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College Catalog 2014-2015 
College Catalog 2014-2015 ARCHIVED CATALOG

College Catalog 2014-2015

Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses, taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by our Quaker heritage, a Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.


Whittier College holds regional accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Senior College and University Commission. You may contact WASC at:

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, California 94501
(510) 748-9001

Whittier College professional teacher preparation programs are approved by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Whittier College is on the approved program list of the American Chemical Society; a College Partner Member Institution of the American Association of University Women; and accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Commitment to Diversity

Whittier College is committed to maintaining a diverse community in an atmosphere of mutual respect and valuing differences. Whittier College does not discriminate in its educational, admission, and employment policies on the bases of race, color, creed, religion, national/ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, age, military status, or disability.

Whittier College is classified as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).


Named for renowned 19th century poet John Greenleaf Whittier, our College is located in the hills overlooking metropolitan Los Angeles and coastal Southern California, and we take full advantage of our location in educating students. The College was founded by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1887, but has been non-sectarian since the 1940s. Nonetheless, the social values associated with our Quaker heritage - freedom of conscience, integrity, internationalism, listening to others and building consensus - strongly influence the College’s ethos. The campus has a friendly tone, and there is respect for people of all backgrounds and nationalities. Whittier has a long-standing commitment to a diverse student body and faculty, and the acceptance of difference that it thereby seeks to engender. Because of our values and our practices, a Whittier education prepares graduates to lead productive and meaningful lives.


A college with a long and distinguished past has traditions that connect each new student with those who came before. The most important Whittier College traditions are those that mark both the initiation of new students into the College and the successful completion of their course of study. The President’s Convocation, held on the first evening that new students arrive, formally inducts new Poets into the Whittier College community. This impressive ceremony begins with students marching through a corridor of faculty in full academic regalia and concludes with the igniting of candles to symbolize sharing the light of learning. Commencement, held in Memorial Stadium in front of family and friends, marks the conclusion of our students’ academic journey at Whittier, but by no means the end to their association with the College. Beginning with a moment of silence in the Quaker tradition, the ceremony reaches its peak as graduates receive their diplomas against a backdrop of international flags, representing the home countries of our students and reflecting the Quaker spirit of internationalism and global unity.

Between these two important rituals are a host of traditions and events that build “Poet Pride.” These range from the never-ending painting of the Rock, to Homecoming, Spring Sing, and Helping Hands Day. Celebrations of the diverse cultures represented by students and faculty include the annual Tardeada and Asian Night. And, of course we yell “Fear the Poet” at sporting events and on other occasions to exclaim our school spirit.


Fees, tuition, programs, courses, course content, instructors, and regulations are subject to change without notice.

Issue of the Whittier College Catalog

Volume 92 • Fall 2014 - Summer 2015
Published by Whittier College, Office of the Registrar
13406 Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA 90601