Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action

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Winter 2019 quarter

Taught by

human development, family studies, education

This program is connected to Evergreen's Center for Community-Based Learning and Action (CCBLA), a partnership of academic programs, students, and faculty with community organizations. CCBLA aims to meet mutually agreed-upon community needs to strengthen and enhance student learning through critical engagement. As such, this program benefits from the rich resource library, staff, internship support, and workshops offered through the center.

This is a community-based and on-campus learning experience for students who have made formal arrangements to carry out a quarter-long work/study (36 hours a week) with a community center, workshop, agency, organization, or school. The community-based component is carried out through internships, community projects, mentoring situations, or apprenticeships that support community development. The range of academic/community situations suited to this program include: working in an official capacity as an intern at a community agency, organization, or school; working with one or more community members (elders, mentors, artists, teachers, skilled laborers, community organizers) to learn skills that enrich the community as a whole; or designing a community action plan or case study in collaboration with an agency aimed at solving a particular community challenge or need.

The on-campus community studies component includes a required Wednesday program meeting of collaborative workshops, short readings, and seminar. Students are also required to write and share weekly progress journal entries. Students can earn 12 credits for community work and 4 credits for community studies. The weekly on-campus meeting offers opportunities to discuss the larger context of community work in terms of community asset building, personal well-being, and problem solving. Small, arranged student groups offer further support, collaboration, and presentation of work. Students may increase the academic credit earned with additional research, reading, writing, and project work associated with their community work if they have an internship for less than 12 credits.

Program Details

Fields of Study

communication community studies education health sustainability studies

Preparatory For

education, community organizing, group leadership, non-profit organizations, cooperatives.


Winter Signature

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online