Program Courses & Faculty

The program offers courses designed especially for you, at our Madrid campus. Courses are offered in Spanish, and students 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 10-16 students; the required Advanced Language Studies course is capped at 12. Our program courses are specifically designed to include diversity within the curriculum, as courses offer critical perspectives on identity and social justice in Spain. All courses offer site visits, capitalizing on the wealth of intellectual, artistic, historical and cultural resources offered in Madrid.



Advanced Spanish Language Studies

Enrique Santamaría Busto, PhD. 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, […]

Advanced Spanish Language Studies for Heritage Speakers

Miguel Ángel Lera Rodríguez-Morón, PhD. Español para hablantes de herencia es un curso diseñado para hablantes que utilizan o han utilizado como lengua principal en su casa el español, pero cuya lengua dominante en las relaciones extra familiares y el ámbito académico es el inglés. El curso está dirigido por tanto a aquellos estudiantes que […]

Ortega, Esther

Identity and Intersectionality in Spain: Gender, Sexual Orientation, Race / Ethnicity and Migration

Esther Mayoko Ortega Arjonilla, PhD. El curso propuesto explorará las diferentes identidades minorizadas (por razón de género, raza, orientación sexual, identidad de género, estatus migratorio, clase social u otras…) en el estado español. Desde la perspectiva de los estudios culturales veremos cómo se han producido estas diferentes identidades y qué imágenes de las mismas se […]

Guerra, Bethania rojo

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

Bethania Guerra de Lemos, PhD. 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 […]


Sketchbook: Walking in the City

Pepa Santamaría, MFA. 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, simultaneously exploring the city while offering personalized instruction in drawing and contact with the visual arts. Students explore and sketch diverse sites — monuments, museums, neighborhoods, and gardens — […]

Ortega, Esther

Black Lives Matter in Spain

Esther Mayoko Ortega Arjonilla, PhD. Course analyzes the flourishing of studies on negritude in Spain, with special focus on first person testimonies, and new contestational narratives emerging in recent years. Course explores the different traditions that have crystallized in the resurgence of black activism as well as the multiple and diverse—sometimes dissonant–voices that articulate these […]