Program Classes

The program offers “in-house” courses, designed especially for you, at both of our campuses (Madrid and Alcalá de Henares). Students from either location are welcome to take program classes in either Madrid, Alcalá, or both. You will find a complete listing of program courses below, with a short description. Class size typically runs from 15-25 students. Students are encouraged to choose alternates to their program classes in case classes are full. Student who need major credit will be given preference for selection of related program courses. Many of our program courses are specifically designed to enhance global citizenship 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 Alcalá de Henares, and site visits are included as part of the regular curriculum.

 

Three Cultures. Jews, Christians, Muslims: Understanding Multicultural Spanish History on the Streets of Alcalá de Henares

[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] Section taught by Enrique Santamaría, this course offers an advanced analysis 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 the linguistic immersion while abroad.

Environmental Sociology Seminar. The Forbidden Fruit: Myth, Nature, Society

[Syllabus] This course introduces students to the complex relationships between humans and their environment. Emphasis placed on understanding the worldviews that promote transformation and development of the environment and the major features of environmental conflicts and sustainability. Important concepts such as complexity, limits, resources, sustainability, degrowth, progress, development, worldview, myth, mechanism and domestication will be […]

Advanced Spanish Language Studies

[Syllabus] Section taught by Miguel Lera, this course offers an advanced analysis 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 the linguistic immersion while abroad.

Theater Workshop: The Expanding Body

[Syllabus] Course focuses on the intercultural development of body and voice awareness, two basic tools for theater actors: expressiveness of the human figure on stage; exploration and study of different conceptual spaces; development of the human body and voice in theatrical art. Group-work is privileged as the focus of theatrical activity but at the same times the […]

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 […]

Sketchbook: Walking in the City

[Syllabus] 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 sites — monuments, […]

Imagining the Americas

[Syllabus] This course explores the ways in which the indigenous people of the Americas, and the colonial experience, have been/are constructed in representative literary, cultural, and visual texts produced in Spain by both Spanish and Latin American authors from 1492 to the present. Specifically, students will analyze different representations of American subjects and of the […]