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 Art students…

  • Expand cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills
  • Develop an awareness of the major discipline from a different scholarly tradition
  • Direct experience of art in different cultures and its social context
  • Develop a global perspective
  • Prepare for an increasingly diverse and international workplace
  • Improve or acquire foreign language skills

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

  • Direct enrollment in a foreign university with local students with a studio art focus
  • Programs that offer relevant studio art programs

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

  • Exposure to art forms in different societies, including the developing world 
  • Programs that offer relevant studio art programs

Which requirements can Art majors fulfill while off campus?

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

Planning Tips

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

  • We strongly recommend that art majors ARTH 229 Art Since 1945 on campus before their senior year.  Students need to have completed ARTS 110 Introduction to Visual Art Practices, ARTS 115 Beginning Drawing and fulfilled the prerequisites for the ARTS 480 Senior Studio Seminar and ARTS 490 Thesis in Art Studio before their senior year.
  • We prefer that art majors study abroad in the fall instead of the spring semester, as being at Whitman spring semester helps prepare students for their Senior Thesis Seminar courses.
  • We do not recommend two semesters of off-campus study as it limits students’ interaction with faculty in the department and sets the student back in terms of preparation for their senior year.

Credit Limitations

A maximum of 11 credits can be applied to the art major from off-campus studies (including credits from other U.S. institutions) with the approval of the student’s art major adviser.  Art majors must return to Whitman with a portfolio of work completed abroad in art courses.

Which Partner Programs are recommended by the Art department?

The art department recommends the following programs for studio art majors.  Please note that admission to some programs is quite competitive and requires a portfolio.

  • IFSA-Butler Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • IES London:  The Slade School of Fine Art (England)
  • IES Berlin:  Metropolitan Studies (Germany)
  • IFSA-Butler Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza (Argentina)
  • DIS Danish Institute for Study Abroad (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Syracuse in Florence (Italy)

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.