Office of International Studies

Departmental Regulations for Counting Study Abroad Credits Towards The Major

The decision whether to count courses abroad toward the major is the prerogative of the major department and not the OIS. In order for a course to count toward the major, students must obtain preliminary approval from their advisor or another member of the department prior to their departure from Wesleyan, as indicated on the online application.  Permission to count courses toward the major is not granted retroactively. Prior approval generally requires students to present course syllabus and/or description to departmental advisor or chair, as noted, before beginning program. Some departments make approval contingent upon a portfolio review, that is, the submission of the course syllabus, course description, and written coursework to departmental advisor or chair upon returning to Wesleyan.

Students may understandably need to modify their selection during the on-site registration period abroad. They are therefore expected to seek their advisor’s guidance and approval by email and must notify the OIS of any modifications (gwinter@wesleyan.edu). Failure to do so may result in the student making inadequate progress toward the completion of the major.

In general, departments follow the guidelines listed below when approving courses. This list has been prepared by the Office of International Studies based on information supplied by the individual departments and is update periodically.  Student should nonetheless confirm this information with the corresponding departmental representative.

African American Studies One credit taken away from Wesleyan may be counted toward the major.  Prior approval is required by your major advisor.
American Studies Up to 2 courses taken abroad may count toward the major. AMST 200, junior colloquium, and senior requirements (essay, thesis, or seminar) must be completed at Wesleyan. Prior approval and portfolio review are not required for American Studies electives, although consultation with major advisor is recommended. Chair of Latin American Studies must approve any LAST courses used to fulfill the Comparative Americas requirement. Major advisor may sign for Approved Programs or petition programs.
Anthropology Up to 3 courses abroad may count toward the major.  Prior approval by department chair and a course grade of B or better are required.  Credit is routinely granted for field methods courses, but not for specific major requirements such as ANTH295 (Theory 1) or ANTH296 (Theory 2) without chair's approval.
Archaeological Studies Up to 3 courses abroad may count toward the major.  Prior approval, portfolio review, and grade of B or better are required.  Approved by department chair.
Art (Studio) Up to 3 courses abroad may count toward the major.  Prior approval and portfolio review (including work produced and/or documentation thereof) are required.  Approved by instructor in relevant medium and/or major advisor.
Art History Up to 4 courses abroad may count toward the major.  Prior approval and a grade of B+ or better, with evidence of written work, are required.  Approved by professor in area of study; program director if former is unavailable.
Astronomy No limit but prior approval from the department chair is required.
Biology Up to 2 upper-level biology courses abroad may count toward the major.  These generally do not count toward the requirement that 3 advanced courses cover 3 of the 4 areas of biology curriculum.  Prior approval is required.  It is strongly suggested that biology/science courses be taken in English.  Approval by Prof. Donady
Chemistry No limit on major credits.  Prior approval and portfolio review are required.  Approval by department chair.
Classical Studies & Classics
Students attending study abroad programs approved by the Office of International Study may apply up to four courses toward completion of their major in Classics or Classical Civilization.  The courses must be on subjects relevant to the Classical world and require departmental pre-approval. Majors are expected to take at least one course in the department upon their return to campus.
 
College of Letters Study abroad is required in the second semester of sophomore year. Wesleyan-administered programs are preferred; study elsewhere in Europe is acceptable. With prior approval by department chair, study in non-Anglophone former European colonies is also sometimes permitted. Approval by department chair or major advisor. Courses taken abroad cannot be used to satisfy major course requirements in the College of Letters.
College of Social Studies Study abroad is encouraged for the Fall semester of Junior year. No major credit is granted for study abroad. Prior approval is required.  Approval by major advisor.
Computer Science No limit.  COMP 211 and 212 must be taken at Wesleyan.  Prior approval is required.  Approval by Departmental Advisory Committee.
Dance Up to 2 courses abroad may count toward the major; they must be studio courses in a specific dance form. Standard based on contact hours: 24 hrs=0.25, 42-50 hrs=0.5, 84-100 hrs=1.0 credit. Core requirements, theory, and composition must be taken on campus. Prior approval is required.  Approval by major advisor, then department chair.
Earth and Environmental Science No more than 2 upper-level courses from study abroad may be counted towards the major as core or elective courses. Elective credit may be given for fieldwork, core or elective credit for traditional coursework. Prior approval and portfolio review are required.  Approval by department chair.
East Asian Studies Wesleyan administered programs: 4 non-language courses abroad per semester may count toward the major. Language courses may count toward satisfaction of the major language requirement.


Other Programs: The same rule applies, but students must petition to receive credit. Students will normally receive only 1 credit for field study or independent study abroad. Majors are expected to take at least 1 language course in Chinese or Japanese after their return.

In both cases, prior approval is required. Approval by major advisor AND department chair.

