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.

How to Create 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
A People's Geography of American Empire SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Becoming A Changemaker: Learning and Acting Locally and Globally FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Cities and Suburbs: Advocacy and Writing for Social and Ecological Justice SO-SR
  • Fall
8, 12
Common Ground: Politics, Faith, and Community FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Critical Indigenous Studies I FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Critical Indigenous Studies II FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Doing the Business of Nonprofits: Ideas to Realities through Grantwriting and Fundraising SO-SR
  • Fall
4
Doing the Business of Nonprofits: Ideas to Realities through Grantwriting and Fundraising SO-SR
  • Spring
4
Doing the Business of Nonprofits: Ideas to Realities through Grantwriting and Fundraising SO-SR
  • Winter
4
Financial Sustainability for Non-profit Organizations FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
First Peoples Multicultural Scholars Program FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Future History: Indigenous Speculative Fiction FR-SR
  • Fall
4
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
Housing and Community Development SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Introduction to Environmental Studies FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Literature, Literacy, and Disability SO-SR
  • Winter
16
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
Plants in Art, Word, and Healing SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Political Ecology of Land: Urban Planning, Property Rights, and Land Stewardship JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Poverty: What, Why and How SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Repair: The Art of Sustainability and Social Practice JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Student-Originated Studies: Environmental Community-Based Learning and Action JR-SR
  • Spring
16
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
Who Do You Think You Are? SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Public Health, Human Biology, and Community Resilience FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16