cultural studies

Cultural studies is both its own unique field and an approach that works across the humanities and social sciences.

You’ll find programs and courses with an emphasis in African American studies, international studies, maritime studies, queer studies, and women’s and gender 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.

Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Abroad at Mondragon and Evergreen: A Collaborative Experiment? FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Advertising and Social Media JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Africa Is Not a Country FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Alternatives in and to Capitalism: Hands-on from Cascadian Grain to Basque Cooperatives SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Asian/American: Pop Culture Crosscurrents JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Botany: Plants and People FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Chinese - First Year I FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Chinese - First Year II FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Chinese - First Year III FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Color Grows in the Garden FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Consciousness, Dreams, and Everyday Life: Self, Other, World SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Critical Indigenous Studies I FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Critical Indigenous Studies II FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Critical Indigenous Studies III FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Cuban Salsa (A) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Cuban Salsa (B) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Film and Gender FR-SR
  • Summer
4
First Peoples Multicultural Scholars Program FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Flight of the Firebird: What Ignites Russia's Imagination in Literature and Culture SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Future History: Indigenous Speculative Fiction FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Gardens as Creative Non-Fiction FR-SR
  • Spring
12
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
God(s): An Inquiry SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Housing and Community Development SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Indigenous Art/Contemporary Times FR-SR
  • Summer
16
Indigenous Identity Through the Arts FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Languages of Unsaying: Islam, Secularism, and American Poetry JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Literature, Literacy, and Disability SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Mediaworks: Animation, Documentary and Experimental Approaches to the Moving Image SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Medicine Grows in the Garden FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Medicine of Community and Place FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Mortality FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Multicultural Counseling JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Native Pathways Program: An Indigenous Approach to History (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: An Indigenous Approach to History (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: An Indigenous Approach to History (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: An Indigenous Approach to History (Salish Sea Olympia Hybrid) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: An Indigenous Approach to History (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: Indigenous Sovereignty and Decolonization (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Winter
12
Native Pathways Program: Indigenous Sovereignty and Decolonization (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Winter
12
Native Pathways Program: Indigenous Sovereignty and Decolonization (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Winter
12
Native Pathways Program: Indigenous Sovereignty and Decolonization (Salish Sea Olympia Hybrid) JR-SR
  • Winter
12
Native Pathways Program: Indigenous Sovereignty and Decolonization (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Winter
12
Native Pathways Program: Prospering in a Postcolonial World (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Prospering in a Postcolonial World (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Prospering in a Postcolonial World (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Prospering in a Postcolonial World (Salish Sea Olympia Hybrid) JR-SR
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Prospering in a Postcolonial World (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Spring
12
Not a Melting Pot: American Identities, Migrations, and Places SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Plants in Art, Word, and Healing SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture FR-SR
  • Summer
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Fall) FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Projects in World Music Theater FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Race and Social Change FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Repair: Sustainability and Visual Arts as Social Practice JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Social Entrepreneurship and Development: Management, Sustainability and Finance FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Student-Originated Studies: Collaborative Learning for Social Change SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Student-Originated Studies: In Search of Asian/Pacific Islander America SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Studio Arts for Expressive Arts Therapy: Developing Cultural Competence JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Teaching English Language Learners: Culture, Theory, and Methods SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Teachings of the Tree People: Culture Matters FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
The Art of the Illuminated Manuscript FR-SR
  • Summer
2
The Authentic Self: Becoming an Instrument of Change JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
The Essential Ingredients of Intercultural Competence FR-SR
  • Spring
16
The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Therapy Through the Arts (Day) FR-SR
  • Summer
16
Therapy Through the Arts (Evening) FR-SR
  • Summer
16
Tradition and Innovation in Indigenous North American Fiber Arts FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Transnational Identities, Migration, and Unequal Childhoods SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Unmasking the Material World: Discovering Objects as Stories FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Unruly Bodies: Health, Media, Biology, and Power FR-SO
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Visual Literacies FR-SR
  • Spring
4
What Are Trees For? Forest Ecology and Resource Conflicts FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Advanced Studies in Performance: Theater Production FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Advanced Writing: Capstone in Literary Arts and the Humanities JR-SR
  • Spring
16
American Frontiers: Homelands and Borderlands FR
  • Spring
16
Arts of Urgency: Latin American Film and Literature FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Arts, Culture, and Spirit on Silk Roads FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 12
Carrying Home: Latinx Worlds, Media, and Education SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Chinese - First Year I FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Chinese - First Year II FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Chinese - First Year III FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Comparative Eurasian Foodways: A Cultural, Agricultural, and Gastronomic Odyssey SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Comparative Eurasian Foodways: Immigrant Experiences FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Competency: The Road to an Excellent Helping Professional JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Critical Indigenous Studies I FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Cuban Salsa (A) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Cuban Salsa (B) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Culture as History: The 1930's FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Cycle Makers and Cycle Breakers: Transitional Studies JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Diversity and Dissent in Education and the Media FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Eating in Translation FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institute FR-SO
  • Fall
2
First Peoples Multicultural Scholars Program FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Flight of the Firebird: What Ignites Russia's Imagination in Literature and Culture SO-SR
  • Spring
16
French Language, Arts, and Culture: Dark Romantics SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Highway 101 Revisited: History, Literature, Music, and Ecology JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Illustrations of Character: Faith, Reason, and Ethics FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Indigenous Education/Child Welfare: Laws, Policies, Lived Experience FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Intercultural Communication: Local to Global FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Ireland in History and Memory JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Literary Arts Foundations: Texts and Contexts SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Madness and Creativity: The Psychological Link FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Media Artists Studio JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Mediaworks: Experimental and Documentary Approaches to the Moving Image SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Monsters: A Literary and Cultural Exploration SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Native Pathways Program: Legacies of Resistance (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: Legacies of Resistance (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: Legacies of Resistance (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: Legacies of Resistance (Salish Sea Hybrid) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: Legacies of Resistance (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Fall) FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Psychology and Social Justice: Making Change Happen JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
South Asia: Climate Change and Society SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Stories and Histories: El Cuento Latinoamericano FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Studio Projects in Interdisciplinary Art: Material Gestures in a Shared Space FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Temporality, Word and Image JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The Dyer's Art: Understanding, Creating, and Growing Color FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
The Power of Stories: Language, Communication, and Leadership for Creating Change FR-SR
  • Winter
8
The Western Film Genre and the American Frontier Myth SO-SR
  • Spring
8