International Studies

International Studies combines the frameworks of language, history, literature, politics, social, cultural, and artistic studies to explore human communities across the globe.

Students gain communication, critical reasoning, cultural, and analytic skills to thrive in our complex world.

They continue to careers in education, business, diplomacy, area and international non-profit organizations, translation and cross-cultural communication, as well as to graduate-level study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Evergreen's unique study abroad programs immerse participants in the history, culture, language, environmental, and socio-political contexts of a nation or region, often culminating in a three-to-ten week travel abroad experience where students and faculty journey together to study onsite in places such as the northwest coast of Ireland, France, Greece, Peru, China, and Nicaragua.

Other travel opportunities for students include student-developed learning contracts whereby students travel independently or in groups with faculty support and guidance. Students can also participate in consortium study abroad programs hosted by institutions around the world or engage in community-based work with local organizations serving immigrant and refugee communities.

Areas of focus include:

  • Latin American Studies
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Irish Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Mediterranean Studies, including Italy and Greece
  • Middle East Studies
  • South-East Asia Studies
Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Chowdhury, Savvina feminist economics
Davis, Stacey European history
Diamant, Hirsh visual arts, Chinese studies, human development
Eamon, Kathleen aesthetics and philosophy, critical theory, psychoanalysis
Grossman, Zoltan geography, Native American studies
Joshi, Shangrila climate justice, climate policy and politics, political ecology, environment and development
Niva, Steven international politics, political science, Middle East studies
Williams, Sean ethnomusicology

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
Art, Culture and Social Entrepreneurship on the Silk Roads
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12
Chinese - First Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Chinese - First Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Chinese - First Year III
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Climate Foundations: Political Ecology and Political Economy
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Cultivating Justice: Food, Feminism, and Community Psychology
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Democracy or Empire in U.S. Foreign Policy: Contending Visions
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Japanese - First Year I (A)
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Japanese - First Year I (B)
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Japanese - First Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4