cultural studies

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No courses or programs are available for the options you have selected.

Summer offerings are listed beginning in late January or early February each year.

Cultural studies is both its own unique field and an approach that works 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.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Advanced Studies in Performance: Theater Production FR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Advanced Writing: Capstone in Literary Arts and the Humanities JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Adventures in Archaeology FR-SR
  • Summer
8
American Frontiers: Homelands and Borderlands FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Anime: Japanese Music, Art, and Culture FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Arts of Urgency: Latin American Film and Literature FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Arts, Culture, and Spirit on Silk Roads FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 12
Carrying Home: Latinx Worlds, Media, and Education SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
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
Color Grows in the Garden FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Comparative Eurasian Foodways: Agriculture and Culture in the Early Mediterranean SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Comparative Eurasian Foodways: Immigrant Experiences FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Competency: The Road to an Excellent Helping Professional JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Critical Indigenous Studies FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Critical Indigenous Studies: Case Based Learning FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Critical Indigenous Studies: Setting the Stage for Leadership FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Cuban Salsa (A) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Cuban Salsa (B) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Cultures and Communities of (Dis)Ability SO-SR
  • Winter
12
Cycle Makers and Cycle Breakers: Transitional Studies JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Diversity and Dissent in Education and the Media FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Eating in Translation FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institute FR-SO
  • Fall
2
First Peoples Multicultural Scholars Program FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Flight of the Firebird: What Ignites Russia's Imagination in Literature and Culture SO-SR
  • Spring
16
French Language, Arts, and Culture: Dark Romantics SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Highway 101 Revisited: History, Literature, Music, and Ecology SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Illustrations of Character: Faith, Reason, and Ethics FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Indigenous Education/Child Welfare: Laws, Policies, Lived Experience FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Intercultural Communication: Local to Global FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Ireland in History and Memory JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Latin American Cinema Series FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Learning Sociology with Homer: Sociological Imagination through The Simpsons FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Literary Arts Foundations: Texts and Contexts SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Madness and Creativity: The Psychological Link FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Many Israels FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8
Media Artists Studio JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Mediaworks: Experimental and Documentary Approaches to the Moving Image SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Medicine Grows in the Garden FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Monsters: A Literary and Cultural Exploration SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Native Pathways Program: Legacies of Resistance (Olympia) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: Legacies of Resistance (Peninsula) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: Legacies of Resistance (Quinault) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: Legacies of Resistance (Salish Sea Hybrid) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Native Pathways Program: Legacies of Resistance (Tacoma) JR-SR
  • Fall
12
Pandemic Academy: A Close Look at the COVID-19 Moment FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Fall) FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Summer) FR-SR
  • Summer
16
Psychology and Social Justice: Making Change Happen JR-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Science and Psychology of Worldbuilding FR-SR
  • Summer
8
SOS: Music Performance & Production JR-SR
  • Spring
16
South Asia: Climate Change and Society SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Stories and Histories: El Cuento Latinoamericano FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Critical Theory + Critical Practice JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Taking Action in Our Communities (CCBLA) SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Studio Projects in Interdisciplinary Art: Material Gestures in a Shared Space FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Temporality, Word and Image JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The Dyer's Art: Understanding, Creating, and Growing Color FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
The Power of Stories: Language, Communication, and Leadership for Creating Change FR-SR
  • Winter
8, 12
The Southern Century: 20th Century History of the U.S. South FR-SR
  • Winter
16
The Western Film Genre and the American Frontier Myth SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Therapy Through the Arts (Day) FR-SR
  • Summer
16
Therapy Through the Arts (Evening) FR-SR
  • Summer
16
What Has Become of Us?: Political Economic Ethnography FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 8, 12, 16
Planned offerings for 2020–21
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
America in Translation: History, Culture, Theory (Foundations in CTLWS) FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Arts, Culture, and Ecology SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Breaking Through Gridlock: Polarization and Problem Solving FR-SR
  • Fall
4
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 Change and Colonization in the Arctic: Who are the Sámi? SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Competency: The Road to an Excellent Helping Professional JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Conceptualizing Place: Pacific Northwest Native Art and Geographies SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Cuban Salsa (A) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Cuban Salsa (B) FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Foundational Studio Projects in the Visual Arts FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
In Other Words: Translations in World Literature and Music SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Indigenous Storytelling As Resistance SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Literary Arts Capstone–Advanced Projects in Creative Writing & Literary Studies JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Making Feminist Sense of Global Politics and Economics SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Mediaworks: Animation, Documentary, and Experimental Approaches to the Moving Image SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Medicine of Community and Place SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Playing Politics: Psychology, Performance, Strategy and the Elections in Real Time SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Politics of Identity, Scale, and Nature SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Practice of Organic Farming: Culture and Agriculture (Fall) FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Reproduction: Gender, Race and Power FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
12, 16
Science, Story, and Sustainability: The Quest for a Flourishing Earth SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Silk Roads: Culture, History, and Philosophy of China SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Social/Media: Critical Inquiries into Internet Cultures JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Teaching English Language Learners: Culture, Theory, and Methods SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Terroir/Meroir: Toward Agroecological Agribusiness? FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
The Age of Irony SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural Crossings SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
When You Wish Upon an Archetype: Psychology, Folklore, and Legend in Disney Animated Films SO-SR
  • Winter
16
When You Wish Upon an Archetype: Psychology, Folklore, and Legend in Disney Animated Films SO-SR
  • Fall
16