Academic Department Policies and Recommendations

meredith_tumilty_2010_NewZealand copyEach academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the Off-Campus Study Liaison to assist students with their academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/ minor credit while abroad.

Many departments also have specific policies and program recommendations with respect to off-campus study. You should consult with your major advisor and off-campus liaison as you begin the process of choosing a program and a semester for study abroad. Many departments have web sites with relevant information as well.

The Opportunities For Your Major Off-Campus fliers list programs and universities that may be of particular interest for your major or your area of interest.

 

Off-Campus Study Course Approval form (including for major, minor, and distribution requirement credit)

 

 
 
MAJORS / MINORS

 

African American Studies [Web site]
Liaison: Cheryl Townsend Gilkes
Policies and Recommendations:
Please consult the department.
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: none.
  • When: pre-approval and/or from off-campus via email. Cases for post-approval can be made with a syllabus for the course to be considered.
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits on a course by course, case by case basis.
  • Other: African American Studies prefers that a majority of courses in the minor and at least half of the courses in the major be completed at Colby College.

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American Studies [Web site]

Liaison: Laura Saltz
Policies and Recommendations: Please consult the department.
Anthropology [Web site]
Liaison: Please consult your Anthropology Advisor
Policies and Recommendations:
Anthropology encourages all its majors to study abroad, and prefers participation in programs that expose students to a distinctly different cultural context; programs that require a homestay, language acquisition, and a service-learning component are particularly valuable for anthropological learning. Anthropology majors have many different possibilities from which to choose, including both field-based/theme programs and university and study-center programs. 

Before you decide on a program, consult your advisor to consider what kind of study abroad experience will work best for you. Most universities abroad will have an anthropology department. These programs can be great opportunities to study subjects not taught at Colby, such as Archaeology, Physical Anthropology, or Medical Anthropology as well as courses on diverse cultural topics.

Field-based, Theme, and Study Center programs typically offer students the opportunity to study local or regional cultures, as well as participate in homestays, hands-on fieldwork or service learning, and language acquisition. These are all valuable components of your anthropological learning. 

Anthropology majors and minors may not take core courses abroad (AY 112, 113, 313, 332, 333, senior seminar). The department may accept one course from the semester abroad as an elective toward the major, or in the case of more experientially-based programs (such as many School for International Training or CIEE programs) may accept the combination of semester coursework and independent study as one elective toward the major.

Art [Web site]
Liaison: Peter Harris
Policies and Recommendations:
Students choosing to study in Italy are encouraged to go to Rome rather than Florence since the American community in Florence can easily dominate the local culture. Syracuse in Florence is nevertheless recommended for students interested in pursuing studies in architecture (these students need only take Italian 125 and 126 before departure). The department supports petitions for the following programs in Italy: Pitzer in Parma and Brown in Bologna.

As a result of oversubscription of Italian courses at Colby, the Art department is willing to allow majors who have not been able to complete the full language prerequisite to attend programs in Italy, provided they complete the equivalent of at least Italian 125 and 126 prior to departure.

In the English-speaking world, the department recommends London and University College Cork (particularly for early medieval Irish art) over Australia and New Zealand.

Studio students are encouraged to talk with the department about petitioning for permission to attend local art schools (as opposed to American-run programs).

All courses taken abroad must be pre-approved by the department. Any subsequent changes to the approved courses must also be pre-approved. Art Majors and Minors are not allowed to take basic courses such as AR 111, 112 and 131 abroad.

Art department policy for the all-college Arts requirement: among the courses offered by the Art department only the following fulfill the all-college Arts requirement: AR 111 (Survey of Western Art, part I); AR 112 (Survey of Western Art, part II); AR 131 (Foundations in Studio Art); AR 161 (Sculpture); AR 173 (Survey of Asian Art); AR138 (Intro to Digital Imaging). The Art department policy is to only grant Arts credit to courses abroad that correspond to those offered at Colby which fulfill the requirement. (Note that the Music, Theater and Dance, and Creative Writing departments also offer courses that fulfill the Arts Requirement; students should contact these departments).

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: None but all courses need approval
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits
Biology [Web site]
Liaison: Judy Stone
Policies and Recommendations:
The Department of Biology urges its majors to think carefully about their educational goals.  If off-campus study would be helpful in reaching those goals, we urge students to consult with their advisor and departmental OCS liaison or other members of the department about:
    * The off-campus program(s) that can best meet those goals.
    * The best semester to study abroad. The department has no preferred semester for off-campus study.

