Off-Campus Study (OCS) is a great opportunity to apply the lenses developed in Grinnell's gender, women's, and sexuality studies classrooms to living and learning in another culture. Spending a semester studying off campus is something every Grinnell student should consider, and if you are pursuing a GWSS major you can easily combine your OCS experience with your GWSS four-year plan. The Office of Off-Campus Study has compiled a list of the currently approved programs that offer GWSS-related courses. Interested students should meet with someone in OCS to discuss these options.
How Do OCS Credits Count Toward the GWSS Major?
GWSS-related courses taken while on an OCS program may count toward the GWSS major; courses are approved after the student returns from OCS. If you are taking a course that you think should count toward your GWSS major, you should be sure to keep a copy of the syllabus and, if possible, send an electronic copy to your GWSS adviser to keep in your file. Upon returning to Grinnell, you will work with your adviser to have the course approved for GWSS credit. The GWSS program has some OCS syllabi for courses that have been approved in the past; please contact your adviser if you are interested in learning more about a particular program’s courses.
OCS courses can be used to meet the general credit requirements and to fulfill the four thematic rubrics of the major curriculum. However, OCS courses cannot be used to fulfill either of the major’s two required 300-level courses, both of which must be completed at Grinnell.
For a full list of OCS programs at Grinnell, please visit the OCS website.