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 Theatre students…

  • 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

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

  • Programs that offer conservatory-style training in the theatre
  • Programs that offer opportunities to study alongside host-country students
  • Programs that offer internships related to theatre

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

  • Exposes students to working professionals and affords them time to focus more specifically on their particular interests in the theatre.
  • Conservatory-style acting programs offer the opportunity for concentrated training
  • Cultivates an understanding of different lifestyles and what it is like to be a British student, a French student, etc.
  • Helps students develop professional connections
  • Provides an opportunity to attend live theatre in a different cultural context

Which requirements can Theatre majors fulfill while off campus?

  • Elective major credit in consultation with the major adviser
  • General Studies distribution credit
  • General degree credit

Planning Tips

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

  • First and second-year students should try to enroll in THTR 125 Beginning Acting I, THTR 245/246 Play Production and at least two courses in dramatic literature and theatre history.  Some of these courses are offered in alternate years, so students need to be aware of their long term academic plan.
  • Students are encouraged to study off-campus in either fall or spring.  We recommend that students meet with their theatre major adviser when planning for off-campus studies and keep in mind when courses are offered here at Whitman.  Be aware of the choices you are making fulfilling the requirements of the major.

Credit Limitations

The maximum number of credits that can be applied to the theatre major from off campus studies (including credits from other U.S. institutions) is 11 credits as approved by the major adviser.

Note that the theatre history and dramatic literature courses offered by study abroad programs are usually not able to satisfy those Whitman course requirements.  The academic courses (history and literature) offered by study abroad programs are usually too specific/not broad enough to replace the academic courses offered by our Theatre department.

Which Partner Programs are recommended by the Theatre department?

  • British American Drama Academy (BADA) London Theatre Program
  • British American Drama Academy (BADA) Modern European Theatre Program
  • IES Study London for theater internships (England)
  • National Theater Institute (Waterford, Connecticut, USA)

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.