Academics | The Evergreen State College


At Evergreen, you’ll go beyond the ordinary and experience your education the way you imagine.

Interdisciplinary programs are more like the real world.

Because programs cover several disciplines, having multiple instructors is not uncommon.

Beyond Formal Majors

Choosing an Area of Emphasis puts the power in your hands.

At Evergreen, you create your own course of study from offerings in more than 60 subjects. Over your time here, you'll develop a pathway that meets your goals and interests. You can connect your studies together into an area of emphasis.

You don‘t have to take any specific prerequisites to complete your bachelor’s degree. Advisors and faculty help you figure out what to take to meet your graduate school or professional goals.

You will also reflect on your development annually through an evolving Academic Statement.

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Typical Studies

Diagram illustrating disconnected classes at a typical college

Evergreen Studies

Venn diagram illustrating how Evergreen’s programs work

Programs focus multiple subjects around a common theme, instead of teaching disconnected subjects.

Beyond Dis­connect­ed Classes

Interdisciplinary programs reflect the real world.

Most Evergreen classes, called programs, cover more than just one subject. Full-time programs combine subjects taught by several faculty from different fields. A program connects these fields with an overarching theme, reflecting the interconnectedness of the real world.

As an upper-level student, you can create your own program with an individual learning contract. You’ll set your own goals and develop your syllabus with the help of a faculty sponsor.

You may also have the opportunity to do research or internships. In addition, focused courses (2-6 credits) are available to complement your course of study.

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Narrative evaluations offer more value than a letter grade.

With one-on-one meetings, you can build a rapport with your faculty.

Your Evaluations Are Meaningful

Faculty will take the time to write about what you did well. This means your individual achievements stand out. A generic letter grade just can’t capture the real you.

Find out how your work gets evaluated.

See how Greeners succeed after graduation.

Value-Based Graduate Studies

Get your Master of Environmental Studies, Master of Public Administration, or Master in Teaching degree at Evergreen.

If you’re pursuing your graduate degree, our three graduate programs are grounded in values of service, community, social justice, and stewardship. Interdisciplinary approaches to learning, close collaboration, and narrative evaluations are distinctive features of our graduate studies.

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