Whitman Signature Programs

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  • Encounters

    Encounters is a text-based course that emphasizes close reading, critical discussion, and the grounded presentation of arguments organized around various themes. Encounters provides first-year students with the tools and opportunity to transition from being a high school student to a college student capable of addressing increased analytical complexity.

  • Global Studies Initiative

    The Global Studies Initiative seeks to address historical and contemporary interconnections to enable Whitman students — future humanitarians, teachers, diplomats and business people — to interact effectively and meaningfully with people from all corners of the world.

  • Off-Campus Studies

    Off-Campus Studies at Whitman College aims to develop in our students intercultural skills and global understanding for a lifetime of leadership by providing off-campus study opportunities worldwide that offer high-quality academic content, instruction and evaluation.

  • Outdoor Program

    The Outdoor Program fosters personal growth, facilitates learning and creates recreational opportunities through leadership development, skills training and safe, environmentally sound trips in a supportive community.

  • Science Outreach

    The Science Outreach program inspires Walla Walla Valley teachers and students to explore science through an Advance Studies Enrichment Program, a spring science fair, classroom programs, and a Summer Institute for Teachers.

  • Semester in the West

    Semester in the West is an interdisciplinary field program focusing on public lands conservation and rural life in the interior American West.

  • State of the State for Washington Latinos

    The State of the State for Washington Latinos is a community-based research project at Whitman College.

  • Summer Read Program

    In the Summer Read Program, a reading selection is assigned to all new first-year students. This selection provides a platform for intellectual discussion and debate for the college's newest students.

  • Whitman Undergraduate Conference

    The Whitman Undergraduate Conference celebrates the scholarship and creativity of Whitman students over a day dedicated entirely to their presentations, posters and performances.