The department recommends that majors consider the following programs and universities to meet their academic goals for off-campus study.  Please note that any program or university not included on this list would require a petition before credit toward the biology major could be awarded. Biology majors studying in Latin America need only have taken two semesters (through 126) of Spanish before participating.

All classes to be credited toward the major must be pre-approved by the OCS Liaison of the department. Approved classes taken off-campus can count toward fulfilling area requirements for the major.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
•    Maximum number of courses: 8 credits max for a semester or 12 credit hours in total from off-campus programs, including credits transferred from other institutions.
•    Contact: Dept. OCS Liaison
•    When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
•    Required course information: Course number & course description & syllabus & equiv. credits (and lab syllabi, if applicable)       

Programs in Cellular, Organismal, and Population Biology
*In Africa
CIEE Cape Town -- Many applicable courses (with labs) in Zoology and Botany.

*In Europe
Colby in Salamanca (Integrated Program) – many applicable courses, some with labs.
    (Note that SP135 and SP231 are pre-requisites for the integrated program.)
Cambridge University (King’s College) -- Many applicable courses, most without labs.
Oxford University -- Many applicable courses, some with labs.
University College London -- Many applicable courses, some with labs.
University of Edinburgh -- Many applicable courses, some with labs.
University of Glasgow -- Many applicable courses, some with labs.
University of St. Andrews -- Many applicable courses, some with labs.

*In Oceania
James Cook University – many applicable courses, most with labs.
University of Melbourne – many applicable courses, some with labs.
University of New South Wales (petition) – many applicable courses, most with labs.
University of Queensland (petition) – many applicable courses, most with labs.
University of Auckland – many applicable courses, most with labs
University of Otago – many applicable courses, most with labs

Programs in Medicine/ Health
DIS (Danish Institute for Study Abroad) – Biotechnology (one bio lab)
DIS - Biomedicine (lab possible as elective course) DIS - Medical Practice and Policy (lab possible as elective course)
International Honors Program – Health and Community (one bio lab)
Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) – Global Health in Costa Rica (petition; two bio labs)

Programs in Field Ecology (SIT and SFS programs might carry credit for only one bio lab)
Colby at Bigelow Laboratory (Ocean Science)
CIEE in Costa Rica:  Tropical Ecology and Conservation (petition)
James Cook University (for the study of tropical biology)
Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) – African Ecology & Conservation
Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) – Tropical Biology in Costa Rica (petition)
Round River Conservation Studies:  Namibia Desert
Round River Conservation Studies:  Botswana-Linyanti (petition)
Round River Conservation Studies:  Patagonia (Chile) (petition)
SES (Semester in Environmental Science) Woods Hole
SFS Australia – Tropical Rainforest Studies
SFS Costa Rica – Sustainable Development Studies
SFS Panama - Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies
SFS Turks & Caicos -- Marine Resource Management Studies
SIT Australia:  Rainforest Studies
SIT Ecuador:  Comparative Ecology and Conservation
SIT Madagascar:  Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (French required by Colby)
SIT Panama:  Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation (petition)
SIT Tanzania – Zanzibar:  Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Chemistry [Web site]
Liaison: Julie Millard
Policies and Recommendations: Please consult the department.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: none
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: pre-approval only
  • Required course information: syllabus & equiv. credits & name of the institution (and lab syllabi, if applicable)
  • Other: Note: consult with advisor and Pre-Med advisor as taking certain courses outside of Colby may negatively impact medical school applications
Classics [Web site]
Liaison: Yossi Roisman
Policies and Recommendations:
Classics and Classical Civilization majors are in a special situation when it comes to studying abroad. If they travel to Italy and Greece, they are not trying to immerse themselves in contemporary life but rather studying the material culture of lost civilizations. For this reason, the requirement to have taken three semesters of the country's modern language before the semester abroad is waived when the student attends departmentally-recommended programs. While studying in Greece or Italy, students should take a class in the modern language. In special circumstances, however, if a particular student needs to take a full load of Classics courses while abroad, the Classics Department in consultation with OCS may permit her/him to omit the modern language class.

Classics majors have studied abroad in Greece, Italy, Ireland, and the UK, to name a few countries. The Department of Classics particularly recommends the College Year in Athens due to the quality of its program, and the favorable experiences of our students.

All courses to be taken abroad must be pre-approved by the Department. Any subsequent changes to the approved courses must also be pre-approved. The Department urges students to select courses in the programs abroad that are NOT offered at Colby College so that they will have a wide range of courses available to them when they return to Colby.
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: 3 courses
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits
Computer Science [Web site]
Liaison: Dale Skrien
Policies and Recommendations: Please consult the department.
East Asian Studies [Web site]
Liaison: Kim Besio (Chinese); Hideko Abe (Japanese)
Policies and Recommendations:
In Japan, AKP, Kansai Gaidai, Japanese Language Program, and the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies are the recommended programs. All credits earned at pre-approved off-campus study sites are counted toward the East Asian Studies major and Japanese minor.

