Spanish and Liberal Arts in Granada, Spain

Courses and Academic Structure


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Fall semester overview

The fall semester begins in early September and concludes mid-December. The intensive month of Spanish language ends at the beginning of October and students then choose from the Topics Courses listed below. Advanced level students enroll in two mandatory courses and choose two Topics Courses (students can choose up to three topics courses, but two is typical). Upper-Intermediate level students enroll in three mandatory courses and choose one Topics Course (students can choose up to two Topics Courses, but one is typical).

Intensivo: September Intensive Course

The Intensivo course is designed to help students transition into total Spanish language immersion and prepare for the Topics Courses by practicing speaking, listening, writing and reading skills four hours a day for one month. Some of these course hours concentrate on preparation for the Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE). See the Essential Academic Opportunities section on the Program Overview site for more information.

Development of Spanish Cultures: A Pluralistic Approach (formally Spanish Culture and Civilization)

(Mandatory) This course designed specifically for the fall semester is taught by the resident site director. The goals of the course are to explain the general characteristics of the history, art and culture of three thousand years of civilization in the Iberian Peninsula: from prehistory until contemporary Spain. The course will introduce the principle characteristics of the geography, topography and climate of the Iberian Peninsula as well as the major political, cultural and social events which have contributed to today's Spain. This course will meet for 45 contact hours.

Topics Courses

A placement exam determines your level for Language and Topics Courses. All of the fall CLM courses meet four hours per week.

Advanced level students (Estudios Hispánicos) - Fall

In addition to the mandatory Development of Spanish Cultures and Speaking and Writing Skills courses, choose two or three courses. Underlined courses are recommended by previous students and the Program Director - choose these courses when possible. All courses are 45 contact hours unless otherwise noted. Syllabi in English and Spanish for all CLM courses are available upon request - please send syllabi requests to Dr. Kris Lou at gogranada@willamette.edu.

  • Gramática del español
  • Variedades del español
  • Traducción inglés-español I
  • Español de negocios
  • Didáctica del español como lengua extranjera
  • Introducción a la lingüística
  • Literatura española (Renacimiento y Barroco)
  • Literatura española (Ilustración, Romanticismo y Realismo)
  • Literatura española (Siglo XX)
  • Literatura hispanoamericana
  • La imagen de la mujer en la literatura española (S. XVIII-S.XXI)
  • Historia de España (Edad moderna)
  • Historia de España (Desde Franco hasta la actualidad)
  • Geografía general de España
  • Arte español (Renacimiento - Barroco)
  • Arte español contemporáneo
  • Historia del cine español
  • Política y gobierno en España
  • Sistema político de la Unión Europea
  • Economía y negocios en España y América Latina
  • Civilización y cultura españolas
  • Civilización y cultura hispanoamericana
  • Cultura islámica en España
  • Historia de la música española
  • Historia del flamenco (recommended for music theory majors only)
  • El legado del Al-Andalus
  • Historia y cultura de las communidades judías en España

Upper-intermediate level students (Estudios de Lengua y Cultura Españolas) - Fall

In addition to the mandatory Development of Spanish Cultures, Speaking and Writing Skills, and Spanish Grammar courses choose one or two other courses. Underlined courses are recommended by previous students and the Program Director - choose these courses when possible. All courses are 45 contact hours unless otherwise noted. Syllabi for all CLM courses are available upon request - please send syllabi requests to Dr. Kris Lou at gogranada@willamette.edu.

  • Variedades del español
  • Introducción al español de los negocios
  • Literatura española (hasta S.XVIII)
  • Literatura española (S.XIX-S.XX)
  • Geografíade España
  • Historia de España
  • Historia del Arte en España
  • Civilización y cultura españolas
  • Cultura islámica enEspaña
  • Civilización y cultura hispanoamericanas
  • Sistema político en España y en la Unión Europea
  • Canción tradicional y sociedad española: flamenco, folclor y canción sefardí
  • Economía Española y Latinoamerican

Spring semester overview

The spring semester begins in early January and concludes during late May. The intensive month of Spanish language ends at the beginning of February and students then choose from the Topics Courses listed below. Advanced level students enroll in two mandatory courses and choose two to three Topics Courses. Upper-Intermediate level students enroll in three mandatory courses and choose one or two Topics Courses.

