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  • About | Whittier College
    Program Whittier Scholars create their own major or minor or design their own course of study around a traditional major Learn more Alumni Spotlight I enjoyed Whittier College for the intersection of so many cultures Musician and WSP alumna Kelissa McDonald 11 Read more Research Fieldwork Developing Country Studies to Power Representation a look at recent WSP self designed majors Read more Prev Next In This Section Whittier Scholars Program Mobile About Admission Program Requirements Facilities Program Faculty Research Fieldwork Off Campus Experience After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Whittier Scholars Program About About On 1 May 2013 By admin 0 Comments The Whittier Scholars Program WSP was created for students who prefer an existence that is based on self determination and who are open to change As an individualized liberal arts program WSP students create their own major or minor or design their own course of study around a traditional major in collaboration with faculty advisors and peers The WSP is not an honors program Rather it is open to students who are highly motivated self directed independent fascinated by ideas and willing to meet program expectations WSP students take a series of interdisciplinary seminars designed to pique intellectual curiosity by considering a range of fundamental questions most of which have no easy answers With the exception of the four required seminars students complete the remainder of the credit requirements necessary for graduation by taking courses across the curriculum In this way they enjoy a shared experience with other students in the Program but are also part of the broader campus community The culmination of the WSP is a Senior Project which is designed presented and defended by all students in close collaboration with faculty sponsors Created in 1977 the WSP traditionally attracts high achieving and independent

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  • Alumni Spotlight | Whittier College
    Whittier Scholars Program Alumni Spotlight Alumni Spotlight On 11 Nov 2013 By mramos1 0 Comments CONSCIOUS MELODY Alumna Musician Reconnects to African Roots from The Rock Fall 2013 Growing up in the hills of St Andrew Jamaica Kelissa McDonald 11 developed a love of music at a young age With parents as the lead vocals in reggae band Chakula music constantly pulsated in McDonald s home and she made sure to never miss a beat even after she packed her bags and headed to Whittier Under the Whittier Scholars Program McDonald pursued the self designed major Africa and the Diaspora The Dynamics of Visual Artistic Expression in which she combined music the visual arts African studies anthropology and sociology Her ultimate goal to one day join the movement to re brand the image of Africa For her senior project McDonald used her graphic design skills to develop a line of t shirts meant to showcase and celebrate the rich historical and cultural heritage of African peoples Her major also provided her with the opportunity to take part in a meaningful study abroad experience in Ghana Prior to college I lived in Tanzania for three years where I was introduced to a whole new way of life This experience encouraged me to learn more about Africa which is why I chose to study abroad in Ghana I attended the University of Legon for one semester studied traditional Ghanaian dance drumming and xylophone as well as Twi one of the main languages spoken there In the end I strengthened my knowledge of the ties between Africa and the Diaspora particularly between Jamaica and West Africa As a Jamaican this was especially impactful and allowed me to connect with the people and culture on a deeper level making for a home away from

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  • Research & Fieldwork | Whittier College
    Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Whittier Scholars Slider An Individualized Liberal Arts Program Whittier Scholars create their own major or minor or design their own course of study around a traditional major Learn more Alumni Spotlight I enjoyed Whittier College for the intersection of so many cultures Musician and WSP alumna Kelissa McDonald 11 Read more Research Fieldwork Developing Country Studies to Power Representation a look at recent WSP self designed majors Read more Prev Next In This Section Whittier Scholars Program Mobile About Admission Program Requirements Facilities Program Faculty Research Fieldwork Off Campus Experience After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Whittier Scholars Program Research Fieldwork Research Fieldwork On 1 May 2013 By admin 0 Comments The Whittier Scholars Program WSP offers an alternative curricular path for a liberal arts education at Whittier College Students in the WSP work closely with faculty members and their peers to design their own educations Students create their own major or design their own course of study around a traditional major Examples of recent WSP self designed majors include Developing Country Studies Curatorial Studies Sustainable Urban Development Gender in International Politics Environmental Anthropology Humanitarian Assistance Sociology of Education Power Representation Socio Cultural Perspectives Identities Cross Cultural Studies in Performance The Senior Project is the culmination of each WSP student s education Examples of recent projects include Marine Food Systems Culture and Sustainability The Chicana Woman An Examination of Gender and Identity Deception An Adaptation of Shakespeare s A Winter Tale Othello and Titus Andronicus Power to the Pupils Children Speak Out About Their Experiences in Danish Schools Tin Soldiers Nixon

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  • Admission to the Whittier Scholars Program | Whittier College
    This Section Whittier Scholars Program Mobile About Admission Program Requirements Facilities Program Faculty Research Fieldwork Off Campus Experience After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Whittier Scholars Program Admission to the Whittier Scholars Program Admission to the Whittier Scholars Program On 1 May 2013 By admin 0 Comments Admission to the Whittier Scholars Program takes place in two stages a provisional admission and b full admission This two step process ensures that the WSP is the best curricular path for the student as determined by both the student and the members of the Scholars Council Provisional admission provides a testing and learning period during which students learn more about the WSP draft an Educational Design ED and determine if the WSP is the better fit for the student of the two curricular options offered by the college Because the purpose of provisional admission is to ensure that all students who are admitted into the WSP complete it successfully the Council comes to know the individual students and can assess whether the match of individuals to the Program is optimal Provisional admission for first year students First year students learn about the WSP during the first semester through a series of open meetings These meetings generally scheduled in the late afternoon or early evening offer information about the Program and provide a forum where students currently enrolled in the WSP can share their experiences about the Educational Design process and the Senior Project Some meetings introduce current and prospective students to alumni who can share the ways their WSP experiences have helped them in their careers This important networking opportunity gives students a head start in finding internships and or jobs after graduation Provisional admission for transfer or second year students Students may enter the WSP after the first year

