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 classics students…

  • Improve ancient language skills
  • Gain primary research skills from field studies or work with primary sources
  • Gain experience with and exposure to the material culture of ancient Mediterranean societies
  • Develop a global perspective

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

  • Programs in Athens and Rome that focus on the material culture of the ancient world
  • Direct enrollment in a foreign university with local students

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

  • The primary reason to study abroad is to have direct, on-the-spot access to the physical material remains of the cultures that classicists study: the architecture, topography, archaeological sites, and museums that preserve the remains of the classical world.
  • Students are immersed in ancient culture through visiting sites and museums, and studying them with an intensity and depth of focus that can be best accomplished in the student’s native language.
  • Studying abroad, especially at ICCS Rome or CYA, enhances graduate school and professional school applications and training.

Which requirements can Classics majors fulfill while off campus?

  • Intermediate or upper-level ancient Greek and Latin. (Students must continue their ancient language study while they are abroad.)
  • Elective major credit
  • Research that can be used for Senior thesis
  • General degree credit

Planning Tips

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

  • First-year students should begin one ancient language course.
  • Second-year Classics Majors should begin a second ancient language and continue the first ancient language. 
  • Second-year Classical Studies Majors should continue studying one ancient language.
  • For Classical Studies Majors prior work at Whitman in classical civilization courses will make study abroad more rewarding.

Credit Limitations

The maximum number of courses that can be applied to the Classics major from off campus studies (including credits from other U.S. institutions) is 12 credits with the approval of your major adviser.

Which Partner Programs are recommended by the Classics department?

  • The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (Rome, Italy)
  • College Year in Athens (Athens, Greece)
  • University of St Andrews, (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.