To provide students an experience of immersion in the language, the department offers a variety of interdisciplinary ICAs in different countries, such as Astronomy in Granada, Spain; Environmental Studies in Ecuador; Multicultural Education in Nicaragua; and Peace Studies in Bilbao, Spain. Spanish majors are required to spend a semester in one of the department-approved study-abroad programs in Argentina or Spain. If students wish to spend a semester in one of the department approved semester-long programs, they should speak to Dr. Jeanie Murphy, director of Study of Abroad.
Semester Abroad in Spain and Argentina -Program Objectives and Description
The objective of the study-abroad semester is to provide Spanish majors an opportunity to advance their knowledge of the Spanish language and to pursue their specialized fields of academic interest while developing cross-cultural competency. High-quality instruction by distinguished local professors is combined with immersion in Spanish speaking societies with the goals of improving understanding of a variety of cultures and allowing students to explore the world from more than one perspective. Students majoring in Spanish must spend at least one semester abroad in Spain or Argentina, where they will live with local families, attend classes and explore the country and culture through fieldtrips. Eligibility: Students must have completed SP 235 or its equivalent to go to Spain and Argentina. Abroad, students will take a placement exam which will determine the level of the courses they will be eligible to take.
Course Load and Credits in Spain and Argentina
Students will attend local universities taking tailor-made courses taught entirely in Spanish by accomplished local university professors, and they will have the opportunity of taking courses alongside local students if they show sufficient proficiency in the placement exam abroad. Students will have a complete immersion experience with home stays and participation in the cultural life of the region. Upon satisfactory completion of the program abroad, students will return to Goucher having earned a minimum of 12 credits.
For more information, visit The Center for Cross-Cultural Study: http://www.spanishstudies.org
Intensive Courses Abroad (ICA)
Intermediate Readings in Spanish and Astronomy in Granada (8 Cr.)
(AST 110G) (GEN. ED. #2, #3, and #6) (LER-FL) Regularly scheduled every other odd year in the spring semester at Goucher, in combination with a three-week intensive course in Spain during the month of May. This course will encourage a great deal of interdisciplinary study among our students by studying sciences and Spanish in a Spanish city that is known for its astronomical observations, such as IRAM, and its multiethnic environment. Credits will be distributed as follows: 2.5 Astronomy and one Spanish credit in the spring, and 1.5 Astronomy and three Spanish credits in the summer. Prerequisite: SP 130, SP 130G, SP 130S or SP 130V, or placement. Students will receive credit for SP 229 or for independent work in Spanish (1-3 credits, the equivalent to SP 299). Spring/summer alternate years. Sugerman and Miranda-Aldaco.
Intermediate Readings in Spanish and Environmental Studies in Ecuador (6 Cr.)
ES 130E (GEN. ED. #2, #3, and #11). Regularly scheduled every even year in the spring semester at Goucher. This interdisciplinary course allows students to study environmental sustainability issues and Spanish in Ecuador, which is one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. It encompasses a pre-program course and an international field experience that includes living on San Cristóbal Island, visiting several other islands in the Galapagos, and visiting Otavalo (an indigenous community) in Ecuador. This course will examine the tensions that exist in the Galapagos between preserving one of the world's most pristine ecosystems and sustaining the people who live and depend on the islands' resources. We will also consider the role of the indigenous cultures in helping the government of Ecuador advance progressive sustainability initiatives in the face of demands to extract the non-renewable resources that exist in this bio-diverse country. 3 credits during the pre-program course in the Spring semester at Goucher (2 Spanish and 1 Environmental Studies), and 3 credits during the three-week intensive course in Ecuador (2 Environmental Studies and 1 Spanish). Prerequisite: SP 130, SP 130G, SP 130S, or SP 130V, or placement. Students will receive credit for SP 229 or for independent work in Spanish (1-3 credits, the equivalent to SP 299). Spring/summer even years. Cortés-Conde and Kasniunas.
Intermediate Readings in Spanish and Peace Studies in Bilbao (8 Cr.)
(PCE 272Y) UNDERSTANDING CONFLICT: A PEACE HISTORY IN SPAIN This interdisciplinary course builds Spanish language skills into the curriculum of peace studies through a seven-week pre-program course in the fall dedicated to the study of current conflicts in Spain (two credits); a three-week immersion experience in Granada and Bilbao (Spain) in January (four credits); and a seven-week, post-immersion course in the spring (two credits). This course will explore contemporary conflicts through a study of their historical roots. The final seven weeks will be conducted mostly in Spanish to increase awareness of the importance of attaining proficiency in a second language in understanding and participating in conflict resolution. Prerequisite: PCE 110 and/or PCE 148, or permission of the instructor, and SP 130, SP 130G, SP 130S, or SP 130V or placement. Students will receive credit for SP 229 or for independent work in Spanish (1-3 credits, the equivalent to SP 299). Spring/summer alternate odd years. Miranda-Aldaco and Dawit.
Intermediate Readings in Spanish and Education in Nicaragua (8 Cr.)
(ED 272Y) (GEN. ED. #3) MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION IN NICARAGUA This interdisciplinary course builds Spanish language skills into the curriculum of education through a seven-week pre-program course in the fall (two credits), a three-week immersion experience in Nicaragua in January (four credits), and a seven-week post-program course in the spring (two credits). This course introduces students to the basic skills and concepts of multiculturalism and how to effectively apply them in a classroom. The first seven-weeks is conducted in English. During the three-week intensive, students will be immersed in the Spanish language, and the final seven weeks will be conducted in Spanish. Prerequisites: SP 130, SP 130G, SP 130S, or SP 130V or placement. Students will receive credit for SP 229 or for independent work in Spanish (1-3 credits, the equivalent to SP 299). Variable semesters. Moreno-López and Smith.
LAM 272Y - Intensive Course Abroad (4 Cr.)
Emerging Markets in Cuba (BUS 272Y) This interdisciplinary course will allow students to gain a better understanding of Cuba's history, culture, politics, economics and changing business environment, as a country in transition from a firmly state-controlled market to a more open market. A seven-week pre-course at Goucher during the spring semester will introduce students to the economic structures and business models now in place in Cuba as well as the history of the revolution in that country. This will be followed by a three-week intensive course in Cuba in June during which time students will visit Cuban businesses, large and small, will meet with local businessmen and businesswomen and will take part in various cultural excursions and activities. During the spring semester students will receive 1 credit for their work in the pre-course and, upon successful completion of the three-week ICA, they will receive an additional 3 credits cross-listed in Latin American Studies and Business Management. Prerequisite for LAM: LAM 105 or LAM 268 or instructor's permission. Prerequisite for BUS: BUS 231 or instructor's permission. Offered 2014. Grossman, Murphy.