In China, the approved programs are: China Studies Institute; Middlebury College in Hangzhou; Associated Colleges in China (ACC); CIEE in Nanjing, CIEE in Beijing, and CET Harbin. In Taiwan, CIEE in Taipei.  Credit for pre-approved courses will count toward satisfaction of the requirements for either the Chinese minor or the Chinese concentration within the EAS major.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: none
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits
  • Other: Each content course taken in Japan is counted as a 200 level course at Colby
Economics [Web site]
Liaison: Debra Barbezat
Policies and Recommendations:
The Economics Department particularly recommends the following programs for economics majors: The London School of Economics, University College London, University of Edinburgh, Oxford University, University of Melbourne, Australia National University. Other programs are acceptable, but these are programs to which Colby students have recently gone that have provided solid academic experiences in economics.

The economics department requires that courses be taught in established and accredited universities in order for them to be eligible for departmental credit. All economics courses taken should be taught in English.

Studying abroad during either semester is possible for economics majors. Note, however, that programs in Great Britain must typically be taken in the spring semester for Colby credit. Note also that when the spring semester is spent abroad, students must make special efforts to communicate with members of the department while they are away if they are considering pursuing a senior thesis during their senior year.

Note that not all courses that have the word “Economics” in the title are economics courses. If, after reviewing the course material, we find that a course fails to contain a sufficient amount of economic content, then you will not receive credit toward the economics major for the course.

Normally, 200-level credit is given. To earn 300-level credit for a course taken abroad, the course must have required the equivalent of Micro and Macro Theory as prerequisites, and must demonstrate a sufficiently high level of rigor in the syllabus and written work required in the course. Generally, you will only receive 300-level credit for a maximum of one course taken abroad – and only if that course meets the criteria spelled out above. At least one 300-level course must be taken at Colby regardless of the number and level of credits transferred from your study abroad.

When selecting courses to take abroad, plan for any prerequisites for courses that you plan to take in your senior year.

You are encouraged to take courses other than Economics courses while abroad. This is a good chance to broaden your exposure to other things, so take advantage of it when possible.
If you will be away during the spring of your junior year, and if you are interested in pursuing a Senior Thesis, Honors Project, or a Senior Scholars, talk with potential advisors before you leave in your junior year. It will be difficult to start a year-long research project from scratch in September of your senior year.

Complete study abroad guidelines are available from the Economics department web page study abroad guidelines.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: 2 per semester (4 per year)
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval by appointment and/or via email from abroad though final approval is not granted until return.                             
  • Required course information: Econ OCS credit form (see Econ. Dept website), course syllabus, papers & work completed, and transcript. Other: Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, a Senior Seminar, and the Ec345 project (if done) must all be completed at Colby. Rare exceptions are granted for Micro and Macro Theory under extraordinary circumstances.

English [Web site]
Liaison: Michael Burke
Policies and Recommendations:
English and Creative Writing concentrators are uniquely situated to make good use of the study abroad semester (or year).  There are many colleges and universities overseas where the instruction is in English, and where the student can immerse him or herself in the literature of the country and its culture.  In addition, since literature is always situated in a context, exploring that cultural context for students can only make the student a better, more perceptive reader and writer. 

Colby English majors have had successful experiences at the University of Edinburgh, University College Cork, University College London, and at Cambridge and Oxford, as well as in Prague and Rome, among other locations.

All courses to be taken abroad must be pre-approved by the Off-Campus Study liaison for the department.  However, where the courses taken abroad will fit in a student’s major is a question for the advisor and the student to resolve.  The Department urges students to select courses in the programs abroad that are not offered at Colby, but that may count towards the major. 

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: 3 courses in a semester, 4 in a year.
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required information for approval: Complete course description/syllabus including level and equiv. credits
  • Other: The OCS Liaison is looking for number of contact hours, the amount of reading and writing, and whether the course “looks like” a Colby course, in terms of rigor, depth, and sophistication.
Environmental Studies [Web site]
Liaison: Loren McClenahan
Policies and Recommendations:

The Environmental Studies Program urges majors to think carefully about their educational goals when considering off-campus study. Environmental Studies majors frequently find that off-campus study complements their academic program effectively. If you are considering off-campus study, we urge you to consult the ES web site for information on recommended programs. Also, students should discuss the following with their advisors and the ES program OCS liaison:

  • The off-campus program(s) that can best meet the student's academic goals.
  •  The best semester to study abroad. This choice will depend upon the OCS program selected and the individual's academic program. The ES program has no preferred semester for off-campus study.

