Encounters, a required course for first-year students, is a text-based course that emphasizes close reading, critical discussion, and the grounded presentation of arguments organized around various themes. The course provides first-year students with the tools to address 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.
The Outdoor Program offers environmentally sound trips and courses to Whitman students to help them develop leadership and outdoor skills.
Whitman Science Outreach connects to the community, educates K-12 students and teachers and engages in experiences that cultivate futures and inspire the exploration of science.
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.
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.