The Department of History strongly encourages student participation in the various Year and Semester Abroad programs approved by WU Overseas Programs, and in the case of compelling academic arguments, will support the applications of its majors to other programs.
WU approved programs, downloadable forms, and deadlines should be accessed at: http://overseas.wustl.edu
Prior to seeking departmental approval, students should familiarize themselves with programs and history courses available in the country where they intend to study (use above link to see a list of programs).
Counting Coursework Toward the History Major
The department accepts up to three credits toward the History major for one course or six credits for two courses taken in one semester of study abroad, and up to nine or twelve credits for three or four courses taken over a full year of study abroad. Any exceptions to this rule will have to be approved by the Study Abroad Advisor.
Integrating Study Abroad with the History Major at Washington University
In selecting study abroad programs and in choosing courses, students are strongly encouraged to think about how history courses taken during a semester or year abroad can be meaningfully integrated into coursework for the History major at Washington University. The History Department especially encourages students planning to write a senior honors thesis to use a semsester or year abroad to prepare for writing the thesis.
Students may wish to take courses that will provide an understanding of the historical context of the thesis topic, or provide exposure to historical scholarship on the topic. A semester or year abroad may also provide an excellent opportunity for collecting primary sources for a senior thesis. Integrating study abroad with a senior thesis will require thoughtful planning in consultation with the History faculty members likely to serve as readers of the thesis.
The only way that students are guaranteed credit toward the major or minor is to secure written pre-approval by the Department for the specific course(s) they intend to take. Prior to submitting their applications, students should secure written approval of their study plan from the Study Abroad Advisor. Course offerings frequently change at the last minute, long after having received pre-approval and arriving at the study abroad host institution. In such cases, students should select courses that are based in the host institution's History Department.
Courses not pre-approved, and not home-based in a host institution's History Department, are not guaranteed of receiving credit toward a History major or minor at Washington University. Such courses might have to be evaluated for content along with the student's written assignments only after the student's return, and credit may or may not be awarded.
Please note that it is not necessary to submit syllabi and written materials from study abroad coursework to the History Department unless you are contacted and requested to do so by the Department's Study Abroad Advisor.
The Study Abroad advisor for the Department of History is Professor Daniel Bornstein. Students may reach him in his office in Busch Hall, room 131; via phone at 314-935-7279; or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Requiring Faculty Member's Nomination
Together with the Department of English, the History Department annually nominates one or two of its very best sophomores to the prestigious year-long program at Keble College, University of Oxford. An informational meeting is usually held in November.
Funding For Research Abroad
Please see detailed information under Funding for Research Abroad.