Environmental Studies majors are in a special situation when it comes to studying abroad. Their primary goal is to study the natural history and ecological relationships as well as environmental problems of the area. For this reason, the requirement to have taken three semesters of the country's language before the semester abroad is waived when the student attends selected Environmental Studies-recommended programs. For most ES approved programs in non-English speaking countries, students should complete a class in the language of the country. In special circumstances, however, if a particular student is required to take a full load of natural science and environmental studies courses while abroad, the Environmental Studies Program in consultation with OCS may permit her/him to omit the language class.

All classes intended to be credited toward the ES major or the minor must be pre-approved by the director or OCS liaison of the program. Any subsequent changes to the approved courses must also be pre-approved.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: 8 credits max for semester or 12 credits for year
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Course number & course description & syllabus & equiv. credits (and lab syllabi, if applicable)   

Environmental Studies Program recommendations include:

International Field Programs
School for Field Studies:
•    Costa Rica: Sustainable Development Studies (semester and summer)
•    Turks & Caicos Islands: Marine Resource Studies (semester and summer)
•    Australia & New Zealand: Rainforest Studies (semester and summer)
•    Kenya & Tanzania: Wildlife Management Studies (semester and summer)
•    Panama: Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Studies
•    Bhutan: Himalayan Forests, Watersheds, & Rural Livelihoods (summer only)

School for International Training:
•    Australia: Sustainability and Environmental Action
•    Australia: Rainforest, Reef, and Cultural Ecology
•    Brazil: Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology (petition)
•    Ecuador: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
•    Iceland: Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics (summer only)
•    Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
•    Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation (petition)
•    Tanzania: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
•    Tanzania: Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management

International Honors Program:
•    Beyond Globalization: Reclaiming Nature, Culture, and Justice (petition full year program)
•    Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy (petition)
•    Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care (petition)
•    Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics (petition)

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS):
•    Costa Rica: Tropical Biology (semester and summer)
•    South Africa: Ecology & Conservation

CIEE
•    Costa Rica: Tropical Ecology and Conservation (petition)
International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
•    Thailand: People, Ecology, and Development

Round River Conservation Studies
·  Namibia Desert
•    Botswana (petition)
•    Patagonia, Chile
•    Taku River, British Columbia (summer only)

Domestic Field Programs
•    Colby at Bigelow Laboratory (Ocean Science)
•    Semester of Environmental Science at Woods Hole
•    Williams-Mystic Program
•    Round River – Wyoming: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (summer)

International University Programs In Europe:
•    Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
•    University of East Anglia
•    Stockholm University – The Swedish Program
•    University of Edinburgh

In Africa:
•    CIEE in Cape Town

In South America:
•    CIEE in Brazil - Environment and Sustainability Studies

In Asia:
•    CIEE in China – Environmental, Cultural, and Economic Sustainability

In Australia:
•    James Cook University
•    Australian National University
•    University of Melbourne
•    University of Queensland
•    University of New South Wales (petition)

In New Zealand:
•    University of Auckland
•    University of Otago

 

French and Italian [Web site] (For Italian see Minors)
Liaison: Valerie Dionne
Policies and Recommendations:
The Department of French and Italian believes that study abroad is an essential part of a student's preparation as a language major. Students who major in French are required to spend at least a semester in a French-speaking country; students who minor in Italian are highly encouraged to spend at least a semester studying in Italy.

The French department encourages students to spend an entire academic year of study abroad. For those unable to go for the full year, opportunities are more limited, but the limitations are not such that they would prevent a student from majoring in French.  

For France (and Europe in general), the department is affiliated with Hamilton College's Junior Year in France program, which is located in Paris, and which allows students to take courses at a variety of institutions. Colby also has its own program in France, Colby in Dijon. This semester-long program, offered every fall, is not only for incoming first-year students. Junior majors can and have participated, with a made-to-order curriculum including some regular university courses. Internships are also available. In recent years, French studies majors have also participated in programs in Aix-en-Provence and Grenoble. Still others have studied in Geneva. Students of French should not think that they are limited to study in France or Switzerland, however. There are numerous opportunities in non-European French-speaking countries: in Cameroon, in Madagascar and in Dakar, Sénégal.

 
See the department web site for a list of recent destinations and contacts.