Intensivo: January Intensive Course

The Intensivo course is designed to help students transition into total Spanish language immersion and prepare for the Topics Courses by practicing speaking, listening, writing and reading skills four hours a day for three weeks. Some of these course hours concentrate on preparation for the Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE). See the Essential Academic Opportunities section on the Program Overview site for more information.

Development of Spanish Cultures: A Pluralistic Approach

(Mandatory) This course designed specifically for the spring semester. The goals of the course are to explain the general characteristics of the history, art and culture of three thousand years of civilization in the Iberian Peninsula: from prehistory until contemporary Spain. The course will introduce the principle characteristics of the geography, topography and climate of the Iberian Peninsula as well as the major political, cultural and social events which have contributed to today's Spain. This course will meet for 45 contact hours.

Hispanic Literary Studies

A professor from one of the ILACA institutions will teach this specially designed course which focuses on major genres of Hispanic literature through close analysis of selected masterpieces. This course will push students to develop critical reading skills and written analysis in Spanish. See a list of the professors who have served as the Northwest Visiting Faculty Members (PDF format).

Topics Courses

A placement exam determines your level for Topics Courses. All the spring CLM courses meet three hours per week.

Advanced level students (Estudios Hispánicos) - Spring

In addition to the mandatory Development of Spanish Cultures and Speaking and Writing Skills courses, choose two or three courses. Underlined courses are recommended by previous students and the Program Director - choose these courses when possible. All courses are 45 contact hours unless otherwise noted. Syllabi for all CLM courses are available upon request - please send syllabi requests to Dr. Kris Lou at gogranada@willamette.edu.

  • Gramática del español
  • Variedades del español
  • Traducción inglés-español I
  • Traducción inglés-español II
  • Español de negocios
  • Didáctica del español como lengua extranjera
  • Introducción a la lingüística
  • Literatura española (Renacimiento y Barroco)
  • Literatura española (Ilustración, Romanticismo y Realismo)
  • Literatura española (Siglo XX)
  • Literatura hispanoamericana
  • La imagen de la mujer en la literatura española (S. XVIII-S.XXI)
  • Teatro español
  • Historia de España (Edad moderna)
  • Historia de España (desde Franco hasta la actualidad)
  • Historia de América (Edad contemporánea)
  • Arte español (Renacimiento - Barroco)
  • Arte español contemporáneo
  • Historia del cine español
  • Actualidad sociopolítica en España
  • Economía y negocios en España y América Latina
  • Sistema político de la Unión Europea
  • Civilización y cultura españolas
  • Civilización y cultura hispanoamericanas
  • Cultura islámica en España
  • Historia de la música española
  • Músicas tradicionales
  • El arte flamenco, en la sociedad y la cultura
  • Salud, ecología y medio ambiente en España

Upper-intermediate level students (Estudios de Lengua y Cultura Españolas) - Spring

In addition to the mandatory Development of Spanish Cultures, Speaking and Writing Skills, and Spanish Grammar courses choose one or two other courses. Underlined courses are recommended by previous students and the Program Director - choose these courses when possible. All courses are 45 contact hours unless otherwise noted. Syllabi for all CLM courses are available upon request - please send syllabi requests to Dr. Kris Lou at gogranada@willamette.edu.

  • Variedades del español
  • Introducción al español de los negocios
  • Literatura española (hasta S.XVIII)
  • Literatura española (S.XIX-S.XX)
  • Geografíade España
  • Historia de España
  • Historia del Arte en España
  • Civilización y cultura españolas
  • Cultura islámica en España
  • Civilización y cultura hispanoamericanas
  • Sistema político en España y en la Unión Europea
  • Canción tradicional y sociedad española: flamenco, folclor y canción sefardí
  • Economía Española y Latinoamerican