Pathway Program Course Descriptions

EXLN 106 - Community and the Self:  This course is the first course for the Civic Engagement Pathway Program and prepares students to be engaged citizens in their new home. The course serves as an introduction to the history of the city of Tacoma and our positionality within the city. Students engage their own values and identity, critically interrogating the social identities and experiences which shape their worldviews. The first half of the course focuses on identity development. The second half focuses on theories and practice of ethical civic engagement, working with community partners, and what it means to be a student member of Tacoma. Out-of-class volunteer hours are required. Acceptance into the Civic Engagement Pathway Program required.

EXLN 107 - Pathway Seminar 1:  In this course Pathway students will connect academic learning from the EXLN 106 Community and the Self to the experiences facilitated by this course.  Members of the Pathway cohort will attend on and off-campus lectures together, applying academic learning to real-world settings and problems.  Students will learn from those working in a variety of fields from academics to non-profit management and direct service work, to local politics.  This course provides space and structure for reflective learning through discourse and short writing assignments rather than fully-graded tests or papers. Acceptance into the Civic Engagement Pathway Program required.

EXLN 108 - Pathway Seminar 2:  Part 2 of the Pathway Seminar, in this course students will continue to draw connections between academic learning to the experiences facilitated by this course.  In this course, students will begin to think through their learning from the first two semesters of cohort participation and consider how to best capture and present that learning to those not in the program.  Students will visit the Collins Library Makerspace and explore creative methods for conveying their learning and tools for teaching others. Members of the Pathway cohort will attend on and off-campus lectures together, applying academic learning to real-world settings and problems.  The final project is to creatively share one's learning from the first three semesters of the program.  Students may elect to create an artist's book, zine, broadside, photo journal, or other method for capturing and sharing their learning. Acceptance into the Civic Engagement Pathway Program required.

EXLN 201 - RISE (Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience): Pathway students will participate in the RISE program as a cohort, culminating their Pathway experience in a summer internship following their sophomore year.  Pathway students will step into non-profit and political organizations tackling issues they are passionate about.  Students will learn the behind-the-scenes work of their internship organization while contributing to their organization's mission and goals.   

The RISE Program prepares students for and supports them in their summer internship, allowing students to connect their liberal arts education to an off-campus, career environment. The RISE program will also help students build career knowledge in their area of interest and be empowered to move confidently towards (or away from) a career.  Pathway students will need to enroll in the class for Spring 2018. If a student chooses to intern at a local site, limited low-cost, on-campus housing in a double room will be available.