Cycle Makers and Cycle Breakers: Transitional Studies
Revised Last Updated: 11/11/2009
Fall, Winter and Spring quarters
Faculty: Artee Young law, literature, Mingxia Li medical sciences, public health, Mandarin Chinese, Chinese cultural studies, Gilda Sheppard media literacy, sociology, cultural studies, Tyrus Smith environmental studies, ecology, Paul McCreary mathematics, 3D modeling, life sciences, Arlen Speights computer studies, Olivier Sousetelle (F) French, Joy Gomez-Gonzalez (F) Spanish, Joan Bantz buisiness, health, Dorothy Anderson psychology, Frances Solomon (F) fisheries, environmental health, Peter Bacho law, Barbara Laners law
Academic web site: www.evergreen.edu/tacoma
Major areas of study include upper division studies in law and public policy, political economy, history, literature, writing, community and environmental studies, human development and biology, public health, bioethics, social science research, research methodology, statistics, quantitative reasoning, media literacy, computer studies, education, instructional technology, and project management.
Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.
Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program accepts enrollment, with formal admission to the Tacoma campus.
Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program accepts enrollment, with formal admission to the Tacoma campus.
Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; formal admission to the Tacoma campus.
Note: This is the Tacoma campus program.
The Lyceum and Seminar Series will examine cyclical patterns across a wide spectrum ranging from the existence of these patterns in the natural world to their presence in a host of human activities and institutions. The goal of this upper division interdisciplinary program is to engage students in extensive research and in-depth textual analysis about individuals, institutions and communities in transition. Thus, students are expected to use their research and analysis to respond to the changing needs of communities, work environments and society and to assist individuals, families and organizations in transition.
During the academic year, students will participate in the weekly lecture/seminar series and select three additional courses each quarter to further their academic study and build their skills in critical thinking, writing, oral communication and collaborative team work. Theories and practices are both emphasized and integrated through intense readings, lectures, discussions, debate, writing assignments, laboratory activities, group projects and presentations.
In the fall, students will study the prevalence of cyclical patterns and the opportunities and challenges such patterns may present. These include, but are not limited to, cycles related to power, belief, technology, commercialism, art, science, oppression, love, fear, greed, war and the environment. Students will also have an opportunity to examine recurring cycles in their own lives - and their decisions to maintain them or create a new paradigm.
In the winter, students will research possible causes as well as potential solutions to challenges identified in fall quarter. Their study will include collaborating with fellow students and faculty to research the pros and cons of a specific action. The major focus of the quarter will be to develop the skills and knowledge needed to renew and sustain self, family, community and humans as a species in harmony with the environment.
Finally, in the spring, students will present their year-long research to the public in various creative forms, from writing to media, at the annual Evergreen-Tacoma Spring Fair, which this year is titled "Strategies to Restore and Sustain Communities: Probable Tomorrows." The projects presented at the fair are developed throughout the year and build upon the knowledge and skills gained each quarter.
Credits: 16 per quarter
Internship Possibilities: Students can elect to do internships. Credit range is 2-14 credits per quarter. Though internships will normally be related to students' academic studies, all internships will be registered separately from the program.
Special Expenses: About $25-$50 for media and/or storage supplies.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in social work, education, law, health care, public policy, media literacy, history, organizational management, biomedical sciences, environmental studies, literature, community activism and foreign policy.
Planning Units: Tacoma Campus Programs