Humanities: Culture, Text, and Language in World Societies

Explore the history, society, culture, literature, and languages of people in the United States and around the world.

How do culture, society, and history shape what people do, think, make, and believe? How do people in the United States and around the world shape their cultures and societies? How do humans create webs of meaning to make sense of the world through language, philosophy, literature, music, art, and community? 

In programs on this Path, you’ll learn to examine societies through the lenses of the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts. You can learn a new language, study abroad, dive deep into literary traditions, and much more.

Learn your way

This Path covers many disciplines that you can mix and match to fit what you’re most passionate about. Most programs will cover more than one of these subjects at a time. 

On this Path, you can study:

  • American studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art history
  • Classical studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Environmental humanities
  • Ethnic studies 
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • History
  • Languages
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Theater

Read, watch, and listen

You’ll learn to interpret literature, philosophy, visual art, historical documents, music, and popular media to become a more critical and creative person in your day-to-day life.

Dig deep into context

You’ll study the historical, environmental, and political contexts for how societies operate and how people resist oppression, particularly in regard to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

Become more culturally competent

You’ll learn about cultures around the world through sociology, anthropology, and the arts to explore how social patterns and artistic practices create meaning in our daily lives.

Learn a language

You can learn different languages to explore how societies communicate around the world and add a new dimension to your own voice.

Highlights of this Path

Flexible learning 

This Path has a good mix of daytime, evening, and weekend programs at different credit levels so you can learn around your schedule. 

An interdisciplinary experience

Programs on this Path often include more than one subject at a time. You’ll learn different approaches to the same topic, letting you make connections you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. 

Chart your future

Because you’ll gain advanced research, writing, communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills, studying the humanities is great preparation for almost any career. Learning to view the world in a critical and creative way will help you determine what success means for you and how you can achieve it. 

Students studying in programs on this Path have gone on to successful careers as journalists, lawyers, teachers, researchers, performing artists, and more.

Languages 

Learning a language at Evergreen is a comprehensive and inspiring experience. In addition to learning the language itself, you’ll explore the history and culture behind it. 

You’ll also have lots of interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences that will bring it all to life. Many of these programs include a study abroad option.

You can learn: 

  • Chinese
  • French
  • Irish
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Study abroad

The study abroad options on this Path are world-class learning opportunities. Travel with a tight-knit community of fellow students and your faculty to explore the cultures and history of people around the world. 

Programs on this Path have traveled to: 

  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Nicaragua
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Internships and independent learning contracts

Faculty on this Path are passionate about helping you study what you’re most interested in. Sometimes that means letting you take your learning outside the classroom for an experience such as an internship at a museum or volunteering with a community organization.

With an ILC, you’ll get space to work independently on a project you’re passionate about. This could be writing a piece of music, studying the remains of an ancient city, doing research in an archive, or traveling to study a cultural practice. 

You can also get connected with a local organization like a historical society or production company and gain career skills while earning credit. Flexibility and support for your learning is what it’s all about.

Capstone projects

You’ll have the support and freedom to dive deep into a topic and pursue what you’re most passionate about. With the guidance of faculty, you’ll get to do your own scholarly research and learn what it takes to complete ambitious projects that will look great in your portfolio.

Daniel J. Evans Library and the Writing Center

Whatever your research or writing project, a friendly librarian can help you gain the research skills to track down what you’re looking for. With a rare books room, access to streaming services, and connections with other libraries, everything you need will be in reach. 

Whether you’re working on academic, creative, or personal writing, peer tutors at the Writing Center can help you develop your craft from brainstorming to proofreading. 

This Path can prepare you for careers in

  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • History
  • International studies
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Performing arts and humanities
  • Politics
  • Social sciences