Economics A maximum of 2 courses taken abroad may be counted as lower-(i.e., 200-)level electives toward the major; provided that any such course have at least introductory economics as a prerequisite.   ECON 300, 301, and 302 must be taken at Wesleyan. Courses taken abroad may not substantially duplicate any courses taken before or afterwards at Wesleyan. Prior approval by department chair based on submission of departmental transfer credit form (available online) is required. After completing their study abroad, students may petition for one or both courses to count toward the major requirement of 3 upper-level electives by submitting completed coursework to the Chair.
English Up to 3 credits abroad (5 from the Sussex program) may count toward the major. Only courses offered in the English departments of Wesleyan or Sussex can count toward the departmental requirements in Theory, Literary History I and II, and Literatures of Difference. Prior approval is required except for Sussex courses, which are arranged in consultation with the Sussex advisor at Wesleyan, but may be changed in consultation with Sussex faculty. Portfolio review may be required for other programs. Approval by Professor Stephanie Kuduk Weiner.
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Up to 2 courses abroad may count toward the major. Major requirement courses (gateway, Feminist Theories and Senior Seminar) must be taken at Wesleyan.  Prior approval by major advisor is required.
Film Studies Up to 2 credits may count toward the major. Prior approval and portfolio review (including syllabi, course work, papers, information on screenings, instructor) are required. Approval by Professor Basinger
French Studies Up to 4 courses may count toward the major. 
German Studies Up to 3 credits abroad may count toward the major. Regensburg students may earn 4 credits if they take three seminars and the language program. Prior approval is required.  Approval by department chair.
Government Up to 2 courses abroad may count toward the major.  Majors on full-year programs may count a third course with the approval of their major advisor.  No credit toward the major will be approved for internships, introductory courses, or certain SIT courses.  No credit toward graduation will be approved for internships.  A student seeking major credit must give the pre-approving faculty member a course title and written course description before the first day on which the course meets, either in person before departing (preferable) or by email from abroad (if the title and course description are unavailable before departure).
Hispanic Literatures & Cultures Up to 4 courses may count toward the major. All coursework must be done in Spanish.
History Up to 2 courses abroad may count toward the 8 200-level requirements; other courses may count toward the 11-credit total over 150-level. All 3 seminars must be taken at Wesleyan. Prior approval is required. Approval by major advisor; chair for non-majors with history requirements.
Italian Studies 4 credits from Bologna accepted; only one of these may be on a topic that is not Italian in nature (i.e., Economy of Russia taken at the UniBo).  Lecce credit accepted only for students who have completed only ITST 101&102 before study abroad.  For programs other than ECCO, a review of the number of credits that will be accepted into the major will be required.
Latin American Studies No limit. Prior approval of all courses is required.  Up to 2 nation-specific courses taken abroad, from different curricular divisions, may count toward the major. Students should take at least one course in their concentration. Coursework taken in Latin America must be about Latin America and in Spanish or Portuguese. Internships are not approved for major credit.  Approval by major advisor; if unavailable, department chair or other LAST professor.
Mathematics No limit. Math 225 and 261 must be taken at Wesleyan. Prior approval is required. Approval by Departmental Advisory Committee.
Medieval Studies Up to 5 courses abroad may count toward the major. Prior approval is required.
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry No limit; 1-2 is usual. Prior approval (including grading criteria) is required. For requirements outside major, prior approval must be obtained from the relevant department (chem, math, physics). Major advisor (and sometimes department chair) for biology; DC or designee for required courses outside biology.
Music No limit.  Prior approval by directors of undergraduate studies.  Any changes in the plan should also be approved by directors of undergraduate studies.  Students may be asked to submit syllabi or other course material when they return.
Neuroscience and Behavior Up to 4 courses may count toward the foundation course requirements, and 1 may count toward upper-level requirements for the major.  Prior approval is required. Approval by department chair or major advisor. If a course replaces a non-departmental requirement (e.g., Chemistry), relevant department must approve.
Philosophy No limit; usually no more than 2 credits may count toward the major. Prior approval (based on syllabi and course descriptions) is required. Approval by department chair.
Physics No limit. Prior approval is required. Approval by major advisor and/or department chair.
Psychology Up to 3 psychology courses from study abroad plus 1 credit from within the United States may count toward the major.  Courses must be pre-approved by the chair.
Religion Up to 2 (rarely 3) courses abroad may count toward Historic Traditions, and sometimes toward Religion and Society. Critical Theory must be taken at Wesleyan. Prior approval is required. Approval by major advisor, then department chair.
Romance Studies Up to 6 courses may count toward the major. These courses should be approved by the student's major advisor.  Email contact with faculty advisor encouraged while abroad.
Russian Language and Literature; Russian and East European Studies 2 credits per semester abroad (and 1 for summer study) may count toward the major. Coursework must be conducted in Russian. Prior approval is required. Courses deemed less demanding than Wesleyan courses may earn 0.5 credit toward the major rather than 1 full credit. Approval by Profs. Susanne Fusso, Priscilla Meyer, or Duffield White.
SISP No limit. Credit is usually given in area of concentration, rather than the core requirements. Prior approval is required. This department does not award major credit for independent study projects. Approval by department chair.
Sociology Up to 3 courses abroad (more commonly, 2) may count toward the major. Sociological Theory and Sociological Analysis must be taken on campus. Prior approval in required. Approval by department chair.
Theater

Theater Majors are expected to take THEA 105: Basic Production Techniques and THEA 245: Acting 1 at Wesleyan. Approval for all courses taken abroad is required prior to enrollment. Approval by department chair.