Research & Fieldwork

At Whittier College, our student body works in close, active collaboration with professors who are leaders in their fields. Together, this team of learners conducts research projects that push the boundaries of knowledge and inquiry.

For example, select students support faculty members with their professional academic investigations. At other times, it is the faculty which assists the efforts of students in pursuing groundbreaking new research. As a result of these experiences, and with confidence in their own abilities, Whittier students regularly go on to participate in conferences (such as the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research) and other academic conclaves across the nation.

Students further interact with faculty members in programs that are part of the College’s Centers of Distinction and take place at Garrett and Hartley Faculty Masters' Houses, on-campus residences where professors live for a multi-year term and coordinate and host an array of educational and social activities.

While students at large universities struggle merely to gain face-time with professors, here at Whittier, students interact with the faculty personally and on a daily basis.

Academics in Action


Shakespeare Class Grieves for Othello

On a warm October day, students congregated on the patio at Hoover Hall to honor a significant loss. Somber faces gazed upon memorials set upon a table - yet these memorials were very odd.

There was a plush lamb wrapped in rubber snakes. An empty wine bottle with a vine sprouting out of it. A red-spotted handkerchief wrapped around a wooden sword. A broken telephone with skulls sitting on its buttons. A box wrapped in aluminum foil with a Barbie and mirror shards inside.

The memorials were created by the students themselves - and accompanied them as they presented eulogies related to the great Shakespearean tragedy OthelloRead more.