Whittier Scholars Program Requirements


Through the Whittier Scholars Program, students self-design their own major (minimum 30 units, maximum 60 units) or minor (minimum 16 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/site planning and supervision. (1-3 credits, or 4 credits with approval from the WSP Director)

WSP 401. Senior Seminar
Final course in the sequence. Capstone seminar which enables students in the program to share their ideas and to peer review one another’s work as they progress through the creation of a Senior Project. Design Board approval and Director’s permission required. (3 credits)

WSP 499. Senior Project
Design Board approval and Director’s permission required. (variable credits)

Program Sequence

Freshman Year
Fall Semester: Participate in open WSP events.
Spring Semester: Students take foundation course, WSP 101: The Individual Identity and Community. Space is very limited.

Sophomore Year
Fall Semester: Students take WSP 201: Designing Your Education. May apply for admission to the program concurrent with enrollment in WSP 101 or 201, but must apply no later than fall semester, sophomore year. Students are admitted provisionally, with full admission contingent upon Whittier Scholars Council faculty approval of an Educational Design.

Junior Year
Second Semester: Students take WSP 301: Nature, Theory and Bases of Knowledge. This class helps prepare students for the Senior Project. Requirement for completion of the course is the successful presentation of the Senior Project proposal.

Senior Year
First Semester: Students take WSP 401: Senior Seminar, while working on the Senior Project with a faculty sponsor. The Seminar provides for peer discussion and review as part of the Senior Project process.
First or Second Semester: Students share their Senior Projects with colleagues in the WSP and the College community as a whole through the Senior Symposium series.