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Study Abroad in San José: Courses

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To follow is a sample list of courses that have been offered on previous programs. Please note that course descriptions for all Spanish language courses are available on the AIFS website. More courses are available - for a full and current list of courses, please contact your AIFS Admissions Officer. Courses may change at the discretion of Universidad Veritas.

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Prerequisites may be required. Courses with OC after the title are only taught on campus in Costa Rica. Courses with HC after the title are available on the Hybrid Program. Courses listed as OC/HC can be taken on campus or as part of the Hybrid Program. Spanish Language courses are available in both formats.

Spanish Language Courses (Required)

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Please note that some specialized Spanish courses and electives are not available every month. For students on the spring semester who require a 6-credit language course instead of the standard 5-credit course there is the option to add a 1-credit conversation course for a supplemental fee. Please check course descriptions with the AIFS Admissions Officer for details.

Students take a Spanish language placement test before the program begins in order to determine the appropriate course level. We advise students to gain pre-approval for several different levels of Spanish from their university advisors in the U.S. in order to ensure that they are able to receive credit for the course that they test into. Please note that the Universidad Veritas issues ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. Recommended U.S. credits are shown in parentheses. See page 391 for further details on ECTS.

Spanish Language Courses

Spanish 101 (4) /Spanish 102 (4) | Elementary Spanish I/Elementary Spanish II

Students with no previous Spanish study or with only one semester in college usually place at these levels. Focus is on functional uses of the language as well as grammar, lexicon and cultural themes. Included are introductions, giving and receiving information, writing letters, indicative, past perfect and preterit tenses, expressing likes and dislikes and imperative forms of “tú” and “usted”.

Spanish 201 (4) /Spanish 202 (4) | Intermediate Spanish I/Intermediate Spanish II

Prerequisite SPN 102. Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with one semester in college, or students who have two to four semesters of college Spanish, usually place into these levels. Focus is on overall communicative skills: perfect tenses, preterit versus imperfect, telling stories, the future and the conditional, the imperative uses of the subjunctive mood, and transmission of messages (verb tenses).

Spanish 210 (4) | Intermediate Spanish Conversation

Prerequisite SPN 202. This course is for students with a high Intermediate level of Spanish who wish to improve their communicative skills and pronunciation. Emphasis is placed on day-to-day conversation and cultural issues. The methodology enhances structured speech to provide a firm foundation in patterns of spoken Spanish, progressing towards free conversation.

Spanish 301 (4)/Spanish 302 (4) | Advanced Spanish I/Advanced Spanish II

Prerequisite SPN 202. Students with at least six semesters of college Spanish, experience living in a Spanish-speaking country or Spanish study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place at these levels. Grammar work refines and develops communicative skills: the impersonal “se”, adjectives, nouns and verbs, indicative and subjunctive tenses, spelling and accents, arguments/ debates, expressing degrees of possibilities, cause, consequence and mode of action, formal and informal letters.

Spanish 310 (4) | Advanced Spanish Conversation

Prerequisite SPN 301. This course is based on acquiring the skill of self-correction. Students will acquire higher levels of diction and fluency through the exposure to oral contexts, idiomatic language and the varieties of Spanish spoken in different Spanish-speaking nations. This course develops skills in reading, discussion, analysis, self-correction and research. Emphasis is given to pragmatic production and students must be prepared to spend a minimum of 2 extra hours per day for assignments.

Spanish 141 (4) | Basic Spanish for Health Professionals

This course is designed to give health personnel, who do not have any previous Spanish experience, the tools necessary for interacting with and interviewing Spanish speaking patients. Students will acquire the linguistic knowledge and skills that will permit them to communicate at a basic level with Spanishspeaking patients.

SPN 204: (4) | Intermediate Spanish for International Business

Course description coming soon.

Spanish 241 (4) | Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals

Prerequisite: minimum of two semesters of college-level Spanish. This course is designed for health personnel that have taken a minimum of 100 elective hours of Spanish as a second language. The goal of this course is to deepen the knowledge of medical-related Spanish and increase the competency of communications in specific situations with Spanish-speaking patients.

SPN 305: (4) | Advanced Spanish for Hospitality and Recreation Professions

Course description coming soon.

Spanish 341 (4) | Advanced Spanish for Health Professionals

Prerequisite: minimum of four semesters of college Spanish. This course is designed for health personnel that have an Advanced background in Spanish and who need to improve their linguistic competency in order to interact with their Spanish speaking patients and their families. The goal at the end of this course is to be able to communicate in an effective and fluent form with Spanish speaking patients and families.

