“You never know who you are until you have lived somewhere other than your own country." –Lynn Sharp, Associate Professor, History Department

Off-Campus Studies can help History students …

  • Access historical evidence not available in Walla Walla such as archives, public history sites and museums
  • Improve foreign language skills
  • Gain awareness of the major discipline from a different scholarly tradition
  • Develop a global perspective
  • Expand cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills
  • Prepare for an increasingly diverse and international workplace

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

  • Foreign language skills—students interested in graduate studies in history will need knowledge of at least one and often two languages other than English
  • Global awareness
  • Comparative perspective

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

  • Students should begin enrolling in history courses as soon as possible.
  • Second-year students should enroll in HIST 299 Historical Methodologies prior to studying off campus.
  • Discuss your graduation plan fully with your history major adviser in your second year if you plan to study abroad.

Which requirements can History majors fulfill while off campus?

  • Elective major credit in consultation with your history major adviser. (Note: Courses taken abroad are not recommended for use in the history major exams taken senior year.)
  • General Studies distribution credit
  • General degree credit

Major Credit Limitations

  • The maximum number of credits that can be applied to the History major from off campus studies (including AP credit, IB credit and credits from other U.S. institutions) is 8 credits with the approval of your major adviser.
  • Business courses typically cannot be transferred to Whitman because they are vocational in nature and not considered liberal arts.

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.

There are many off-campus studies programs that are suitable for students who wish to study history abroad, hone foreign language skills, or engage in an internship related to US history in Philadelphia or Washington DC. Please consult with your major adviser and the OCS staff for specific recommendations related to your goals.

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.