Prospective French studies majors should consult early with their advisors to prepare their study abroad plans for their junior year.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor
  • Maximum number of courses: 3 for a semester, 5 for a year of study abroad 
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison 
  • When: pre-approval and/or from abroad via e-mail 
  • Required course information: Course title & description  & equiv. credits
  • Other: Consult advisors about course selection to avoid duplication with Colby courses
Geology [Web site]
LiaisonBob Gastaldo
Policies and Recommendations:
The Department of Geology recognizes that Earth is a geologically diverse planet. The more geology a geologist experiences, the better a geologist the individual becomes. Hence, participation in an international program during which time a student is enrolled in geology courses is but one important part of a student's education. This is particularly true if the program involves field experience. Students also should be advised that foreign universities do not operate under the same general protocol as U.S. institutions. Often, courses that have been scheduled in a university catalog may or may not be taught, depending upon individual faculty and/or enrollment trends. This has resulted in the reorganization and substitution of planned courses once the student has arrived at his/her host institution.

The Department also recognizes, based on past experience, that many students who opt for part of the junior year abroad often are unable to participate in summer research experiences prior to their senior year (precluding participation in National meetings scheduled during the subsequent fall and winter). This is particularly true of students abroad in the spring semester, who often return to the U.S. in late June or early July. Therefore, the Department recommends that each student considering an international experience in their junior year consult with his/her advisor and/or potential research-project mentor early in their sophomore year to discuss (1) his/her educational and professional goals, and (2) a program of study that will allow for successful progress towards meeting those goals. This may or may not result in enrollment abroad. Each student must weigh the benefits of international study versus opportunities offered in the U.S.

Within the past few years, Geology students have participated in several international programs of a diverse nature. To date, the Department of Geology believes that students have been given excellent educational experiences in programs offered at (1) the University of Otago, New Zealand; (2) James Cook University, Australia and (3) Edinburgh University, Scotland. Students are strongly encouraged to consider participation in these programs.

Credit transfer towards the major/minor: Please consult the Department

German [Web site]
Liaison: Arne Koch
Policies and Recommendations:
The recommended programs in Germany are: Tufts in Tubingen, Lewis and Clark in Munich, Wesleyan in Regensburg and IES in Berlin and Freiburg. The recommended program in Austria are Bowling Green State University in Salzburg and IES in Vienna. Majors are encouraged to go abroad for the full year. If they go for a semester, they are advised to go for the spring, which warrants a better integration into the German academic university schedule and life. The January-February orientation period offered by the US sponsors prepare them well for the German university courses, which run into July.

Courses that are taken in German may count toward the major in German Studies. In consultation with the student and the registrar a determination is made if there is a Colby equivalent. Courses taught in English may count towards the German Studies major if the subject matter is relevant.

See also the German department web site.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: none
  • Contact: Department’s OCS Liaison
  • When: pre-approval and/or from abroad via e-mail
  • Required course information: Complete course description/syllabus including equiv. credits
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Global Studies
[Web site]
Liaison: Patrice Franko (for program approvals); Maple Razsa (for OCS course approvals)
Policies and Recommendations:
At least one semester of foreign study is required of Global Studies majors. Approval of the students’ choice of off-campus program/university is granted by the GS Liaison for program approvals. Please consult the department for more specific information.
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: No max (but course must meet either Culture & Place, Theme or other concentration).
  • Contact: Department’s OCS Liaison for course approvals
  • When:
- For set curriculum programs (e.g. SIT): Courses will be pre-approved
- For other programs /universities: Courses may be reviewed before departure and approved from abroad via email or post study abroad.
- Approval for the GS language requirement must be approved by the GS Liaison for course approvals, usually upon return.
  • Required course information: Complete course description/syllabus including equiv. credits, noting what you would like to have the course count toward (cultures/places, themes, which concentration if applicable).  If the course description is in another language, please provide a translation.  All courses must be for at least 3 credits.

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Government [Web site]
LiaisonGuilain Denoeux
Policies and Recommendations:

For recommendations, please consult the department and the department webpage on study abroad.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: 2 electives
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Course title & description & equiv. credits for political science/government course. For law or interdisciplinary course, a syllabus or longer course description & equiv. credits required.
History [Web site]
Liaison: Larissa Taylor
Policies and Recommendations:
History majors have had good experiences in a broad variety of programs. For further information, please consult with the faculty liaison. The History Department recommends all of the approved programs in Europe, particularly IES in Berlin as well as the Syracuse in Florence and NYU in Florence. The department also recommends the Butler-Lima, CIEE-Argentina, Washington U (St. Louis)-Chile, and the DIS Copenhagen program in Denmark. For some of these programs, petitions may be required. There is no preferred semester for off-campus study. A maximum of two courses can be counted either from abroad or from other departments at Colby.
 