Spanish 151 (4) | Basic Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals

This course is designed to give general law enforcement professionals, who do not have any previous Spanish experience; the tools necessary for interacting with and interviewing Spanish speakers. During the four weeks of the course the students will acquire the linguistic knowledge and skills that will permit them to communicate at a basic level in simulated situations with Spanish native speakers.

Spanish 251 (4) | Intermediate Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals

Prerequisite: minimum of two semesters of college-level Spanish. This course is designed for law enforcement professionals that have taken a minimum of 100 elective hours of Spanish as a second language. The goal of this course is to deepen the knowledge of law-related Spanish and increase the competency of communication in specifically simulated situations with native Spanish speakers.

Spanish 304 (4) | Spanish for Business

Prerequisite SPN 301. This course is for students with an Advanced level of Spanish who wish to learn general information about the development and processes of some of Costa Rica’s main entrepreneurial settings. By the end of the course, students will have a general knowledge of business vocabulary and usual business practices in Costa Rica. The course contents are complemented with a couple of field visits to some of Costa Rica’s developing businesses.

Spanish 320 (4) | Cultural Heritage in Latin America

Prerequisite SPN 301. This course introduces relevant topics and issues in the development of Latin America’s cultural heritage. Students will develop an understanding of intellectual, artistic, social and historical perspectives in Latin America with emphasis on Costa Rica.

Spanish 340 (4) | Oral Expression Techniques

Prerequisite SPN 301. This course focuses on advanced communication and presentation skills. Students will work on communication techniques and efficient oral expression in formal contexts.

Spanish 410 (4) | Advanced Composition

Prerequisite SPN 302. This course is for high Advanced level students who want to further develop their written skills through different composition practices and techniques. The course studies complex and difficult syntax topics. Special attention is given to stylistics and composition structure.

Courses Taught in English

Architecture 312/ARCH 3112 (3) | History of Latin American Architecture and Art OC

A chronological overview of the main inventions and influences that contributed to the making of past and present architecture in Latin America by analyzing the artistic manifestations.

Architecture 320/ARCH 3200 (4) | Tropical Architecture and Design OC

Develop the skills needed to analyze a particular architectural problem and offer adequate design solutions that guarantee a high quality environment. It is offered to all students who wish to learn about tropical design. Previous knowledge of architecture, design projection and graphic expression is not required.

Art 130/ART 1301 (3) | Basic Principles of Drawing OC

This studio art course includes model drawings, landscape drawings and experimental (abstract) drawings with an emphasis on the development of expression and observational drawing from still life, a model and landscapes. 

Art 210/ART 2100 (3) | Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice OC

This course is designed for beginners. Students learn about the essentials of art through experience and experimentation. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in artwork. Upon completion, students should understand the basics of art materials used and have a basic overview of the history of art and how art represents its society, especially, Latin American culture.

Art 213/ART 2130 (4) | Mural Painting and Public Art OC

The course includes an actual practicum in large-scale media and experimentation of early and contemporary techniques including drawing, fresco, painting, aerosol and various industrial materials. The objective of this course is for students to develop an understanding of some of the social roles of art and the impact of murals in communities, based upon its historical and contemporary applications.

Business 312/GEB 3120 (4) | Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (4) OC/ HC

This course seeks to understand the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship on global and local economies as well as patterns of innovation and their impact on cultures and business environments. The content will also include discussions and investigations about important elements of entrepreneurship such as stages of a business, sources of funding, exit strategies and key skills for entrepreneurs. 

Business 335/GEB 3350 (3)  | Introduction to International Business OC/HC

An overview of the cultural environment of international business and institutions which affect business today. The Latin American perspective with regard to the U.S., Asia and Europe is examined: NAFTA, Mercosur, the EC and other common market areas and agreements.

Business 350/GEB 3500 (4)  | Ecotourism: The Costa Rica Case OC/HC

The course addresses the economic importance of ecotourism for the Costa Rican national economy, the stimulation of grassroots, community ecotourism projects, and the role of ecotourism in securing environmental protection. The advances and limitations of ecotourism will also be explored.

Communications 307/COMM 3070 (4) | Creative Conflict Resolution HC

This multicultural, gender sensitive course is designed for students who wish to learn strategies and techniques in thought and behavior transformations for conflict resolution. The course is based on the Alternatives to Violence Project; a program started in NY State in the seventies and implemented in Costa Rica, Switzerland and other Latin American countries since 1990. Emphasis is placed on the following themes: self-esteem and self-care, communication skills, cooperation, community building and conflict resolution, including mediation, bias awareness and cultural diversity. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a school, a communal group or a penal institution.

