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.

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Ackley, Kristina Native American studies
Balaram, Arita psychology, critical race and feminist studies, community-engaged methods
Blewett, Lori communication
Buxbaum, Stephen political economy, community development and planning
Crowley, Lin media and Chinese studies
Elliott, Marla performance, voice, community studies
Fischel, Anne communication, media and community studies
Gaul, Karen anthropology
Nelson, Alice Spanish language, Latin American studies
Partridge, Penelope
Sandoz, Joli academic and creative nonfiction writing, community studies, analog game design
Simons, Suzanne poetry and literary arts, community studies/Middle East studies, journalism
Smith, Tyrus environmental studies, public policy
Steinhoff, Eirik English

Choosing What to Take at Evergreen

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.

Selected Programs 2021-22
Title Class Standing Credits
Carrying Home: Latinx Worlds, Culture, and Public Health
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Community-Based Learning: Nonprofit Internships
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12, 16
Community-Based Learning: Working in Community
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Culture, Community, and Cosmos
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
4
Dangerous Skills
  • Freshman
8, 14
Design Thinking Lab: Designing (Ourselves) for Living, Learning, & Futures of Work
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Indigenous Storytelling: Cultural Political Performance
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12, 16
Innovation Mindset for Business Success
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Mediaworks: Experimental and Documentary Approaches to the Moving Image
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Medicine of Community and Place
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12