Making Change Happen (8 credit option of 16 credit program)

Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015 quarters

Taught by

human and organizational systems
clinical psychology

This half-time program is the 8 credit option of the full-time, 16 credit program Making Change Happen .  For complete program details, including schedule and CRNs, click here to view the 16 credit program.

Institutions and organizations are always in states of flux, responding to environmental and personal demands. How does institutional change happen? How do we move institutions and organizations toward greater inclusivity, equity and social justice? The guiding questions of this program are framed in terms of democracy, social justice, welfare, civil rights and personal transformation and transcendence. We will explore how we engage institutions and organizations in transformation, effective change strategies that allow for both personal and institutional paradigmatic shifts and how we become the leaders of the process. We will examine the psychology of change, what role transcendence plays in our ways of thinking about change and how equity and justice are served. This program will explore these questions in the context of systems theory, multicultural and anti-oppression frameworks, leadership development, and within the context of the civil rights movement.

Our focus fall quarter is on personal development and change. We believe that the personal is political (and vice versa), so we have to understand what experiences inform our stance towards change. The focus is on the self, particularly from a cultural and autobiographical perspective, as it informs our world view. The assignments are geared to self-reflection. Remember, in order to impact change you must challenge yourself to become the change.

Winter quarter's focus is on cultural groups and their development, norms and boundaries. We will examine what defines the boundaries of these groups, the norms and variation to these norms present in the group. We'll also work on the relationship of the cultural group to the larger society. Our work is geared toward understanding the collective group's position in the world and your personal and small-group interface to the group of your faculty-approved choice. This involves the central themes of democracy, social justice, inclusivity and exclusivity that form the foundation of the program. Those wanting internships will have the option of beginning this quarter.

For spring, the program will broaden its areas of interest to include the community. We will examine how the self, the group and the community intersect. We will explore these points of intersection as influenced and shaped by the personal, cultural and sociopolitical forces at work in our communities. We plan to travel on a field trip to the Highlander Center ( ) this quarter. Students will put into practice the theory of the prior two quarters and the understanding they have gained about the self, the self in groups and the power of the group.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

psychology, social psychology, social justice, social sciences, business, activism, diversity and anti-oppression studies, systems theory and group process/change.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Weekend


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online:

Special Expenses

$45 for materials and supplies in winter. Approximately $845 for a field trip to Highlander Center in spring.

Internship Possibilities

Winter and spring with faculty approval only. Students must complete an In-program Internship Learning Contract (designed for this program) in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising.

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Fall); 8 (Winter); 8 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


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Accepting New Students


Interested students should contact George Freeman (360-867-6198 or and meet with him at the Academic Fair.

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