When Natalie Smythe '12, started at Whittier, she knew she wanted to mix philosophy, music, and education in her studies, and her Whittier Scholars major allowed her to do that and more. As she tried to tackle the question ‘’Is Hip-Hop Music a(n) (in)formal education?’’ she conducted research into what hip-hop teaches, and what contributions it makes to wider academic discourse. This led her to her senior thesis researching hip-hop feminism. Whittier students make their college experience count both by personalizing their majors and doing specialized Whittier Scholars projects, pursuing the things that make them tick – from arts management to neuroscience.
Watch a video about Natalie's project and those of other Whittier Scholars.
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