Each student at Whitman has particular strengths, skills, interests, and ambitions that are often reflected within their course of study, whether that includes a major, minor, combined major, individually planned major, or a combined program with another institution. Academic advising can take a number of forms, and there are formal and informal ways of seeking advice and information at Whitman. Whether you are meeting with your assigned pre-major advisor or Student Academic Advisor (SA); communicating with a peer; or learning about study-abroad, internship, or post-graduate opportunities from a staff or faculty member, you are getting information that may have an impact on the choices you make when determining your course of study.

Our Role

The staff of the Dean of Students Office can provide general academic advising for all students on topics such as:

  • general academic requirements
  • 4-year planning and understanding your academic evaluation
  • academic policies and procedures
  • the P-D-F grading option
  • taking a leave of absence
  • withdrawing from a class, and
  • filing a petition to the Board of Review.

We can also begin a conversation about taking an incomplete. If you would like to investigate this option, you would need to visit with Bridget Jacobson in order to file an incomplete. 

If you would like to visit with a Dean of Students staff member, please call us at 509-527-5972 or stop by our office in Memorial 325.

Pre-Major and Major Advisors 

Staff in the Dean of Students Office are responsible for assigning pre-major advisors to all incoming students. Pre-major advisors will guide you through your first couple years at Whitman, thereby ensuring that you are ready to declare a major by the end of your sophomore year, and that you have been mindful of distribution requirements. Part of the process of declaring your major is to secure a faculty member in your department as a major advisor. If you are declaring a double major, you will have a major advisor from each department; for example, a Mathematics-Economics major will have an advisor in the Mathematics department and one in the Economics department.  

Please see the Faculty Advisors section for more information about Pre-Major and Major advisors. 

Informal Advising Opportunities

While your pre-major or major advisor is a vital resource and will need to give you clearance for registration, you may likely find that there are many other helpful people on campus with additional perspectives. You may end up talking with another faculty member, soliciting advice from your Scramble leader, or attending an Off-Campus Studies presentation that suddenly opens up new possibilities for you. Be open to hearing from all these potential resources! The value of an institution like Whitman is the chance to have these kinds of moments.