Whatever your program of study or choice of career, understanding diversity and social justice will greatly enhance your leadership. The courses below offer a wide variety of opportunities to study these topics through the themes of Knowledge, Consciousness, Collaboration, and Action. Follow the links to see the full listing in the Course Catalog.
This course is an introduction to American Ethnic Studies. Students will explore the interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity, with a focus on the perspectives of people of color. An emphasis is placed on the comparative experiences and intellectual contributions of African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Chicanx and Latinx communities (among others). Such experiences are positioned in relation to queer of color critique, Third World feminism, and other intellectual genealogies.
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of diversity in American culture and society. An emphasis is placed on synthesizing and applying key concepts from literature, history, and sociology. Students will examine their own complex identities and experiences as they are constituted through socio-historical contexts and relationships of power. By way of critical self-reflection and analysis of works by fiction writers, artists, activists, historians, and sociologists, students will explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and disability in relation to lived experiences and larger social systems.
Monsters … and slashers … and ghosts! Oh, my! This course explores American culture and society through a history of monsters and horror in literary fiction, folklore, pop culture, and film. We will draw from ethnic, gender, and queer studies to examine monsters in context and to think about the ways in which they reveal broader power structures and cultural anxieties concerning race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, immigration, religion, and science. An eclectic, fun, and rigorous collection of monster and horror texts will be examined.
This course is an introduction to Queer Studies. Students will examine how historical, political, and social forces shape gender and sexuality in relation to race and other forms of social difference. An emphasis is placed on the experiences and intellectual contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, and gender non-conforming communities (among others) for interrogating power. Topics may include queer theory, queer ethnic studies, history, literature, politics, activism, media and pop culture.
This course is an introduction to African American Studies. Students will examine how a revolutionary body of ideas emerged from African Americans and the broader African diaspora. An interrogation of ideas about “Negro,” “Black,” and “African American” identities and experiences will be explored in context. Emphasis is placed on the intellectual and creative contributions of a wide-spectrum of leaders, scholars, artists, and activists. Topics may include perspectives from history, literature, politics, activism, and media and pop culture.
This course is an introduction to Latinx Studies. Students will explore key concepts and themes in the field. An emphasis is placed on how the political, economic, and historical linkages between the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and other regions have shaped Latinx identities and experiences. Topics may include Latinx and Latin American history, literature, politics, activism, and media and pop culture. Note: “Latinx” is used as a gender-neutral term for “Latinas” and “Latinos.”
This course is an introduction to methods and research in Critical Indigenous Studies. Students will explore the worldviews, lived experiences, and theoretical standpoints generated within Indigenous communities. An emphasis is placed on Indigenous ways of being, knowing, and doing in constantly evolving contexts as they converge inside and outside of academia. Topics may include concepts and issues such as decolonization, sovereignty, cultural reclamation, environmental justice, tribalography, historiography, and intergenerational resistance to settler colonialism.
Survey of the subfields of archaeology, biological anthropology and linguistic and cultural anthropology; physical and cultural variation and change examined.
Techniques, principles, issues, and goals of archaeological research; also prehistoric record examined.
Views humans as biological organisms within the framework of culture. Attention is given to human variation and adaptation; genetics, primate studies, fossil evidence for human evolution.
Cross-cultural comparison of non-Western and Western cultures; includes history, theories, and methods of the field.
Linguistic methods and theories used within anthropology; includes a variety of approaches to the study of language.
Anthropological understanding of local and global environmental problems and sustainability. Human adaptation to the environment. Globalization, ethnoecology, political ecology, environmental justice, history, theory, methods of Environmental Anthropology.
Exploration of communication as a reflection of and constructive tool for gender and sex roles. Considers the role of media, popular culture, gendered language, and performance in various communicative contexts.
A survey of history, philosophy, principles, issues, and trends in American education. This includes opportunities for observations of educational models and exploration of career paths.