Communications 320/COMM 3200 (3) | Intercultural Competence and Communication OC/HC

This course addresses issues related to diversity and commonalities amongst human beings and the implications and applications of each situation or professional context. Students will develop the skills needed for intercultural competence.

Dance 250/ DNCE 2500 (3) | Theory of Latin America Tropical Dance OC

This course explores the technique, rhythm and movement of Latin American tropical dance. History, anthropology, folklore, videos and songs will all play a role in this experiential course, perfect for a Costa Rica summer internship. Students will come away with a general understanding of the history and folklore of Latin American dance, and will become familiar with the basic rhythms of various Latin American countries.

Economics 340/ECON 3403 (3) | Introduction to International Economics in Latin America OC

Examines Latin American policies affecting the international economy, with attention to trade barriers, economic nationalism and regionalism, international political economy, exchange market intervention and international transmission of economic perturbations. 

Environmental Studies 250/ENV 2500 (4) | Introduction to Genetics: Current Applications OC/HC 

Course description coming soon. 

Environmental Studies 302/ENV 3020 (4) | Marine Molecular Biology OC/HC

Course description coming soon. 

Environmental Sciences 304/ENV 3044 (4) | Tropical Ecology OC/HC

Students learn about the interactions between earth and land and how these interactions or processes affect our life and the stability of the planet. Emphasis is given to the study of the most relevant tropical ecosystems such as: tropical rainforest, cloud forests, coral reefs and mangroves. Field trips to selected environments will provide on-site examples of some of the issues learned through class work and readings. All field trips are mandatory. 

Environmental Sciences 305/ENV 3005 (4) | Environmental Impact and Social Development OC/HC

The study of major environmental problems and issues confronting modern society. Students examine ecosystems, population patterns and dynamics; use and misuse of resources; population and environmental quality; environmental citizenship and economic incentives and Costa Rican initiatives in ecotourism. 

Environmental Studies 306/ENV 3060 (4) | Wild Cats of Costa Rica OC/HC

Course description coming soon. 

Environmental Studies 310/ENV 3100 (4) | Tropical Birds (Tropical Ornithology) OC/HC

Course description coming soon. 

Environmental Sciences 312/ENV 3120 (4) | Land Vertebrates of Costa Rica OC/HC

Students will gain insight into various biological characteristics of the groups of land chordates in the country. Costa Rica has an immensely rich animal biodiversity, with an influence of both North American and South American fauna and is a world-renowned hot spot for animal research and conservation. Emphasis will be given to the study of Costa Rican species, but others will be discussed as well.

Environmental Studies 315/ENV 33150 (4) | Tropical Botany: Useful Plants OC/HC

Course description coming soon. 

Environmental Sciences 316/ENV 3160 (4) | Conservation Biology of Endangered Marine Species OC

This course aims to highlight the importance of conservation biology in managing endangered marine species, emphasizing recent conservation efforts for umbrella species such as sea turtles and sharks in the Pacific waters bordering Costa Rica. We will develop a critical understanding of conservation biology, emphasizing the general concept of biodiversity and examining present-day case studies that focus on scientific investigations to answer critical aspects of the history of life, recovery programs, species management, community conservation and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Students will also be introduced to a wide range of practical activities by visiting field stations and “natural laboratories” throughout Costa Rica.

Environmental Sciences 317/ENV 3170 (4) | Freshwater Ecology OC/HC

Water is a vital resource for human beings. It is also a limited one, which has suffered degradation, while demand is ever growing. Freshwater ecology, otherwise known as limnology, helps us to understand the physical, chemical and biological properties of inland aquatic environments (wetlands, lakes, rivers, mangroves and reservoirs). This course emphasizes the problems and conservation efforts related to water resources. Through field trips and laboratory work, students will learn methods for monitoring aquatic environments. 

Environmental Sciences 319/ENV 3190 (4) | Tropical Marine Biology OC/HC

The course studies the balance between ecosystems and human stress and demands on the constantly changing marine environment. All field trips are mandatory.

Environmental Studies 320/ENV 3200 (4) | Marine Mammals of Costa Rica: Biology and Conservation OC

Course description coming soon. 

Environmental Sciences 374/ENV 3740 (4) | Climate Change, Impacts and Adaptations OC

Climate change is dramatically affecting the future of our planet. In this course, students will learn about global climate changes and how these are impacting plant and animal populations, people, and ways of life. Emphasis is placed on learning and understanding the overwhelming evidence for human-induced climate change and addressing its misconceptions. Students will also study how natural populations are affected by climate change, how can they adapt, and their likely future.

