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Off-Campus Study in Sociology and Anthropology

We strongly encourage students in Sociology and Anthropology (SOAN) to expand the scope of their on-campus academic experiences by studying off-campus.

Off-Campus Study for SOAN Students

SOAN students can pursue a semester studying off-campus with either an approved Sociology or Anthropology program, one of Colgate’s own study groups (led by a Colgate professor) or as part of a Colgate-approved study group run by a non-Colgate provider.  Many Colgate courses also offer extended study opportunities, where students spend a few weeks traveling after the end of a semester of on-campus study.

SOAN faculty work closely with our majors and minors to help each student choose the off-campus study experiences that complement and build on his or her overall course plan---we encourage students not to think of off-campus study as a semester-long break from Colgate but rather as a way to enhance on-campus course work.  Our students often use off-campus study as a way to collect data for use in senior seminar and honors projects.  Since Anthropology majors are required to complete a fieldwork component as part of their coursework, off-campus study can often be a rewarding and useful way to fulfill this requirement.

Getting Started

SOAN students should begin planning off-campus study at the time that they apply for an Anthropology or Sociology major; students should work with their SOAN faculty advisors and the Office of Off-Campus Study to explore off-campus study opportunities and to plan them in tandem with their overall major.

SOAN students should print out and complete this worksheet, then make an appointment to speak with their faculty advisor and the advisors in the Office of Off-Campus Study.  The form includes more details about SOAN policies and advice for students when planning off-campus study.

For the Class of 2019

Major declarations need to be completed, along with the Application to Participate on an Approved Program, by February 3, 2017.  Students in the Class of 2019 should consult with a SOAN faculty advisor anytime in their freshman or sophomore year, but especially by early in the spring 2017 term to begin completing these required documents.
Jonathan P. Williams '17, Dorogawa, Nara Prefecture in Japan
Thanks to the support of the Sociology Department, I was able to study Japanese Culture and Buddhist Traditions through an approved program hosted at Ryukoku University. This small town hidden in the mountains is notorious for its hot springs and hiking trials.
Hope DiPaolo '17 sitting on a wall in front of a city
Hope is an Anthropology major.  She studied abroad her junior year in Spain on a Colgate approved program called IES Salamanca.The picture is taken on the Puente Romano (ancient Roman bridge) and the building in the background is the Cathedral.

SOAN Credit for Off-Campus Study

SOAN majors are allowed to transfer a maximum of two relevant courses from a Colgate or Colgate-approved off-campus study group.  SOAN minors may transfer one course. 

Typically, SOAN allows transfer credit only for elective courses; students are not allowed to fulfill required introductory, methods, theory, or senior seminar courses through off-campus study.

Ultimately, students are responsible for making sure that off-campus study courses fulfill SOAN major or minor requirements.  Your faculty advisor can provide feedback on possible course choices and how those may fulfill SOAN requirements.  If your plans for off-campus study change, make sure to keep your SOAN faculty advisor informed about those changes, so that he or she may advise you about the best opportunities.

Forms and Documents

Please see the Office of Off-Campus Study’s Forms and Documents page for the key materials students need to complete in order to plan off-campus study.  In addition to the forms listed there, students must also complete the SOAN Off-Campus Study Worksheet before meeting with their faculty advisor to discuss off-campus study.