Off-Campus Studies can help Art History & Visual Culture Studies students …

  • Expand cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills
  • Develop an awareness of the major discipline from a different scholarly tradition
  • Develop a global perspective
  • Gain research skills from field studies or encounters with primary source

How does a semester or year of OCS help students in Art History & Visual Culture Studies prepare for graduate school or various career opportunities?  

  • By taking alternative courses not offered at Whitman, students are able to enhance their academic experience and to widen their interests.
  • Language skills are essential for graduate school in art history and for other career opportunities.
  • Credit-bearing internships through OCS can aid students in trying an art history-related career and in networking.

As a general rule of thumb, the Art History & Visual Culture Studies Department recommends the following for students who wish to study off campus.

  • Before studying off campus students should complete ARTH 103 Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture Studies plus two or three ARTH courses at the 200-level or 300-level.
  • It is also strongly recommended that AHVCS majors enroll in ARTH 299 Research and Writing in Art History and Visual Culture Studies in the second year prior to studying abroad.
  • ARTH majors may opt to study off campus in either the fall or the spring semester. It is also strongly recommended that AHVCS majors enroll in ARTH 299 Research and Writing in Art History and Visual Culture Studies in the second year prior to studying abroad.
  • Students going abroad should be aware that the oral senior exams in Art History & Visual Culture Studies are based only on courses completed at Whitman and not based on OCS courses.

Which requirements can Art History & Visual Culture Studies majors fulfill while off campus?

  • Elective major credit
  • General Studies distribution credit
  • General degree credit

Major Credit Limitations

  • The maximum number of courses that can be applied to the Art History & Visual Culture Studies major from off-campus studies (including credits from other U.S. institutions) is two courses with the approval of your major adviser.

Minor Credit Limitations

  • A minimum of three-fifths of the specific course and credit requirements for the minor must be completed in the on-campus program of the college.

What are the types of OCS programs recommended by the Art History & Visual Culture Studies department?

  • Study Center abroad for U.S. students
  • Direct enrollment in a foreign university with local students
  • Field study programs with opportunities to engage in research with the local community

Which Partner Programs are recommended by the Art History & Visual Culture Studies department?

The Art History department recommends that students either enroll in programs in which they can study art history and visual culture (especially history of architecture courses) or attend a program in which the focus is language acquisition, because languages are required for graduate studies in art history. A partial list of programs offering art history courses is as follows:

  • DIS Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • IES: Paris French Studies (France)
  • IES: Vienna European Society and Culture (Austria)
  • Syracuse University Florence (Italy)
  • University of East Anglia (Norwich, England)

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.