What’s a Program?

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

Instead of taking several classes at once, at Evergreen you select a single academic program that integrates many 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, each drawing on several disciplines to help you develop critical tools to navigate the real-world issues that we face today—issues like health care in the United States, the search for oil worldwide, or artistic expression across cultures.

Programs can include lectures, labs, readings, seminars, field study and research projects, and may last one, two or even three quarters, building on themes developed in previous quarters. Youll work in an atmosphere of shared learning with groups of about 25 students.

Its new and different, dynamic and relevant, because every year we create a fresh, topical and engaging curriculum. See all of the programs you can take for the coming academic year.

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

Our students say one of the best aspects of Evergreen’s unique curriculum is having variety and flexibility in their schedules.

Unlike traditional college schedules of disconnected lectures and labs. Evergreen programs create a balance between seminars, hands-on learning, and off-campus exploration. 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