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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.


See faculty who teach in Community Field-Based Studies.

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.