Research And 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 the Phi Alpha Theta southern California regional conference) 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

PUTTING HISTORY TO USE
Humanities Scholar Brings Nixon Research
to Young Students

Leading tours at the Richard M. Nixon ’34 Presidential Library in Yorba Linda and teaching 10-year-olds about the former president gave Mario Obando ’13, the 2012-13 Whittier College Nixon fellow, great insight into the political career of Whittier’s most famous alumnus.

Obando, whose fellowship project involved a semester-long internship at the Presidential Library, had to master the skills of taking a complex subject, such as the Nixon administration, and make it accessible to people of all ages. Read more.