related to their specific projects and to collaborate on a presentation at the end of the quarter. Students will submit weekly written progress/reflection reports to the faculty sponsor. Contact faculty member Mukti Khanna if further information is needed.

The program is connected to Evergreen's Center for Community-Based Learning and Action (CCBLA), which supports learning about, engaging with, and contributing to community life in the region. As such, this program benefits from the rich resource library, staff, internship suggestions, and workshops offered through the Center.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

psychology, education, and health.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

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Required Fees

$25 for art supplies to be used for mind mapping and other reflective processes to integrate learning.

Internship Required

Students must complete an In-program Internship Learning Contract in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising. Contact Academic Advising if questions arise about this online form.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


Signature Required

Students must submit a Project Proposal form available from Mukti Khanna,

Course Reference Number

So - Sr (16 credits): 10192

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