Programs & Classes

Many students ask “Do I really take only one class at Evergreen? The answer is yes* — we call them programs.

* We also offer a selection of single-subject courses.

At Evergreen you can take a full course load in a single academic program that integrates different subjects. In this way, you’ll explore a central idea or theme that’s interesting to you.

Professors often teach in teams of two to four

Professors often teach in teams of two to four.

Faculty members from different subject areas teach programs in teams of two, three, or four. They draw on their separate disciplines to help you develop tools to navigate real-world issues.

Many programs last two or even three quarters, building on themes developed in previous quarters. You’ll work in an atmosphere of shared learning with groups of about 25 students.

It’s dynamic and relevant, because every year we create a fresh, topical, and engaging curriculum. See what programs we offer.

Venn diagram illustrating how Evergreen’s programs work

Example: The Earth Dynamics program at Evergreen asks how humans have changed local environments and large-scale global processes. It covers all the same subjects as a traditional education, but also explores in depth how they interconnect.

A Week in the Life

Unlike traditional schedules, Evergreen programs create a balance between modes of learning. Programs can include lectures, labs, readings, seminars, field study and research projects.

You’ll stay engaged as you build familiarity within the disciplines you study. You’ll have time to work on collaborative projects with your fellow students. Your program may also feature special activities like weeklong field trips.

Sample Schedules

Here are examples of what your week in one full-time program might look like:

Sample Schedule for a Freshman Environmental Studies Program

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Day for study 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Lecture and workshop
10 am–1 pm
Lecture
9 am–noon
Laboratory
10 am–noon
Quantitative methods
  1:30 pm–3 pm
Book seminar
Study time 1 pm–3 pm
Writing tutor
1 pm–3 pm
Writing workshop

Sample Schedule for a Language Program in the Humanities

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9 am–noon
Lecture
9 am–noon
Book seminar
9 am–noon
Lecture and workshop
9 am–2 pm
Conversation groups
Day for study
1 pm–3 pm
Language instruction
1 pm–3 pm
Language instruction
1 pm–5 pm
Language instruction