Off-Campus Study

Study abroad and see famous historical sites!

Students should consult with a member of the history faculty when making off-campus study plans.

  • One off-campus history course per semester will count toward the history major.

  • In exceptional cases, students may petition to receive credit for more than one course per semester.

  • In all cases, a maximum of three history courses taken away from Bowdoin can count toward the history major.

  • Minors may count one course a semester, for a maximum of two for a year away.

For general information about off-campus study, please visit the Bowdoin College Off-Campus Study Office and refer to the frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Ask Questions for History Majors/Minors Study Abroad

What is the process for applying for credits during study away? Where do I start?

            First, talk to your advisor. They will point you here to fill out the Study Away Questionnaire that will help receive credit for abroad coursework.

Who approves my study-away plans?

            Your advisor will tentatively approve your study abroad plans. Then upon your return and your fulfillment of the course load you must submit coursework and syllabi to the History Department to receive final approval. (For students going abroad in the Spring Semester, these should be submitted by October 1st after their semester abroad. For students going abroad during the Fall Semester these should be submitted by February 15th.)

What does the history department expect for a study-abroad course that would be eligible for major credit?

         The only mandatory guideline for classes chosen from abroad to count towards History credit is that the course must be offered by the history department of the school at which you are studying abroad.

How many courses from study-away for semester can I count toward the History major?  How many courses for a year-long study-away?

        A maximum of one class per semester may be counted towards the major. If the student is studying abroad for a year, two or three classes may be counted towards  the major.

How many courses from study-away for a semester can I count toward the History minor? How many courses for a year-long study-away?

       A maximum of one class per semester may be counted for the minor. A maximum of two classes may be counted towards the major if the student is studying abroad for a year.

Can I fulfill the 3000-level seminar requirement through study-away?

            No, all 3000-level seminar requirements must be fulfilled at Bowdoin.

If I get provisional approval from my advisor for courses I plan to take during my study-away, am I guaranteed credit toward my History major for those courses when I return?

            Yes, if you receive a C or above you are guaranteed credit for the pre-approved class. It is still mandatory to turn in coursework and syllabus to the History Department upon your return.

Am I locked into those courses? What happens if something changes?

            No, you may change your courses at anytime but it must be in consultation with your advisor so it can be pre-approved.

What do I need to bring back from my study abroad courses for the final review by the department?

            Class Syllabus and Coursework.