Student-Originated Studies: Social Sciences, History, Multiculturalism/Diversity


Winter 2016 quarter

Taught by

education, history, political economy

This Student-Originated Studies program is an opportunity for students to do intermediate to advanced work in topics in the social sciences and history. Students will work in small groups or independently on their own in-depth projects or areas of study and may include an internship component if the student has already researched and started the process to get approval from an outside agency with an identified supervisor. Priority is given to students who want to learn about diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. The format of this program includes weekly meetings to discuss particular assignments and updates on student work.

Students should anticipate meeting on Wednesday mornings Weeks 1-4 and 6-9 with their peers and faculty to report on their studies and to receive critical feedback and recommendations for further study.  Students will need to be available for individual conferences with the faculty Weeks 5 and Evaluation Week.  Students should also anticipate the requirement to upload assignments on a weekly basis that indicate academic progress toward a final project.  The final project must be uploaded during Week 10.  Prior to their final evaluation conference with the faculty, students must upload a self-evaluation of their learning.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

social sciences, history, law, and education.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: First winter class meeting : Wednesday, January 6 at 9:30am (Lib 2708).  Additional meeting schedules created in collaboration with the faculty.


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Online Learning

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

Special Expenses

Students may have extra expenses that they take upon themselves if they are involved in travel or an internship at another location.

Internship Possibilities

An internship component is possible if (1) related to theme of this student originated studies program and (2) the student has already researched and started the process to get approval from an outside agency with an identified supervisor.  Students pursuing this option must complete an in-program Internship Learning Contract in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising. Please go to Individual Study for more information.


Date Revision
October 29th, 2015 Description has been updated.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Winter)

Variable Credit Options

Variable credit options available with faculty approval.

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


Signature Required

Students must (a) create a 1-2 paragraph description of the proposed project and (b) develop a weekly outline of what they intend to accomplish for each of the 10 weeks during the quarter. For approval of their proposed projects, students must contact the faculty before the end of the Fall 2015 quarter . The best time to contact the faculty is at the Academic Fair on December 2 or set up an appointment via email ( ).

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16 credits): 20144
(1-16 credits): 20312

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