community studies

Evergreen has a rich legacy of working within communities on issues of treaty rights and sovereignty, economic and social justice, and a host of other issues. Working closely with faculty and various communities, you’ll learn a holistic approach to systemic change at the community level.

As you learn to conduct community-based research (also known as participatory research, popular education, and action research), you’ll learn the history, philosophy, and modes of research vital to understanding the needs, challenges, and aims of specific communities.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Advanced Research in Environmental Studies JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Awakening the Dreamer, Pursuing the Dream FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
City Parks and Politics: An Introduction FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Code/Switch SO-SR
  • Fall
4, 12, 16
Community Connections - Sustainable Development (Grays Harbor) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Creating Community and Health Through Gardens: Intensive FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Diversity and Dissent in Education and the Media FR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Doing the Business of Non-Profits: Ideas to Realities through Grantwriting and Fundraising FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Doing the Business of Nonprofits: Ideas to Realities through Grantwriting and Fundraising (Grays Harbor) SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Fundraising for an Equitable Future FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Games for Social Good FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Imagined Futures: Indigenous Speculative Fiction FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Immigration and American Culture FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Introduction to Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Living Well: Anthropology and Sustainability FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Medicine Grows in the Garden: Intensive FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Narrating the Communities We Want to Create: Storytelling as Social Change (at Grays Harbor) SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Native Pathways Program: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (Olympia Hybrid) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
9
Native Pathways Program: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland: Researching Neoliberalism in Local Neighborhoods FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12, 16
Storytelling in the Public Sector FR-SR
  • Summer
2
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Work in a Challenging Time (CCBLA) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Culture, Community, and Disability SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Survival of Indigenous Art FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
The Prison-Industrial Complex: Explorations in Social Psychology and Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
What Are Schools For? FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
With Liberty and Justice for Whom? JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Writing, Communication, and Leadership for the Common Good: Creating Change FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
12, 16
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
A People's Geography of American Empire SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Advanced Research in Environmental Studies JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Cities and Suburbs: Advocacy and Writing for Social and Ecological Justice SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Common Ground: Politics, Faith, and Community FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Doing the Business of Nonprofits: Ideas to Realities through Grantwriting and Fundraising SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Doing the Business of Nonprofits: Ideas to Realities through Grantwriting and Fundraising SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Doing the Business of Nonprofits: Ideas to Realities through Grantwriting and Fundraising SO-SR
  • Winter
4
First Peoples Multicultural Scholars Program FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Future History: Indigenous Speculative Fiction FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth: Critical Literacy and Critical Numeracy SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Global/Local Realities and Alternative Visions JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Housing and Community Development SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Introduction to Environmental Studies FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Multicultural Counseling JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Plants in Art, Word, and Healing SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Political Ecology of Land: Urban Planning, Property Rights, and Land Stewardship JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Poverty: What, Why and How SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Repair: The Art of Sustainability and Social Practice JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Social Entrepreneurship and Development: Management, Sustainability and Finance FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Environmental Community-Based Learning and Action JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Teaching English Language Learners: Culture, Theory, and Methods SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Teachings of the Tree People: American Indian Culture FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Who Do You Think You Are? SO-SR
  • Winter
8