Liberal Arts Education

Liberal Arts Education


A strong and broad foundation of knowledge. A passion for the life of the mind. The ability to adapt and think critically. The desire to ask serious questions about the society we live in and the ability to analyze complex issues to find answers to those questions. The drive to take intellectual risks. Creativity. Persuasive, thoughtful communication. Strong interpersonal and social skills. These are all products of the rigorous liberal arts education that Whitman offers students. And regardless of the major you choose to pursue, these skills will be developed throughout your Whitman education.

An interdisciplinary curriculum. First-year Core: a two-semester class in Antiquity and Modernity which exercises your intellect through fascinating discussions and in-depth exploration of great Western philosophy, religion, history, and literature, all in a small collaborative classroom setting with no more than 16 students per class. As part of the general studies requirement, you’ll take courses on both topics you’ve always wanted to explore as well as on those you haven’t yet considered, ranging from anthropology to geology, and the politics of environmental studies to world literature.

A passion for rigorous scholarship. Whitman faculty are not only experts in their fields, they also bring their passion into the classroom to inspire a true dedication to scholarship in their students. They will demand your engagement while providing support for your learning. You will come to know them personally as they become collaborators, critics, mentors, and advisors.

Experiences that connect you to the real world. A Whitman liberal arts education extends to challenging learning experiences outside the classroom, across the region, and around the world. Research opportunities, social and athletic programming, informal lectures and discussions, service learning, study abroad, internships, and real-world fieldwork allows you to place your classroom learning in the context of daily life. These experiences help reinforce the ideas and insights inspired by rigorous theoretical learning within Whitman’s classrooms.