cultural studies

Cultural studies is both its own unique field and an approach that cuts across the humanities and social sciences. You’ll find programs and courses with an emphasis in African American studies, international studies, maritime studies queer studies, and women’s and gender studies.

Planned offerings for 2017–18
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
A Dyer's Garden: Growing, Creating, and Understanding Color SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
African/American: Afrofuturism JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Against all Odds: The Black Experience - Global Seasoning, Resistance, and Re-incarnation FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Against All Odds: The Black Experience - Rebirth, Renaissance, and Kabby Mitchell lll FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Against all Odds: The Black Experience - Studies in Resiliency, Ancient Egypt to Enslavement FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Alternatives and Resistance to Global Capitalism: Mexico, U.S., and Beyond SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Andean Roots: Linguistics and Ecological Agriculture SO-SR
  • Fall
12, 16
Andean Roots: Linguistics and Ecological Agriculture in Peru SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Aotearoa New Zealand: Native Decolonization in the Pacific Rim SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Arts, Culture, and Spirit on the Silk Roads FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 12
Arts, Culture, and Spirit on the Silk Roads: Study Abroad FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Asian/American: Pop Culture Crosscurrents JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Botany: Plants and People FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Ceramic Art Practices: Exploring the Role of the Object SO-SR
  • Fall
16
China at the Crossroad of Tradition and Modernity FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Chinese - First Year I FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Chinese - First Year II FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Chinese - First Year III FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Cityscapes SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Code/Switch SO-SR
  • Fall
4, 12, 16
Color Grows in the Garden I: Early Summer Intensive FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Color Grows in the Garden II: Late Summer Intensive FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Cornerstone: Foundations for Success FR-JR
  • Winter
4
Countertextual Ecologies: Gastropoetics FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Countertextual Ecologies: Political Ecology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Crafting Truth: Documentaries for Radio FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Culture as History FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Dance of Consciousness FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Dangerous Ladies in Changing Times: An Investigation of Significant Women of American Identity in the 20th Century FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Development as Freedom FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Diversity and Dissent in Education and the Media FR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Emotional Intelligence and Organizational Behavior JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Europe Since 1500 FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 6, 8
Even When Erased, We Exist: Native American Women Standing Strong for Justice FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Even When Erased, We Exist: Native Women Standing Strong for Justice FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Feminist Jurisprudence SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Film and Gender FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Framing Your Work: Projects in History, Art and the Humanities JR-SR
  • Spring
16
From Black Liberation to Solidarity Economics: Social Movements in the Neoliberal Era FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Fundamentals of Finance for Non-profit and Public Sector Management FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Global Roots of Holistic Medicine FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Images of Japan: Arts, Literature, and Cinema FR-SR
  • Spring
12, 16
Imagined Futures: Indigenous Speculative Fiction FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Immigration and American Culture FR-SR
  • Summer
4
India: Dance and Culture FR-SR
  • Fall
4
India: Dance and Culture FR-SR
  • Spring
4
India: Dance and Culture FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Individual Study: Queer Studies, Performance SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Intensive French : Beginning and Intermediate FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Intensive Russian through Film and Fiction FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Introduction to European Opera FR-SR
  • Summer
2, 4
Latin American Women Writers FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Madness and Creativity: The Psychological Link FR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Making Feminist Sense of Economics and Politics FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Maritime Cultures of Northwest Washington FR-SR
  • Spring
12, 16
Mediaworks: Signifying Power and Difference on Screen(s) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Native Pathways Program: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (Olympia Hybrid) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
9
Native Pathways Program: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Portland: Researching Neoliberalism in Local Neighborhoods FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12, 16
Pacific Northwest and U.S. History: Society, Environment, and Change FR-SR
  • Summer
6
Political Economy and Social Movements FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Politics and Aesthetics: Critical Theory and Critical Practice SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture FR-SR
  • Summer
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Spring, Summer) FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Psychology and Art: Digital Photography FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Psychology and Art: Digital Photography or Printmaking FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Psychology and Art: Printmaking FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Reality Check: Indian Images and [Mis]Representations FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Remix Reverse Remediate SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Reproduction: Gender, Race, and Power JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Salish Sea Cultures FR-SR