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: 2 courses
  • Contact: Department Chair
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits

 

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Independent Major

Consult with your advisor in your Independent Major

Latin American Studies [Web site]
Liaison: Luis Millones
Policies and Recommendations:
Majors are required to spend at least one semester in Latin America matriculated in a program that offers university-level courses (not in a language-acquisition program); all course work abroad must be conducted in Spanish or Portuguese. LAS majors must have taken SP 135 and SP 231 prior to study abroad. Completion of LA/HI 173 & 174 is recommended but not required. All study abroad plans must be approved by the director of the Latin American Studies program.

Approved programs in Latin America: CIEE in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Washington University in Santiago, Chile; IFSA-Butler in Lima, Peru; and Middlebury in Montevideo, Uruguay. Students considering travel and study in countries under U.S. State Dept. travel warning (such as Mexico) should meet with their advisor, and with OCS to discuss the petition process.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
    •   Maximum number of courses: 2 for a semester; 4 for a year (may be taken in any sequence)
    •    Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
    •   When: Pre-approval preferred but email from abroad acceptable as well
    •   Required course information: Prefer syllabus & equiv. credits

Mathematics and Statistics [Web site]
Liaison: Fernando Gouvea
Policies and Recommendations: Please consult the department.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: none
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
Music [Web site]
Liaison: Todd Borgerding
Policies and Recommendations:
Music majors choose off-campus programs for a wide variety of reasons: to study for a semester in a conservatory setting, to live in a place with a rich cultural and concert life, to explore particular folk or ethnic traditions, to expand their language skills, or to take music courses not typically offered in a liberal arts setting. No single set of guidelines can cover such diverse situations. Students should therefore meet with the department’s OCS liaison early in their sophomore year in order to plan their course selection and off-campus programs.

In general, European music theory differs significantly in terminology and approach from the American system. It is therefore usually advisable to complete the first three courses in the music theory sequence (MU 181, 182, and 281) before studying abroad, since those courses rarely have equivalencies at other institutions.  (Students should also have command of the musical vocabulary used in the country of study before embarking on their program, particularly if they plan to enroll in course taught in another language.) In general, it is easier to find music history courses that will meet Colby’s requirements for the major or minor while studying abroad. Arranging for private applied music lessons can often be daunting and time consuming. Students should begin to make such arrangements 6-12 months in advance, and should have direct contact with the instructor.

Past students have had success in studying music in virtually all parts of the world. 

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: none
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits
Philosophy [Web site]
Liaison: Dan Cohen for program advising; Jim Behuniak for course approval
Policies and Recommendations:
Philosophy majors have studied abroad in a variety of countries, and particularly favorable reports have been received about University College Cork, Oxford University, University of St. Andrews, International Human Rights Exchange (IHRE) in South Africa, University College London, and Pitzer in Nepal.

There is no preferred semester for off-campus study, provided that students have taken both Ancient Philosophy and Modern Philosophy prior to the junior year, in which case the lacking course will dictate the available semester for off-campus study.

The department will accept Philosophy courses taken elsewhere for the elective portions of the major with prior approval.  Petitions to accept substitutes for required courses are assessed on a case-by-case basis.  Please see the guidelines below.

See the department webpage.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: none
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison for course approvals
  • When: Can be done at any time depending on whether the courses are for core, area, or elective requirements.
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits but more may be required for “core” courses.
  • Other: Approval to substitute a course taken elsewhere for one of our "core" courses (History of Ancient Greek Philosophy, Logic, or History of Modern Philosophy) requires significant documentation (e.g., syllabi, assignments, and written papers). Approval for courses satisfying areas within the major (Values, Metaphysics & Epistemology, and Diversity) also require syllabuses and assignments.
Physics and Astronomy [Web site]
Liaison: Charles Conover
Policies and Recommendations:
The physics department does not presently recommend specific OCS programs to their majors. Most physics majors who study abroad do some courses in physics, and unless the student is fluent in a language other than English, an institution in an English-speaking country is recommended. This usually limits the choices to the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, although it could also include Canada and South Africa. Students who do not plan to do any physics during their OCS experience need to ensure that they can satisfy the requirements of the physics major while at Colby. If a specific student needs to complete the core physics major abroad, the department reviews with the student his or her needs, and recommends a program on that basis (availability of the required course at an institution is the main criterion).

There is no preferred semester for physics students to study off-campus unless there is specific course that needs to taken.

