This Week in Feature:

Majors and Careers


Why do students choose their majors? This week, we talk to students who planned their own majors and students who entered Whitman with a career plan and major already in mind.

Infographic by Julie Peterson

Pre-professional Majors, Liberal Arts Model in Conflict by

This article was co-authored by Ben Caldwell. The liberal arts model of education is a hallmark of Whitman’s identity, but recently the value of a multidisciplinary, less career-oriented liberal arts education has come into question. In recent years, faculty and students have discussed the pros and cons of entering college with a ... (more)


Students Create Individually Planned Majors by

Over the past five years, approximately 0.5 percent of graduating students completed a major not offered at Whitman College, instead opting to create their own individually planned major, or IPM. This year, a small number of students will pursue an interdisciplinary path of study that would otherwise be inaccessible to them in one of the offered majors. To get a personally designed IPM approved, students are required to undergo a rigorous approval process with the Board of Review. This procedure includes creating a set of courses and alternative courses for the major, proving the relevance of said choices and proving that ... (more)



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Infographic by Julie Peterson

Pre-professional Majors, Liberal Arts Model in Conflict

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In recent years, faculty and students have discussed the pros and cons of entering college with a specific major and career plan already in mind.


Students Create Individually Planned Majors

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Over the past five years, approximately 0.5 percent of graduating ...


Faculty Reflect on Past College Presidents

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When looking at the legacies of past presidents, it’s clear ...

Whitman and Goodwill: A Love Story

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The thrift shop down the road from campus, Goodwill, sells ...


Humor Through the Archives

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Just as The Pioneer has undergone many a transformation since ...


Retiring Dean Leaves Legacy In SA Program

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Associate Dean of Students for Academic Support Services Clare Carson ...


Students Seek Counseling Center Alternatives

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There are alternative resources to the Counseling Center on campus ...