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  • Whittier Scholars Program Requirements | Whittier College
    units or choose to do a traditional major in the WSP for which they would follow all the requirements for said major as stipulated by that department in the Course Catalog All WSP students create their own checklist for electives and courses supporting their major in close consultation with their Advisors and under the guidance of the WSP Council and Director or Associate Director Core Courses Whittier Scholars students must take WSP 101 201 301 401 in sequential order and complete a Senior Project WSP 499 as well as an off campus requirement study abroad internship service learning regardless if they have a self designed major major or traditional major WSP 101 The Individual Identity and Community The foundation course for the Scholars Program Designed to enable students to explore issues such as human beings in a social context the relationship between the individual and the community the role of education and the life of the mind and the ways in which values and affect play a role in asking and understanding enduring questions and analyzing issues Themes are addressed in terms of different historical periods disciplines cultures and identities Director s permission required 3 credits WSP 201 Designing Your Education Educational philosophy values clarification and goal setting alternatives for courses of study and preparation of an Educational Design Director s permission required 1 credit WSP 301 Nature Theory and Bases of Knowledge Explores various methods of gathering and understanding knowledge from a number of disciplinary perspectives Develops awareness of what knowledge is and an understanding of the approach most appropriate for completion of the Senior Project Acceptance into the Program and Director s permission required 3 credits WSP 399 Internship Internship is an area directly related to the Educational Design This is an off campus experience under joint college

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  • Facilities | Whittier College
    Home Getting Involved Housing Food Health Exercise Sustainability Student Support First Year at Whittier News Events Office of Communications News Releases Campus Events Calendar The Rock For the Media Emergency Information Athletics Athletics Alumni Get Involved Our Alumni Poet Awards Benefits Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Whittier Scholars Slider An Individualized Liberal Arts Program Whittier Scholars create their own major or minor or design their own course of study around a traditional major Learn more Alumni Spotlight I enjoyed Whittier College for the intersection of so many cultures Musician and WSP alumna Kelissa McDonald 11 Read more Research Fieldwork Developing Country Studies to Power Representation a look at recent WSP self designed majors Read more Prev Next In This Section Whittier Scholars Program Mobile About Admission Program Requirements Facilities Program Faculty Research Fieldwork Off Campus Experience After Whittier Support You are here Home Academics Whittier Scholars Program Facilities Facilities On 1 May 2013 By admin 0 Comments Quiet and intimate Wardman Hall houses the Whittier Scholars Program and classrooms Wardman first opened in 1924 through the generosity of Aubrey Wardman a Whittier area pioneer of the oil and telephone industries during the early part of the twentieth century who also served on the Whittier College board of trustees The building was once the residence of Harry Nerhood an outstanding faculty member in whose name an annual award is given to a faculty member in recognition of extraordinary teaching abilities The fireplace mantle in the interior lounge of Wardman includes an historic mural depicting the work of the Society of Friends the religious denomination that

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  • Program Council | Whittier College
    the Media Emergency Information Athletics Athletics Alumni Get Involved Our Alumni Poet Awards Benefits Services Connect Whittier Weekend Information For Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Information for Students Alumni Parents Families Friends Neighbors Faculty Staff Apply Visit Search form Search Calendar Directory Campus Life Admission About Academics News Events Athletics Giving Alumni Home Admissions Admission Admissions Slider Tailor Made Programs The Whittier Scholars Program lets students custom fit their studies to meet their academic goals More Multi Faceted Students Pledging a society while jumping into student government or team sports Whittier is all about having the whole college experience More Worldwide Impact Whittier students mix globetrotting and global opportunities emerging with international perspective and skills More The Power of Partnering Whether in a vegetable garden or in the classroom Whittier students and faculty interact in all kinds of profound ways More Roommate Chatter Monkeys and metaphysics may have more in common than you think More Prev Next You are here Home Admission Program Council Program Council On 1 May 2013 By admin 0 Comments Doreen O Connor Gómez Professor of Spanish Director of Whittier Scholars Program Deihl 110 562 907 4200 ext 4431 doconnor whittier edu Visit

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  • Off-Campus Experience | Whittier College
    practical hands on experience through internships community service and study abroad This experiential learning component permits WSP advisors faculty and on site supervisors to share in an invaluable educational process Through the interaction of classroom study and a work based off campus experience students can apply their classroom learning to enhance their personal development and better prepare for a rewarding professional future By study abroad students enhance their education through exposure to different points of view and in turn improve their critical thinking skills Students who do not plan to study abroad must carry out an internship or volunteer for community service for at least one semester to fulfill the WSP requirement Students are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per semester in order to receive one unit of academic credit A student may choose to do his her off campus work for credit or not for credit To receive credit s for your work you must enroll in WSP 399 Internship Internships Community Service We strongly recommend that WSP students interested in carrying out an internship or community service speak with the WSP Director early in their sophomore year to receive one to guidance All internships must be approved by the Director prior to starting them An internship or community service must relate to a student s particular academic and or professional goals and interests as set forth in his her Educational Design Students are encouraged to build networking contacts and take advantage of alumni resources in their search for an internship or volunteer position Study Abroad Overview WSP students interested in studying abroad are encouraged to visit the Office of International Programs in Platner Hall To study abroad during academic semesters a student MUST choose a Whittier College affiliated or approved program in order to use

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