Use the Off-Campus Course Approval form for:
- Making up course deficiencies (for withdrawn students this may be fall or spring courses).
- Taking a course not for credit but with approval toward major or preprofessional requirements.
Familiarize yourself with off-campus course guidelines, exceptions that require Committee on Academic Standing (CAS) pre-approval, summer course deadlines, and required documentation.
Off-Campus Course Guidelines
- must be approved in advance by the Registrar’s Office before you enroll
- must be taken at a US regionally accredited college or university (courses taken outside the US must be pre-approved by submitting an explanation to the CAS of why the course must be taken outside the US)
- must be of a liberal arts content that could be offered at Williams
- must be at least 3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours credit
- cannot duplicate or substantially overlap coursework completed or to be completed at Williams
- will require additional approval of the academic department if the course will be used as a prerequisite equivalent or in the field of a declared or intended major or concentration
- cannot be used to fulfill distribution requirements
- cannot be massive open online courses (MOOCs) or self-paced online courses
Summer Course Deadlines
Most late summer sessions begin in early July with registration deadlines in June, so it’s important to plan ahead.
Form submissions are due no later than June 30.
For students considering summer course online courses, some suggestions include: umass.edu, mcla.edu, snhu.edu, nyu.edu.
Students required to take summer courses may not use the excuse that they missed the last date to register for summer courses.
Prior to submitting the Off-Campus Course Approval form you will need to prepare:
- course descriptions (copy/paste description, provide a direct link, or upload a file)
- credit hours
- start and end dates of the course
- course meeting times
If applicable, also prepare:
- an explanation on why a course needs to be taken outside the US, and submit the CAS Petition for pre-approval
- an explanation for online courses that includes why the online course is necessary and details on the course structure (the degree of interaction with other enrolled students as well as with the instructor)
Questions can be addressed to Kath Dunlop, Registrar.