Culture, Community, and Cosmos

Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Native Pathways - Olympia
Daytime Evening
Day and Evening
Class Size: 23
50% Reserved for Freshmen
Credits per quarter

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Greener Foundations Equivalent: This program will meet all of the learning objectives and outcomes of Greener Foundations, a holistic course designed for first-time, first-year students. Faculty and staff collaborate to bring study skills, academic planning, health and wellness education, advising, and more into the classroom. More information can be found on the college website at Greener Foundations.

Culture, Community, and Cosmos (CCC) is an 8-credit, half-time program designed to introduce students to a diverse learning environment for expanding critical thinking, academic writing and research, knowledge and history of the environment (the Pacific Northwest), and how to sustain individual and community well-being. This program is taught primarily through an Indigenous lens but incorporates and critically analyzes both Indigenous and western thought and practice.

Students can take CCC all year, or enter in fall or winter quarter; spring quarter is designed to put all the learning to use and connect the gap between theory and praxis. Students will be examining case studies, writing case studies, and learning the basic fundamentals and ethics of research methodologies and methods, both Indigenous and western. All quarters encompass thematic academic discourse designed to create strong community and open-minded, multi-perspective communication and thought.

Students wanting full-time study in the Native Pathways Program in fall are encouraged to take the 4-credit " Creative Writing: The Personal Essay "or "Critical Indigenous Studies: Writing Foundations" to complement this offering.

Required technology to be successful:  computer or equivalent, internet connection, access to Canvas and Zoom. Synchronous (live on Canvas/zoom) hours for all core NPP programs are estimated at 7 hours and asynchronous hours are estimated at 5 hours per week.   Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with the NPP Director and faculty to pursue alternate options to earn program credit.  

Fall: Learning, exploring, and understanding individual, community, and academic worldviews. Concepts analyzed through literature, writing, history and environmental/natural history, and Native American and Indigenous studies. Collaborative learning will focus on student’s role and voice in academia, at The Evergreen State College in particular, and how to communicate and listen/learn effectively in seminar, talking circles, and effectively engage in group projects. Introduction of key terms, resources, elements of academic writing and research, and case studies as an educational tool. 

To successfully participate in this program students need access to a computer, smart phone, and internet. Students should expect to spend 4 hours a week in synchronous meetings using Canvas, Zoom, and the phone. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require. If conditions allow, the following activities will occur in person: Outdoor, on-campus activities and Greener Foundations components. 

Winter: Learning across significant differences to increase knowledge and skills necessary to create life-long bridges in our increasingly diverse world. Concepts analyzed through environmental/natural history, case studies, writing, ethics, and Critical Indigenous Studies. By exploring and critically analyzing the history of the PNW environment from an Indigenous perspective, students will understand what role civility plays in respecting differences between cultures and documented histories, developing “their capacities to judge, speak, and act on the basis of their own reasoned beliefs.”  Knowledge of biases, ethics, values, and morals thoroughly explored through written assignments and student lead seminars. 

Spring: Learning to put our knowledge to practical application, this quarter will focus on a brief overview of fall and winter discourse and learning, identifying and explaining terminology, and crafting a short case-study for an all-program anthology. Concepts analyzed through case studies, documentaries, and community service-learning. By leaning in on research methodologies and methods, community assessment, and personal investment/interest, students will develop and implement service-learning projects as a culmination of the program. 


Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Fall and Winter Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.
  • Spring: Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

$30 fee in spring quarter for field trip.

Class Standing: Freshman–Sophomore
Class Size: 23
50% Reserved for Freshmen
Daytime Evening

Scheduled for: Day and Evening

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Located in: Native Pathways - Olympia

2020-08-04This program is now fully remote in fall