Credits and/or Colby equivalent courses are determined when the student comes to the department for course pre-approval.

Students who attend universities in English-speaking countries usually find themselves in a very different environment to Colby with respect to facilities, class size and extent of faculty integration and flexibility within the curriculum. The department encourages majors to be prepared for this difference before they go.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: None (but at least 1 upper-level physics course must be taken at Colby)
  • Contact: Dept. OCS Liaison and consult with Advisor
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from off-campus
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits
Psychology [Web site]
Liaison: Tarja Raag
Policies and Recommendations:
The Department of Psychology encourages students to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad, particularly for those students for whom it addresses specific educational goals. Students should speak with the OCS liaison and their academic advisor early in their sophomore year to begin investigation of appropriate program and course opportunities. Psychology courses taken abroad must be pre-approved by the department chair, Martha Arterberry, for transfer back to Colby. Courses taught at Colby and those not available here (if the content is of sufficient academic relevance) will be considered for credit toward the major. Neither Psych214 (Research Methods and Statistics) nor Psych215 (Research Methods and Statistics II) can be substituted through study abroad. You will also not be able to obtain credit comparable to 300-level courses.  For purposes of completing the major, there is no preferred semester for off-campus study, but students need to complete the PS214/215 sequence at Colby by the end of their junior year, and preferably by the end of the sophomore year.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: up to 2 200-level courses (no major credit credit for 300-level courses).
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits
  • Other: Courses not offered at Colby or hybrid courses that combine various areas of psychology and don’t cover a given area sufficiently to get credit may be considered but need to be approved in advance.
Religious Studies [Web site]
Liaison: David Freidenreich
Policies and Recommendations: Please consult the department.
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: 2 elective courses
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Complete course description/syllabus including equiv. credits
Russian [Web site]
Liaison: Julie De Sherbinin
Policies and Recommendations:
The Russian Program recommends Colby in St. Petersburg, a fall or spring semester in St. Petersburg, Russia, which includes language, literature, arts, and history courses. We particularly recommend this program because the small size of classes guarantees individual attention. Residence with Russian families and many cultural events are highlights of this program. Please see student descriptions and photos on the Russian Program website.

In Russia there are several excellent semester-long and year-long programs, including the varied content and location of programs sponsored by ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian) and by CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange). Nearly all Russia programs require 2 years of college-level Russian before application.

There are a few semester programs that offer a combination of study and internship, such as the Middlebury College program (petition).

The Russian department staff has more information on all study programs in Russia. 
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Science, Technology, and Society  [Web site]
Laison:
Paul Josephson
Policies and Recommendations:
Please consult the department.
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: none
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Prefer pre-approval
  • Required course information: Course description & equiv. credits
  • Other: Candidates should discuss their plans in advance with their advisor

Sociology [Web site]
Liaison: Vickie Mayer
Policies and Recommendations:
University-integrated programs are recommended, and spring semester is preferred for study off-campus. Students majoring in Sociology must have completed SO 131, 215, 271, 272 or 212, 252 or 276, and at least one elective PRIOR to off-campus Study. One course taken in the study abroad program may be credited to the major if it is approved in advance.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: 1 elective course
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval is contingent on submission of course materials after return or post approval.
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits
Spanish [Web site]
Liaison: Luis Millones
Policies and Recommendations:
Majors are strongly advised to spend one academic year studying abroad at the junior level. A minimum of one semester of study abroad is required of majors. Majors must matriculate in a study abroad program that offers university-level courses  (not a language acquisition program); all course work abroad must be conducted in Spanish. All study abroad plans for students majoring in Spanish must be approved by the chair of the department of Spanish.  Eligibility pre-requisites for Spanish majors to study abroad include the completion of Spanish 135 and Spanish 231 with a grade of C or better.

The only recommended programs in Spain are Colby in Salamanca, Hamilton in Madrid, PRESHCO in Cordoba, and Middlebury in Cordoba (petition required). The only recommended programs in Latin America are CIEE in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Washington University in Santiago, Chile; IFSA-Butler in Lima, Peru; and and Middlebury in Montevideo, Uruguay. Students considering travel and study in countries under U.S. State Dept. travel warning (such as Mexico) should meet with their advisor, and with OCS to discuss the petition process.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: 2 for a semester, 4 for a year of study abroad
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and confirmation of any on-site changes approved via email from abroad.
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits
  • Other: Majors should consult with their advisor about their abroad plans prior to applying. Majors must take 2 Spanish/Latin American literature/culture classes while abroad.

