Credit for Off-Campus Study

Carleton History Programs

Students participating in Carleton History Department OCS programs will receive credit towards the History major and the appropriate field.  These courses also fulfill specified distribution requirements.

Non-Carleton Programs

To receive credit towards the History major and/or distribution requirements, you must complete an Approval of Special Credit for Off-Campus Study form. You do not need to complete the approval form if you simply want the credits to apply to the 210-credit graduation requirements.

Approval of credit for off-campus study can only be granted AFTER you return to campus.

In order to receive approval from the History Department to apply credit from a non-Carleton off-campus program to your Humanities Distribution requirement or to a History Major requirement, you must follow these steps after you return from your program:

1. Obtain an Approval of Special Credit for Off-Campus Study form from the OCS office or from the registrar’s office.

2. Fill out the form and bring it to the History Department chair ALONG WITH the course materials for the course for which you seek credit. This includes syllabi and other documentation of the course curriculum and requirements; copies of papers and other student work; and any other items related to the work you completed for the course.

3. The department chair will approve or decline requests for humanities distribution credit. For history major credit, the department chair will refer the student to a faculty member in the specific field for which the student seeks credit. Once the field-specific approval is made, the department chair will look over the materials and sign the form.

4. Return the signed form to the registrar’s office.

Please note: although approval by the History Department chair usually ensures that you will receive the credit you request, the Registrar makes the final decision about all credits.

Non-Carleton Off-Campus Programs for History Majors

ACM off campus studies programs (ACM): ACM offers dynamic and innovative off-campus programs in a variety of locations around the world.  Designed with a strong liberal arts perspective, ACM programs offer students an interdisciplinary educational experiences, personal attention, independent projects, and diverse viewpoints and methods of learning. Sixteen programs in the U.S. and abroad are sponsored by the fourteen consortium members of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. A resident director for each program is recruited from member colleges. Courses are conducted by the ACM director and by staff at program sites. Brochures about each program are available in the OCS Office. 

ACM Botswana - Botswana: Culture & Society in Africa, Gaborone, Botswana

ACM Brazil - Brazil Exchange, Juiz de Fora, Brazil

ACM Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Field Research San José & field sites, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Latin American Culture & Society, San José, Costa Rica

ACM India - India Studies, Pune, India

ACM Italy

·         Florence Program, Florence, Italy: 

o    Edward Falk '09 (2007)

·         London & Florence: Arts in Context, London, England & Florence, Italy

ACM Japan - Japan Study,Tokyo, Japan

ACM Tanzania - Tanzania: Human Evolution and Ecology, Dar es Salaam & field sites, Tanzania

ACM United Kingdom - London & Florence: Arts in Context, London, England & Florence, Italy

ACM United States

·         Chicago Programs, Chicago, Illinois

o    Business, Entrepreneurship, & Society

o    Chicago Arts

o    Urban Studies

§  Hilda Franco '08 (2007)

§  Nicholas Welna '12 (2010)

·         Newberry Seminar in the HumanitiesMore about this great program from Mira Alecci, History major, '11 (currently at Newberry Library and  participant while at Carleton). 21 History participants since 1982!
Chicago, Illinois: ACM Midwest Newberry Library Seminar in the Humanities. Each fall the Associated Colleges of the Midwest offers a semester long seminar in the humanities at the Newberry Library in Chicago Illinois. During this program students have the opportunity to develop an in-depth research project using the Library's extensive collections, while exploring the life and history of a vibrant Midwestern metropolis. The program is a great way to gain experience working with primary sources in a research library, and writing and presenting original research. To learn more about the seminar, please see the following link: & for more information on the Newberry Library in general go to:

o    Mira Alecci '11 (2009)

o    Amalia Lam '09 (2008) 

o    Sam Ritter '10 (2009)

o    Katherine Webb '11 (2009)

·         Oak Ridge Science Semester, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

DENMARK:  Danish Institute for Study Abroad 

  • Ariel Aaronson-Eves '08 (2006)
  • Clare Carlson '11 (2009)
  • Raphael Coburn '12 (2010)
  • James Devereux '10 (2008)
  • Allyson Kardel '08 (2006)
  • Sameera Nalla '14 (2012)
  • Jacob Raim '08 (2006) 

HECUA Programs - (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs), fall and spring semesters - These 15-week programs provide learning from local and international faculty who integrate theory w/real-life urban issues. Home-stays, interviews, community immersion activities and field research, open to all majors. Brochures available, Carleton Off-Campus Studies Office, Leighton 119.

HECUA - United States:

HECUA - International:

HECUA - Summer Programs


  • U. St. Andrews
    • Abigail Gillis '08 (2006)
    • Margaret Kanazawa '12 (2010)
    • Jillian Larson '09 (2008)
  • Kings College
    • Elizabeth Bonawitz '09 (2007)
    • Moshe Lavi '11 (2009)


  • ISA Spain
    • Eli Adelman '13 (2011)

ISLE - Inter-Collegiate Sri Lanka Program, fall semester only. This 15-week program enrolls 15-20 students from eight consortium colleges to study the culture, history, religion and political structure of Sri Lanka. In-depth studies include Buddhist thought and practice, conversational Sinhala, and an independent research project. Students live with host families in Kandy.

  • Emma Rapperport '14 (2012)

AHA International, Siena

  • Zachary Armstrong '11 (2010)
  • Georgia Brown '12 (2010)

Siena Liberal Arts

  • Salomone Baquis '10 (2008)


AKP Associated Kyoto Program

·         Academic year only -  Students with background in Japanese live w/Kyoto families, enroll at Doshisha University in intensive Japanese language classes plus two courses each term w/visiting professors from AKP member colleges or Doshisha faculty.

In addition to the programs Carleton sponsors or co-sponsors, students can select from over 80 additional pre-approved programs for general participation, or they can request approval for an unaffiliated program which the student and her/his academic adviser believe will further the student’s educational goals. Students whose off-campus study program are approved in advance by the College may earn up to 54 credits (one year’s worth) to be applied to their Carleton degree.

  • SIT Argentina, Roy Martin '10 (2008)
  • SIT Balkans, Ben Somogyi '12 (2010)
  • SIT Bolivia, Martha Polk '08 (2006)
  • SIT Cameroon, Andrea Donahue '10 (2008)
  • SIT Central Europe in Germany, Emily McAdam '08 (2006), Katherine Potvin '08 (2006)
  • SIT Chile, Thea Garon '09 (2007), Molly Gordon '09 (2007), Jillian Merkle '12 (2010), Kelsey Parsons '13 (2011)
  • SIT Ghana, Chantel Johnson '10 (2008), Cherise Jones '08 (2006)
  • SIT India, Lauren Nakamura '10 (2008), Alexander Persaud '09 (2007)
  • SIT Ireland, Emily Litwin '09 (2007)
  • SIT Jordan, Julia Bradley '10 (2008)
  • SIT Mexico, Peter Gill '09 (2007)
  • SIT Morocco, Summer, Julia Bradley '10 (2008), Stephanie Galaitsis '08 (2006),
  • SIT Nicaragua, Ryan Oto '09 (2007), Jacob Riis '09 (2007)
  • SIT South Africa, Mollie Gurian '07 (2006)
  • SIT Switzerland, Leena Odeh '08 (2007)
  • SIT Vietnam, Jason Perkins '08 (2006)

In addition to the programs mentioned above, Carleton students can participate in many other off-campus study programs. The OCS program browser ( is searchable by subject area, region, and term and contains suggestions for programs that are particularly suited to Carleton students. You are encouraged to visit the OCS office to learn more about specific programs.



History Major Credits Worksheet

History Off-Campus Programs