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WWU / Fairhaven College of Interdiscipinary Studies

Welcome to Fairhaven!

A Small College within a University

Fairhaven College is the interdisciplinary, liberal arts college of Western Washington University. We are a small learning community where students take an uncommon degree of responsibility for the direction of their own education.

 

Fairhaven students can design their own degree programs by drawing from the resources at Fairhaven College and the larger university.

Interdisciplinary Study

In Fairhaven College courses, students develop critical thinking skills while making connections between several academic disciplines.

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Read about how the concentration works in The Interdisciplinary Concentration >

See interdisciplinary study in action in Current Course Descriptions >

Read about how our students design their own education in Student Profiles >

 

Seminar Classes

Students of diverse identities, experiences, and ideologies learn interactively in our seminar-style classes of 15-20 students.

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Read about our faculty in Faculty Profiles >

See interdisciplinary study in action in Current Course Descriptions >

Read about how our students design their own education in Student Profiles >

 

Intensive Advising

All full-time faculty members are academic advisors supported by professional staff and supplemented by student peer mentors.

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Find out more about our intensive advising structure in Advising >

Find out about Peer Mentors >

Read about our faculty in Faculty Profiles >

 

Theory & Practice

Join theory with practice in both local and international contexts. Students apply what they learn through independent study, internships and experientially-based learning activities. more

Narrative Evaluation

Faculty respond to student narrative evalutions, replacing letter grades and forming an "academic autobiography" of growth and learning with depth and individuality. more

 

 

Who we are

Of 15,000 Western Washington University students, 400 attend Fairhaven College.

90 new students are admitted for fall quarter; students can apply for admission any quarter
15-20 students is our typical class size
24% are students of color
33% are out of state students
22% are the first of their families to attend college
Of our faculty, 33% are people of color

*Based on Fall 2012 entrants.