Spanish History, Language, and Culture in Valencia, Spain
Study History, English, and Spanish along the Mediterranean coast in Valencia, Spain, site of early Greek and Roman settlements, and medieval stomping grounds of El Cid. Walk in the footsteps of the surrendering Moorish King Boabdil at the Alhambra palace in Granada; discover secret passages in the castle in Segovia where Queen Isabella married King Ferdinand; walk along the actual Roman road of “Valentia” as you imagine life in the forum, baths, and cemetery of Roman Valencia; stand in the throne room in Granada where Queen Isabella granted Columbus permission and money to sail to the New World.
This program offers classes in History, English and Spanish that fulfill general education requirements at Longwood University. Students choose two of the classes with different prefixes (SPAN, HIST, ENGL). History and English classes are taught in English, although some of the assignments will involve using Spanish.
Students must have completed at least one year of high school Spanish or one semester of college-level Spanish to participate in the program.
Become proficient in Spanish while immersing yourself in a culture rich in history, art, and romance!
Intermediate Spanish I. A course designed to help students develop skills in speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing in Spanish, and apply these skills in a context that recognizes and explores the particularities of Spanish and Latin American cultures. Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or SPAN 105 or an appropriate placement test score. Followed by SPAN 202. *Fulfills General Education Goal 10. 3 credits.
Intermediate Spanish II. Students will continue to develop the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing at a higher level, integrating a wide variety of topics and materials from the target culture. Prerequisite: SPAN 201 or appropriate placement test score. Successful completion of this course satisfies the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree and is prerequisite for upper-level courses. 3 credits.
Conversation. Practice in oral communication skills, including expansion of vocabulary and improvement of pronunciation and listening comprehension. A functional approach, emphasizing strategies for circumlocution, initiating and closing conversation, requesting and providing information, narrating, expressing wishes, complaints, and emotions, giving and receiving advice, and supporting opinions. Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or equivalent. 3 credits.
International Study in Europe. This course will provide a short-term immersion in a contemporary culture that will complement historical study and analysis. It will examine the rich and diverse history of Spain from the pre-Roman era to the late 18th century. Topics include the Iberos, Roman Spain, Visigothic Spain, Islamic Spain, the Reconquista, the unification of the Crowns, Imperial Spain, the trans-Atlantic commercial system, and more. As the course will take place in Spain, special emphasis will be placed on understanding the physical remains of these eras (castles, cathedrals, a mosque, Roman ruins, carriages, commercial centers, etc.). 3 credits.
Active Citizenship: An Advanced Writing Seminar. Students will conduct an interdisciplinary inquiry into topics of language and identity, political, social and economic issues in Spain while developing the writing skills needed to effectively contribute to public discourse as citizen leaders on issues of significance. Imagine becoming an “active citizen” in Spain, speaking directly with the citizens of a democracy abroad, in their language, as well as using print sources (books, journal articles, newspaper and magazine articles, and web sources) in English and in Spanish. Students will explore the role language plays in shaping national or gender identities, working with Spaniards and their classmates to propose solutions to the issues. Develop rhetorical skills needed for citizenship in a democracy. Includes interdisciplinary inquiry into and analysis of at least one significant public issue across all sections. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of General Education Goals 2 and 3; 75 credit hours or permission of the Chair of the General Education Committee. *Fulfills General Education Goal 13. 3 credits.
Completion of at least one semester of Spanish required of all participants before departure. See prerequisites for Spanish 201, 202, 302 and ENGL 400 listed in each course description.
In Valencia, students stay in carefully selected homestays, two students per family, and enjoy 3 meals per day with them, allowing for greater integration into the culture of Spain. In Granada, Córdoba, and Segovia, students stay in hotels conveniently located to the sites the group will visit.
All sessions are in Ruffner 256:
- April 20, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
- September 7, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
- September 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
- October 10, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
- October 25, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
- November 2, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.