Theater and Dance [Web site]
Liaison: Jim Thurston
Policies and Recommendations:
The Department of Theater and Dance encourages students to seriously consider studying abroad for one semester in their junior year. This kind of intensive cultural immersion can compliment study at the Mayflower Hill campus in important ways if planned thoughtfully in advance. If you are considering off-campus study, contact the department off-campus study liaison or any of the Theater and Dance full-time teaching faculty to discuss the following:

  • The off-campus program(s) that best meet your academic goals.
  • The best semester to study abroad. This choice will depend upon the OCS program selected and the individual's academic program.
  • What courses count toward the major or minor.
  • The process for signing up for off-campus study.
  • Transferring credits from the off-campus program to Colby.

Studying abroad during either semester is possible for Theater and Dance majors. Typically, however, university-based programs in Great Britain must be taken in the spring semester for Colby credit. Please note that when you spend the spring semester abroad, you must make special efforts to communicate with members of the department while you are away if you are considering pursuing an honors thesis during your senior year.
 
All classes that you intend to have credited toward the Theater and Dance major or minor must be pre-approved by your Theater and Dance faculty advisor. Students may transfer up to twelve credit hours toward the major and up to eight credit hours toward the minor.
 
The Department of Theater and Dance requires that courses be taught in established and accredited colleges, universities, or approved conservatory programs in order for them to be eligible for departmental credit. Please consult the department's Off-Campus Study Abroad Guidelines for a complete description of the guidelines.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

Consult with the Department.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies [Web site]
Liaison: Lisa Arellano
Policies and Recommendations: Please consult the department liaison.
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses: none
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits, sometimes sample work.
  • Other: Courses off-campus rarely match Colby courses but more often supplement the Colby WGSS curriculum.

 



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Administrative Science [Web site]
Liaison: Randy Nelson
Policies and Recommendations:
There is not a list of departmentally-approved programs. The majority of AdSci students who study abroad do so in English speaking countries (primarily Great Britain or Australia) where they are able to take business-related courses that may count as Administrative Science electives. AdSci students usually go to universities that have a business school where they are able to take AdSci electives.

There is no preferred semester for off-campus study.

Students are urged to discuss their choice of courses with the minor advisors prior to selecting the courses and prior to going abroad. Students have frequently run into problems trying to obtain permission for courses they have selected after they have left the country.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: none
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Prefer pre-approval
  • Required course information: Course description & equiv. credits, preferably a syllabus


Cinema Studies
Liaison: Steven Wurtzler
Policies & recommendations: Please consult the department.


Creative Writing [Web site]
Liaison: Michael Burke
Policies and Recommendations: Please consult the department.


East Asian Studies - Chinese [Web site]
Liaison: Kim Besio
Policies and Recommendations:
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor: Please consult the department.

East Asian Studies - Japanese  [Web site]
Liaison: Hideko Abe
Policies and Recommendations:
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor: Please consult the department.


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Education [Web site]
Liaison
: Mark Tappan
Policies and Recommendations:
Students should consult the department. Majors and minors have had good experiences with such programs as DIS that includes both education and psychology, several of the SIT programs in central and south America that focus on education and social justice, and the CIEE Cape Town program that includes a community service component.
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
  • Maximum number of courses:  none 
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad 
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits

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Environmental Studies [Web site]
Liaison:
Loren McClenahan
Policies and Recommendations:
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
Please consult the department.

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German  [Web site]
Liaison:
Arne Koch
Policies and Recommendations:
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
Please consult the department.

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Italian  [Web site]
Liaison: Gianluca Rizzo
Policies and Recommendations:

Please consult the department.
Students who minor in Italian should consult with the director of the Italian program to find the most appropriate course of study abroad. Colby maintains a close relationship with a number of programs in Italy, in particular those in Padua and Bologna. These programs are particularly appropriate for minors in Italian, as students may attend classes in Italian universities and study with Italian students and professors. Please note that Temple in Rome is not recommended for Italian minors.
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: 2 courses per semester; students planning to study abroad for an entire academic year should consult with OCS liaison.
  • Contact:  Department OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits

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Jewish Studies [Web site]
Liaison: Raffael Scheck
Policies and Recommendations: Please consult the department.

OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:

  • Maximum number of courses: 3 courses
  • Contact: Department's OCS Liaison
  • When: Pre-approval and on-site changes approved via email from abroad
  • Required course information: Course description & syllabus & equiv. credits

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Russian [Web site]
Liaison: Julie de Sherbinin
Policies and Recommendations:
OCS Credit transfer towards the major/minor:
Please consult the department.