Environmental Sciences 403/ENV 4030 (4) | Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems OC/HC

After establishing a foundation of basic ecological concepts different applications of these concepts to agricultural systems will be investigated. Consumption and production issues related to food system sustainability will be analyzed, and students will explore their own role in the food system. Field trips will provide opportunities for direct observation of (and interaction with) different approaches to food production and distribution in Costa Rica.

Environmental Sciences 404/ENV 4040 (4) | Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development OC

An overview of the current world problems in natural resources management and conservation, and their effects on sustainable development efforts in tropical countries. Current issues that condition the possibility for development such as poverty, global warming, deforestation and potable water will be analyzed. 

Environmental Sciences 410/ENV 4100 (4) | Biotechnology and Sustainability OC

Course description coming soon.

Ethics 310/ETH 3100 (3) | Selected Topics in Afro-Caribbean Studies OC/HC

Course description coming soon.

Health 102/HHD 1020 (3) | Physical Therapy and Rehab Exercises for Common Sport Injuries OC

Introduces the basic concepts of human anatomy, the most common injuries and illnesses that require physical therapy, and the different tools and methods used to treat them. The course consists of theoretical lectures and laboratory practice, giving students a hands-on experience of the techniques provided in the lectures. By the end of the course, students will have a general knowledge of various specialty areas, as well as techniques such as massage therapy, electrotherapy and therapeutic exercise.

Health 105/HHD 1050 (3) | Holistic Health Approaches OC/HC

Introduces the basic concepts of alternative medicine. We will also explore and evaluate alternative approaches and philosophies to personal health and wellness. Topics include: homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal and nutritional therapies, massage, chiropractic therapy, electromagnetic therapy, breathing exercise and others.

Health 107/HHD 1070 (4) | Health and Nutrition: sustainability approach OC/HC

Course description coming soon. 

Health 115/HHD 1150 (3) | Introduction to Anatomy HC OC/HC

Course description coming soon. 

Health 210/HHD 2100 (3) | Introduction to Human Physiology OC/HC

Course description coming soon. 

Health 307/HHD 3070 (4)  | Conflict Resolution and Health Care OC

Health service delivery today encounters frequent conflicts many derived from larger changes occurring in health care systems around the world. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their leadership on matters of public health. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a medical facility, community or school. 

History 230/HIS 2302 (3)  | Contemporary Latin American History  OC/HC

A survey of the main events in Latin American history after its independence. Topics include the historical causes and effects of the independence, some of the main issues on social, economic and political problems and the main historical leaders in modern Latin America. 

History 329/HIS 3293 (4)  | Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine OC

The course focuses on the history and development of the public health care system within the context of the Costa Rican socio-political and economic situation. A strong emphasis is placed on how the system works, pointing out both its strong and weak points. An additional objective, of fundamental importance in understanding this system, is the study of Costa Rica as a tropical country, specifically the prevention and transmission of relevant tropical diseases. 

Humanities 351/HUM 3513 (3) | Costa Rica Colloquium: History and Culture OC/HC

Course description coming soon.

Management 300/MGMT 3000 (3) | Service Sector Management OC/HC

Course description coming soon. 

Management 302/MGMT 3020 (4) | Renewable Energy and Resource Management OC/HC

Course description coming soon. 

Management 303/MGMT 3030 (3)  | Creative Leadership Skills  OC/HC

Provides the opportunity to learn about and practice the skills required for managerial excellence. These skills include leadership, negotiation, conducting performance appraisals, delegation, effective communication, interviewing and making hiring decisions and effective human resource management. 

Marketing 301/MKTG 3010 (3)  | International Marketing Management  OC/HC

The course assumes that students are familiar with basic marketing terms and have a basic to mid understanding of marketing concepts. The course will examine the concepts related to international marketing, while students analyze case studies and propose ideas through assignments to attain the objectives of the course. 

Marketing 315/MKTG 3150 (4)  | Sustainable Consumption and Production OC/HC

This course will help students acquire the knowledge, capacities and values to help them contribute to shaping a better tomorrow as more responsible consumers. It will trace the history and the justification for the focus on sustainable consumption. The educational content will be provided through an examination of value systems and the life-cycle assessment of selected consumer items involving their economic, environmental and social aspects, the latter involving an introduction to product responsibility, labor practices, human rights and societal perspectives. 

