2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student Originated Studies: Community Development

Winter quarter

Faculty: Russell Fox community planning, urban planning

Fields of Study: agriculture, community studies, education, environmental studies, law and public policy and sustainability studies

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20275 (1-16) Jr - Sr  Signature Required To enroll, students must submit a draft In-Program Internship Learning Contract or a project proposal with learning objectives, a detailed work plan, outcomes or products and identification of resources or assistance needed.  In addition , students need to submit a Questionnaire and Application available from Russ Fox or the Center for Community-Based Learning and Action.  Interested students should contact Russ by e-mail ( foxr@evergreen.edu ) or at the Academic Fair on December 1st.  

Credits: 16(W)

Variable Credit Options: 8-16 credit options available.

Class Standing: Junior - Senior

Offered During: Day and Evening

Prerequisites: At least 16 credits of completed academic work in subjects directly related to the proposed internship or project.


This SOS is ideal for students with community-based internships related to their previous studies.  For community-based projects that are not internships, groups of students working together will be given priority (see Prerequisites and Faculty Signature requirements for additional information).

All students enrolled in the program will also participate in two credits of readings, classes and on-line assignments in collaboration with other students.  A weekly class will include seminars, workshops organized by staff and faculty working at the Center for Community-Based Learning and Action, and opportunities to share internship and project work.  Weekly on-line essays will explore topics relevant for students interested in land use planning, community development and social change work.  The faculty will also meet regularly with smaller groups of students who are working on similar community issues--such as local agriculture, housing and homelessness, education or social services.  

Russ Fox has extensive knowledge of local organizations and resources, particularly in Thurston County, as well as experience working with students from across the curriculum who are interested in integrating and applying their learning through community-based research, learning and activism.  Currently, his research and community activism work is focused on the viability and sustainability of local agriculture.  

While priority will be given to juniors and seniors, freshmen and sophomores may be admitted if proposing an internship or if they are part of a group project.

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Advertised Schedule: 3 to 5:30pm or 6 to 8:30pm on Thu; additional meetings TBD

Upper Division Science Credit: Upper division science credit may be available through some internships.  Students seeking to earn upper division science credit must consult with the faculty prior to the start of the quarter.  Consultation with a science faculty the student has already worked with may also be required.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: planning, community development, non-profit management, environmental studies, education, social work or public policy

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
October 7th, 2010 New program added.