Program Classes

The program offers “in-house” courses, designed especially for you, at our Madrid campus. Students from both program campuses (Madrid and Alcalá de Henares) are encouraged to take program classes that fit their academic interests. You will find a complete listing of program courses below, with a short description. Class size typically runs from 15-25 students, although the required Advanced Language course is capped at 14. If classes fill to limit, a new section will be opened so that no student is locked out of a class. Many of our program courses are specifically designed to enhance global awareness by offering critical perspectives on the geopolitics of globalization, using Spain and Latin America as a point of departure. All courses capitalize on the wealth of intellectual, artistic and cultural resources offered in Madrid, and site visits are included as part of the regular curriculum.


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In Women’s Words: Feminist Literary Discourse in Spain and the Americas

[Syllabus] Course focuses on 20th century transatlantic texts authored by women. Course scrutinizes the notion of women’s script, and studies representative “feminine” texts alongside diverse non-canonical feminist literary production. In order to discern the epistemic relevance of “feminist literature” (as opposed to “feminine”) course relies on framework of feminist political texts, both Hispanic and non-Hispanic. Specific […]

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Three Cultures, Jews, Christians, Muslims: Myths and Milestones in Spanish History

[Syllabus] Course examines how the three great monotheistic religions/cultures and their interwoven histories have impacted Spain. The coexistence of three cultures was a phenomenon rich in nuances and Alcalá de Henares offers the perfect setting to analyze and understand its unique intellectual and artistic achievements. Through historical and comparative analysis of the three cultures we […]


Advanced Spanish Language Studies

[Syllabus] Course offers an advanced cognitive analysis and practice of Spanish, with special attention to linguistic difficulties faced by American students. Course focuses on helping student to develop and improve communicative and intercultural competencies, taking advantage of linguistic immersion while abroad. Course privileges student experience and integration in Spanish through projects, activities, excursions. Students complete a […]


Transatlantic Literatures, Spain and the Americas: Dialogues on Self and Other

[Syllabus] Course focuses on key and 20th and 21st century Spanish, Latin American and American texts, and uses a dialectical interpretation of them as “transatlantic,” in other words, these literatures are understood to be in a process of constant cultural exchange. Course readings reflect a sustained focus on othering and otherness in a  polyphony of […]

Josep Lobera

Is Spain Different? Political and Social Changes since the Transition to Democracy

[Syllabus] Course examines the most relevant aspects of contemporary Spanish society: politics, culture, economy, and social life. Course objective is to provide students with facts, observations and interviews that allow them to have a robust map of Spanish society, going beyond everyday topics. The course offers a vision of Spain by comparing it to surrounding countries, especially those […]

Arturo Colorado

Contemporary Spanish Art History: Society, Image, Theory

[Syllabus] Study of the evolution of the plastic arts in Spain during the 20th-21st century. Analysis of works of art both within an international context and within the history of the social and ideological changes taking place in Spain during this time period. Course develops student’s ability to effectively and creatively analyze a work of […]

Pepa Santamaria

Sketchbook: Walking in the City

[Syllabus Tuesday and Thursday] On-site studio art course, based on drawing, designed for both art majors and non-art majors. Course positions students as informed “travelers” in Madrid/Alcalá (the course is offered in each site), simultaneously exploring the city while offering personalized instruction in drawing and contact with the visual arts. Students explore and sketch diverse […]