In Sickness and In Health

Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring 2022
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 75
16 Credits per quarter
Variable credit options, see below
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This program incorporates Greener Foundations. Greener Foundations is Evergreen’s 2-quarter introductory student success course, which provides all first-year students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive at Evergreen. First year students will get 14-credits from this program, and 2-credits from a Greener Foundations course. First year students will need to register for the 14-credit program CRN PLUS Greener Foundations (CRN 20001)

Becoming seriously ill is a call for stories. - Arthur Frank, The Wounded Storyteller

In this foundational (first year - senior), full-year program, students will explore cultural, social, and psychological approaches to the body and health. Our guiding questions, designed to develop a complex, integrative understanding of well-being, include: 1) How do cultural, social, historical, and economic forces shape experiences of sickness and healing? and 2) How can the social sciences be used to promote flourishing in individuals, relationships, institutions, communities, and societies? 

We will cultivate foundational skills that are relevant across all careers and fields of study- observation, note-taking, analysis, researching, speaking, and writing- but that may be particularly helpful in social and human services, health care, and education.

Each quarter will emphasize a different approach to our core questions; students may enter the program during any of the three quarters.

Fall quarter develops social science foundations for understanding sickness and health, with an emphasis on cross cultural, historical, and intersectional feminist understandings. Through the lenses of feminism, medical anthropology, sociology, and history, we will investigate health disparities and inequities both globally and nationally, drawing on the Covid-19 pandemic as a focus of our studies. We will also explore cultural healing traditions through ethnography, literature, and film. An integrated social science exploration of health and well-being will lead us to readings and experiential exercises in areas such as community psychology, narrative psychology, positive psychology, sociology, social psychology, neuroscience, ecotherapy, and contemplative practices. Students who successfully complete fall quarter can anticipate earning the following credits: 4 -Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healing; 4 -Medical Anthropology; 4 -Narrative Psychology; 2 -Positive Psychology; 2 Community Psychology.

Fall quarter hybrid studies will include both remote and small-group, in-person instruction. We anticipate approximately 8 hours per week of remote learning, comprised of 4-5 synchronous and 2-3 asynchronous hours.

In person learning will involve one day of seminar, small-group workshops, outdoor studies, and collaborative small-group project work, totaling 5 hours of instruction per week.

Winter quarter emphasizes local experiences of sickness and health, using approaches of community psychology, applied anthropology, and ethnography. Students will study how communities engage in various forms of collaboration, fundraising, organizing, and activism to face challenges to food security, health access, and well-being. As a major part of our work winter quarter, students will develop ethically-based, ethnographically grounded collaborative research projects on well-being on the Evergreen campus. 

Students enrolled for 12 credits who successfully complete winter quarter can anticipate earning the following credits: 2 -Community Psychology; 2 -Positive Psychology; 4 -Applied Anthropology; 4 -Ethnography. 

Students enrolled for 14-16 credits will also have the option of completing independent capstone preparation, an internship, or a positive psychology practicum, and may earn additional credits in Community Psychology and Positive Psychology.  

Winter quarter hybrid studies will include both remote and in-person instruction each week. We anticipate approximately 7 hours per week of synchronous remote learning for 16 credit students. In person learning for 16 credit students will involve one day of seminar and collaborative small-group project work per week, totaling 5 hours. Students earning 12-14 credits will have fewer hours of instruction. Please contact faculty directly in advance of registration for winter quarter for a complete description of the variable program options and instructions regarding internships. 

Spring quarter supports in-depth independent student research (including capstone-level theses) and internships. Students who successfully complete spring quarter can anticipate earning 8, 12, or 16 credits, divided between a core advanced seminar and 1) Advanced Social Science Research and 2) Internship: Community Based Learning and Action, depending on individual pathways through the curriculum.

Students registering for 8 credits will take the core advanced seminar and spend an additional 10 hours per week on either an internship or a research paper. Students registering for 12 credits will take the core advanced seminar and complete a significant internship and/or research work, which may culminate in a capstone research project. Students registering for 16 credits will take the core advanced seminar and complete both an internship and a capstone research project.

Students planning to do spring quarter internships must contact program faculty no later than Friday, March 11 to make arrangements.


Fall 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10031
Fr (14): 10034
Winter 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20191
Fr (14): 20194
So - Sr (12): 20353
Fr (12): 20354
So - Sr (14): 20355
Spring 2022 Registration

No new students will be accepted spring quarter.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 30022
Fr (16): 30350

Academic details

Preparatory For

social and human services, health care, and education

Variable Credit Options

Students can register for 12, 14, or 16 credits in winter quarter, or 8, 12, or 16 credits in spring. Spring quarter options require faculty signature. 

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$80 fee fall quarter- Ethnographic notebook and Reader.

$80 fee winter quarter for new students, $25 for continuing students to cover course reader and ethnographic notebook and day field trips. 

$25 fee spring quarter for field trip expenses. 


Internship Opportunities

Spring quarter


In Person or Remote
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Hybrid (S)
Time Offered
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