A survey of the rhetoric used in graphic novels and comic books with an emphasis on its representations of social issues and their place in history. The texts will include multiple authors who use comics as a medium to tell powerful stories, some of which are a very personal retelling of their own history. We will be looking at the superhero genre as it is the dominant narrative used in comic books/graphic novels but will move beyond this genre towards texts that use this medium to provide powerful narratives and ideologies.
A survey of the literature of science fiction, with an emphasis on the theme of diversity, including the representation of gender, race, social class, sexuality, and culture in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the role of diversity in the authorship of science fiction short stories and novels. Authors and works will vary but may include Shelley, Wells, Bradbury, Asimov, Le Guin, Delaney, Atwood, Butler, and Okorafor.
This course is an introduction to Native American Literature and Film in the western hemisphere, especially the continental United States. The communications of people Indigenous to the Americas will be examined, and those works will be encountered and evaluated within the overlapping contexts of history, power, and culture. By reading in four genres—fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama—students will develop a unified understanding of contemporary Native literature and the ways in which it is situated in multiple social, political, and historical contexts. In addition to written texts, this course will examine spoken word, decorative arts, and films.
A survey of modernism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism in British Literature from 1900 to the present day. Authors and works vary, but may include Conrad, Joyce, Woolfe, Auden, Achebe, Rhys, Ballard, Smith, and Rushdie.
Women’s Literature uses gender and sexuality studies to critically analyze and investigate literary women’s writing. This course gives students a solid intellectual foundation for the further study of gender in women’s literature as it operates in multiple social, cultural, political, and geographic locations. Our inquiries will reflect the importance of thinking intersectionally—acknowledging that cultural categories such as race, class, nation, ethnicity, gender, disability, and sexual orientation operate in complex and interlocking ways within literature and culture of the different historical/literary periods.
This course examines immigration to the United States from colonization to the present. We will explore immigration patterns, laws, and debates, while placing them in historical context. We will read primary sources and first-hand accounts to better understand the diversity of immigration processes and experiences. Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL& 101 with a grade of 2.0 or above is strongly recommended.
Explores the social, political and economic roles of women, pre-contact to the present. Comparative approach illustrates the variety of experiences among women of diverse races, social and economic classes, and ethnic groups.
A survey of gender, gender identity, women, and feminism in American Culture and transnationally, history, literature, and the media. Students may receive credit for HUMAN 220 or HUMAN 320 but not both. The student expectations in HUMAN 320 are more rigorous than HUMAN 220.
This course offers students a chance to explore diversity – in our own backyard! We will consider how the interwoven histories of the Salish Sea (the Puget Sound), the growth of Seattle into a world-class city, and the tensions of the environmental and economic forces of the Kitsap Peninsula (including the region’s military significance) inform and underpin fiction, poetry, and non-fiction narratives. Students will explore how narratives of family, community, local history, and even the Pacific Northwest bioregion affect their own
Writers/Writing as Activism will immerse students in writing and actions to persuade and to enact social change. It will invite students to do in depth research into relevant topics and to choose from a variety of forms—written and oral and others to be determined (conference, play, etc.)—to create documents that seek to articulate the reasons for social change and what kind of change might be beneficial. Students will also collaborate and present work to the Olympic College and Bremerton-area community.
A survey of the key concepts and guiding principles in human services theory and practice.
Managing a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce with a Global Perspective. This course will focus on innovative practices that can make the workplace and world a more inclusive environment.
Introduces the subject matter, theories and methods of sociology. Focuses on the interaction between the individual and the social milieu.
An introductory course on aging focusing particularly on the social and emotional dimensions of the aging process.
This course examines structural and personal change factors in families in Western and non-Western countries.
An examination of America's diverse ethnic and cultural traditions, with an emphasis on global and comparative perspectives.
Students are asked to consider the value of studying social problems from a sociological perspective.
Provides introduction to various discourses within social sciences on the socio-cultural construction and meaning of human sexuality and gender.
GEOG 210 Social Justice Geography (new course, not listed in the catalog until the 2021-2022 academic year)
Analysis of the geographical distribution of power, resources, access, and opportunities on a global, national, and local scale; with a focus on cultural geography, population migration, the environment, and economic growth.