Mathematics

Off-Campus Studies Mission Statement

Off-Campus Studies at Whitman College aims to develop in our students intercultural skills and global understanding for a lifetime of leadership.  We endeavor to achieve this goal by:

  • Providing off-campus study opportunities worldwide that offer high-quality academic content, instruction and evaluation.
  • Expanding learning opportunities for students and integrating the learning off-campus into their academic program to the fullest extent possible.
  • Promoting programs that increase a student’s foreign language and intercultural fluency.
  • Offering programs that foster an ability to question assumptions and think critically in the context of other worldviews.
  • Ensuring that programs are well integrated into the host community and encourage immersion of the student into the host culture. 
  • Developing the means by which returning students can actively contribute to international awareness and programming on campus, as well as in the Walla Walla community.

Off-Campus Studies can help Mathematics students…

  • Gain awareness of the major discipline from a different scholarly tradition
  • Prepare for an increasingly diverse and international workplace

What are the types of OCS programs recommended by the Mathematics department?

  • Programs for students from U.S. institutions with courses taught by local professors in a foreign country
  • Direct enrollment in a foreign university where math courses are available

How does a semester or year of OCS help students in Mathematics prepare for graduate school or various career opportunities? 

  • Off-campus studies expands the student’s breadth within the discipline by offering a range of courses that Whitman College cannot offer on a regular basis in the Mathematics department.

Which requirements can Mathematics majors fulfill while off campus?

  • Required courses for the major and/or elective major credit, with the approval of the major adviser
  • General Studies Distribution credit
  • General degree credit

Planning Tips

As a general rule of thumb, the Mathematics Department recommends the following for students who wish to study off campus.

  • Students should have completed MATH 225 Calculus III by the end of their third semester.
  • Students should have completed MATH 260 An Introduction to Higher Mathematics by the end of their fourth semester.
  • Students who do not intend to enroll in mathematics courses while abroad should also complete MATH 300 Linear Algebra or MATH 244 Differential Equations by the end of the second year
  • For Mathematics majors, spring semester off-campus study is recommended if a student is not studying math abroad.  Students who find suitable math courses to take during off-campus studies (such as Linear Algebra or Analysis) may study abroad either semester.

Credit Limitations

A maximum of 11 credits can be applied to the mathematics major from off campus studies (including credits from other U.S. institutions) with the approval of the student’s major adviser.

Which Partner Programs are recommended by the Mathematics department?

Math majors who wish to study off campus do not necessarily need to study math while they are away.  Those who choose to study math abroad may want to consider the following programs recommended by the math department.  Alternatively, students who can complete their math credits at Whitman may choose from among the college’s numerous Partner Programs worldwide that offer cultural or linguistic immersion in another country.

  • Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (Hungary)
  • University of St Andrews (Scotland)

Advising Support

Students interested in Off-Campus Studies should attend an OCS First Step meeting in the fall of their second year, discuss their interests with their major adviser, and schedule an appointment with an OCS adviser.