Off-Campus Studies can help Rhetoric, Writing, and Public Discourse students…

  • Gain awareness of the major discipline from a different scholarly tradition
  • Develop primary research skills from field studies or work with primary sources
  • Develop a global perspective
  • Explore a rhetorical case study in-depth and on location
  • Expand cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills

How does a semester or year of OCS help students in Rhetoric, Writing, and Public Discourse prepare for graduate school or various career opportunities? 

  • Mainly through field experience in the subject of a student’s rhetorical interests

In general, the Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse program recommends that students who wish to study off campus discuss their plans as soon as possible with their major advisor.

  • In their first and second year at Whitman and prior to Off-Campus Studies, students who believe they may wish to major in Rhetoric should enroll in at least one rhetoric course. It is strongly recommended that students take RWPD 230 Introduction to Rhetoric and Public Culture before studying abroad.

  • We recommend that students study abroad in the spring semester of their third year so that they can take RWPD 387 Rhetorical Criticism in residence at Whitman in the fall of their third year. Students will still need to take RWPD 330 Rhetoric, Theory and the Human Condition, which is offered every spring semester, and should discuss with their major advisor if it would be appropriate to take this course in the spring of their fourth year.

Which requirements can Rhetoric, Writing, and Public Discourse majors fulfill while off campus?

  • Elective major credit
  • Research that can be used for Senior Thesis, if IRB approved

Major Credit Limitations

  • The maximum number of credits that can be applied to the Rhetoric, Writing, and Public Discourse major from off-campus studies (including credits from other U.S. institutions) is 8 credits 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 Rhetoric, Writing, and Public Discourse department?

  • Direct enrollment in a foreign university with host-country students
  • Field study program with opportunities to engage in research with the local community
  • Program that offers an opportunity for independent study research
  • Program that offers an opportunity for an internship or service learning embedded in an academic course as part of the program

Which Partner Programs are recommended by the Rhetoric, Writing, and Public Discourse department?

The Rhetoric department encourages students to attend OCS programs that deal with the following kinds of issues:

  • Politics
  • Social Activism
  • Legal Issues
  • Rhetoric/Argument/Communication Studies
  • Public Policy Programs
  • Issues of Poverty
  • Environment
  • Health

The department suggests that students seeking courses off-campus for the Rhetoric, Writing, and Public Discourse major consider attending the following off-campus programs.  Rhetoric, Writing, and Public Discourse majors are not limited to this list as there may be other OCS programs on Whitman’s partner program list that offer suitable courses as well.

  • AU Washington Semester Program (USA)
  • CIEE:  Amman Middle East Studies (Jordan)
  • CIEE:  Prague Central European Studies (Czech Republic)
  • DIS Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Hebrew University (Rothberg International School) (Israel)
  • IFSA: Argentine Universities Program (Argentina)

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.