Why Whitworth

The arts: A window into human identity

The arts inspire in us the delight of the beautiful, the challenge of the provocative, an exploration of our individual and communal identities, and an enhanced understanding of the divine.

Whitworth's music, theatre, dance and visual arts programs are recognized widely for their excellence in preparing students for top graduate programs, successful careers and meaningful lives, and for entertaining and inspiring audiences on campus, as well as regionally, nationally and internationally. The programs' outstanding faculty members are dedicated teachers and active professionals who perform nationwide, who direct regional theatre productions, who create and publish jazz, orchestra and ensemble arrangements, and whose artworks are featured in exhibits and win awards at juried competitions.

All Whitworth students complete at least one course in creative expression and appreciation as part of their liberal-arts education. Through our hallmark Core Worldview Studies Program, students gain insights into how the arts have been used throughout history to express the human condition and to challenge prevailing political, religious and social assumptions.

And through the acclaimed artists Whitworth brings to campus for performances, workshops and exhibits, students experience a breadth of contemporary arts that lead them to consider the world --and their role in it -- in new ways.