  • Spring
12
Salmon, Raven, and Whale: The Pacific Northwest in Art and Science FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Seeds of Change: Food, Culture, and Work FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Shadow Wars and Global Governance SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Slavic and Celtic Folklore: Heroic, Spiritual, Practical FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Social Resilience: Women Making Change FR-SR
  • Winter
12
Speaking Truth in 20th- and 21st-Century Indigenous Arts: Legacy, Defiance, and Agency FR-SO
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Community-Based Work in a Challenging Time (CCBLA) SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Culture, Community, and Disability SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Summer
16
Study Abroad: Beautiful Taiwan and China FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 12
Study Abroad: Experience Japan FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Survival of Indigenous Art FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Tears of Duk'Wibahl: Exploration of Customary and Contemporary Indigenous Arts FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12
The Art of the Illuminated Manuscript FR-SR
  • Summer
2
The Nature and Culture of Natural History FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The Word in the Ear: Finnegans Wake and Other Experiments in Music and Language FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 16
Therapy Through the Arts (daytime) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Therapy Through the Arts (evening) FR-SR
  • Summer
8, 16
Unpacking Counter Narratives: Examining Multiple Perspectives and Diverse Voices SO-SR
  • Spring
16
With Liberty and Justice for Whom? JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
A People's Geography of American Empire SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Advanced Projects in World Music Theater JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Advertising and Social Media JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Africa Is Not a Country FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Asian/American: Japanese Americans in the Pacific Northwest SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Asian/American: Pop Culture Crosscurrents FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Botany: Plants and People FR-SR
  • Fall
16
China and Japan: Traditional and Contemporary "Silk Roads" FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Chinese - First Year I FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Chinese - First Year II FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Chinese - First Year III FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Climate Justice SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Consciousness, Dreams, and Everyday Life: Self, Other, World SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Diversity, Democracy, and Fake News: Making Our Way in the Time of Trump FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Ecological Agriculture: The Science, Justice, and Policy of Food Systems SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Education and Empowerment: Understanding Culture and Qualitative Research JR-SR
  • Spring
16
European Ethnobotany in Historical Context FR-SO
  • Spring
16
Even When Erased, We Exist: Native Women Standing Strong for Justice FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Experiments in Text FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Gardens as Creative Non-Fiction FR-SR
  • Spring
12
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
God(s): An Inquiry SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Housing and Community Development SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Inscribing the Body: Embodiment and the Performance of Identity in Creative Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Languages of Unsaying: Islam, Secularism, and American Poetry JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Mediaworks SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Medicine of Community and Place FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Medieval Mystics: Artistic Inquiry and Printmaking SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Mortality FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Multicultural Counseling JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Native Pathways Program: Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
12
Plants in Art, Word, and Healing SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Political Economy and Environmental and Social Movements: Race, Class, and Gender SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Fall) FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Spring, Summer) FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Repair: The Art of Sustainability and Social Practice JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Shifting the Margins: Revolutionary Writing in Times of Crisis FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Social Entrepreneurship and Development: Management, Sustainability and Finance FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Studio Arts for Expressive Arts Therapy: Developing Cultural Competence JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Teaching English Language Learners: Culture, Theory, and Methods SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Teachings of the Tree People: American Indian Culture FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
The Authentic Self: Becoming an Instrument of Change JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
The Essential Ingredients of Intercultural Competence FR-SR
  • Spring
16
The German Program: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Affect Studies, and Social Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Theory and Practice of Painting SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Tradition and Innovation in Indigenous North American Fiber Arts FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Transnational Identities, Migration, and Unequal Childhoods SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Undergraduate Research and Projects in Critical and Creative Practices SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Unmasking the Material World: Discovering Objects as Stories FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Visual Literacies FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Writing the South FR-SR
  • Spring
16