Graduate school opportunities beyond this Path

  • Master of Arts in:
    • History
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Classics
    • American Studies
  • Master of Fine Arts in:
    • Music
    • Writing
    • Theater
    • Dance
    • Media
  • Professional degrees in:
    • Humanities
    • Social sciences
    • Education
    • Library sciences
    • Performing arts
  • Master in Teaching
Faculty on this Path
Title Expertise
Alexandria, Catherine (Jehrin) dance, ballet, movement therapy
Balaram, Arita psychology, critical race and feminist studies, community-engaged methods
Beck, Stephen philosophy
Benson-Quaziena, Marcella human and organizational systems
Blakeslee, Steve English, writing, literature
Buchman, Andrew music composition
Crowley, Lin media and Chinese studies
Davis, Stacey European history
Diamant, Hirsh visual arts, Chinese studies, human development
Eamon, Kathleen aesthetics and philosophy, critical theory, psychoanalysis
Elliott, Marla performance, voice, community studies
Featherly, Lynarra creative writing, philosophy, critical theory
Flores, Hugo Spanish language
Gaul, Karen anthropology
Gullickson, Andrea music
Hardy, Tara
Hastings, Rachel linguistics, mathematics
Hendricks, Steven book arts, literature, creative writing
Hurst, Mark psychology
Katsanis, Vuslat writing, comparative literature, film and visual culture
Koppelman, Nancy American studies
Krotscheck, Ulrike classics, archaeology
Mellis, Miranda fiction, nonfiction, and contemporary literature
Olson, Toska sociology, gender studies
Proctor, Bradley U.S. history, African American history, American studies
Reece, Andrew classical art and literature
Rognas, Liza American history, information resources and library science
Rogol, Ethan Spanish Language
Sandoz, Joli academic and creative nonfiction writing, community studies, analog game design
Simons, Suzanne poetry and literary arts, community studies/Middle East studies, journalism
Stein, Eric cultural anthropology
Tsultrim, Jamyang Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies, East-West psychology, philosophy of consciousness
Vavrus, Michael education, history, political economy
Williams, Sarah Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies
Williams, Sean ethnomusicology
Williamson, Elizabeth English literature, theater studies
Catalog Offerings for 2021-22
Title Paths Class Standing Credits
Against Everything: Politics and Friendship in the Age of Apocalypse: Ivan Illich
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
America to 2025: Modern America, History, and Adolescent Psychology
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
American Popular Music: A People's History
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Biology and Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Capstone in Humanities
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Chinese - First Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Chinese - First Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Climate Change: Language and Science
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Creative Literacy: Music and Literature
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Critical Reasoning
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Cultivating Justice: Food, Feminism, and Community Psychology
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Culture as History: From the Great Depression to the Great Society
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Dangerous Skills
  • Freshman
8, 14
Designing Games for the Common Good
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Electronics in Music: Projects
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
French - First Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
French - First Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
French - First Year III
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
French - Second Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
French - Second Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
French - Second Year III
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Globalectics: Readings in Contemporary World Literatures and Films
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
In Sickness and In Health
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Indigenous Storytelling: Cultural Political Performance
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12, 16
Literary Arts: Samuel Beckett
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Molecules, Music and Metamorphosis
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Monsters: A Literary and Cultural Exploration
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Odyssey: Art and Archaeology in Greece and Italy
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Paris Muse: Evoking Place in Literature, History, Music and Myth
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Questions of Philosophy: An Invitation to Reflective Living
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Reading and Writing for Your Life
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Readings in Aesthetics and Politics
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Slavic and Celtic Folklore: Heroic, Spiritual, Practical
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Taste: Archaeology and the Ancient Mediterranean
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
14
Taste: Music in Cultural Context
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
14
Taste: What We Hunger For
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Temporality, Word, and Image
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
The Aim of Education
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
The Authentic Self: Becoming an Instrument of Change
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12
The Graphic Novel
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
The Power of Stories: Language, Communication, and Leadership for Creating Change
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
What is Experimental Performance Now?
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
12
Word Play: Literature, Creative Writing, and Poetics of Catastrophe
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Your Money or Your Life: Human and Economic Relations On Stage
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Catalog Offerings for 2022-23
Title Paths Class Standing Credits
A Question of Character: Psychology and Performance
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Advanced Studies in Music and Humanities
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Antisemitism Revisited: Post-Pandemic Hands-On Learning
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
2
Beautiful Ideas: The Art and Science of Music and Biology
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Capstone in Humanities
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
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
Community Mental Health and Art in Social Contexts
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Comparative Literature and World Cinema: Reading Globalectically
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Electronics in Music: Projects
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Fables, Fairy Tales, and Other True Stories
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Forest, Farm, Shellfish Garden: Experiential Learning
  • Freshman
8, 14, 16
French - First Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
French - First Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
French - First Year III
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
French - Second Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
French - Second Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
French - Second Year III
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Gender and Sexuality History: 1800-Today
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Gender History: Ancient and Medieval Europe
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
14
Gender History: Europe and America, 1650-1850
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
14
Greece and Italy: An Artistic and Literary Odyssey
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Human/Animal/Anthropocene: Psychology and Anthropology
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Ireland in History and Memory
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Japanese - First Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Japanese - First Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Japanese - First Year III
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Japanese - Second Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Japanese - Second Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Japanese - Second Year III
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Literary Arts: Capstone
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Marx's Capital: Capital, Crypto-, and the Mystery of Money
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
12, 16
Moving Towards Health: Psychological and Social Determinants of Well-Being
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
14
Poetry New York
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Psychology and Popular Music
  • Freshman
14
Reimagining the Body: Psychology, Art, and Health
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Ruins: Archaeology, Ethnography, and History
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Spanish - Accelerated Second Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
6
Spanish - Accelerated Second Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
6
Spanish - First Year I
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Spanish - First Year II
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Spanish - First Year III
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Travel, Health, Food, Business, Culture
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Unmasking the Material World: Constructing Narratives in Archaeology and Creative Writing
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Washington State Legislative Internships
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
What Think You of Falling in Love? Writing, Literature, Storytelling, and Cultural Perspectives on Love
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12
Writing Visual Culture: the Image in Cultural and Critical Theory
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 16
Writing, Communication, and Leadership for the Common Good: Creating Change
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8, 12

Programs planned 2021 – 25

Exploratory

  • Dangerous Reading
  • In Sickness and in Health
  • People/Power in the U.S., 1800 – 2020

Intermediate (includes study abroad or other travel)

  • America to 2025
  • The French Program: History, Literature, Language and Culture
  • Greece and Italy: An Artistic and Literary Odyssey
  • Ireland in History and Memory
  • The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings

Other intermediate programs

  • Russian Language and Culture
  • Reproduction: Gender, Race and Power
  • When You Wish Upon an Archetype: Psychology, Folklore, and Creativity in Disney Animated Films

Advanced

  • Advanced Writing: Capstone in Literary Arts and the Humanities
  • Capstone in the Humanities
  • Student Originated Studies: Music

Fields of Study related to this Path