Photography 210/PHOT 2100 (4)  | Ecological Photography OC/HC

In this course, students will gain a general understanding of the possibilities and stages of digital photography as applied to ecological exploration. Through practical exercises and field trips, students will gain the basic skills needed to consciously create and manipulate digital photographic images, while exploring Costa Rican ecological systems. 

Photography 213/PHOT 2130 (3)  | Cultural Photography OC/HC

Offers the acquisition of basic photographic skills as a means of cultural exploration. Through practice exercises and field trips aiming to apply the information provided through lectures, students will consciously explore Costa Rican culture through the creation of photographic images and essays. Students will be able to consciously create photographs that document aspects of Costa Rican culture through portraiture and landscapes. A course supplement may be required. 

Politics 250/POL 2500 (3)  | Human Rights in Latin America OC/HC

A particular emphasis will be given to the case of Costa Rica, giving students an opportunity to explore the development of human rights in the following areas: women’s rights, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, the CAFTA agreement and labor rights, indigenous groups and human rights, disability and age issues, and the prison environment. 

Politics 310/POL 3100 (3)  | Costa Rican Tradition: Peace and Democracy  OC/HC

The general objective of this course is to discuss with students the social, economic and political issues of the process of construction of peace and democracy in Costa Rica and Central America (1948-2005). 

Politics 322/POL 3220 (3)  | Migration, Globalization and Social Change OC/HC

This class studies the construction of migrants as others, the management of their image by media and elements pertaining to human rights and citizenship in the cases of immigrants in Costa Rica and draws comparison with the United States as a host country. The objective is to visualize the construction of cultural identities, its effects on intergroup encounters and societal perspectives on migration issues.

Politics 342/POL 3420 (4)  | Costa Rican Environmental Policy: A History of Policy, Politics and Action OC/HC

We will study environmental history and policy at a regional and national level and will explore the emergence of Costa Rica’s cutting-edge environmental politics and government commitments. We will critically review Costa Rica’s sustainable development model and explore the “state of the nation and region” in regard to environmental indicators as well as taking a close look at how government policy translates into practice by reviewing case studies of community and grassroots action in forestry, organic farming, recycling, cooperatives and women’s environmental groups. Lastly, we will address some of the central issues and challenges facing these activities and the resulting environmental conflicts. 

Politics 345/POL 3450 (3)  | International Relations in Latin America OC

Analysis of the aspects of the economic integration, globalization and conditions for a successful integration between economies and the effects of free trade in the region as well as the effects of protectionism. There will be a special treatment of foreign investments and joint ventures in Latin America. 

Psychology 220/PSY 2200 (3)  | Health Psychology OC/HC

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Today, health care professionals must have a bio-psycho-social approach to patient health. It is extremely important that they have a general understanding of health psychology, which studies how biology, behavior and social context influence health and illness. This provides a truly integrated approach to treating patients. In this course, we will discuss some of the most common topics related to health psychology.

Psychology 305/PSY 3050 (3) | Cultural Psychology OC/HC

Introduces students to the field of psychology that examines the influence of culture upon human behavior and cognitive processes. “Culture” is defined as the shared norms, values, and behaviors of groups and of the individuals in those groups. We will focus on such topics as cultural factors in self-concept, gender roles, motivation, cognition, emotions, relationships, and social values. Our exploration will be based on psychological theories, research, guest lecturers, and field experiences.

Society 305/SOCY 3050 (3) | Diversity and Sexual Identity in Latin America OC/HC

Studies the LGBTQ+ community and related social issues in the Latin American context. Special attention will be given to the Costa Rican case study where sexuality, identity, expression, health, community, family, and other social, political and lifestyle issues will be discussed. This course offers students one of the only opportunities to study LGBTQ+ Latin American dynamics and issues. This is a young, but growing field of study in Latin America and one that deserves much attention, especially as the region is home to some of the most homophobic countries in the world and at the same time undergoing radical change in terms of its acceptance of the complete spectrum of sexuality and identity expression. Students will be invited to explore LGBTQ+ Latin American community issues, to appreciate how particular countries are advancing in relation to equality and to assess present day contexts that are struggling with recently developed anti-discriminatory frameworks.

Sustainable Development 300/ SUSD 3000 (3) | Sustainable Lifestyles OC/HC

Course description coming soon. 

Sustainable Development 310/SUSD 3100 (4) | Gender and Sustainable Development OC/HC

Studies the intersection between gender, socio-economic discrimination and sustainable development and discusses women and natural resources, women and forests, women’s role in conservation, women and land use/agriculture, rural women, women and the built environment, women and environmental policy, women in relation to poverty, disaster risk and mitigation, adaptation for climate change, female civil society and political actors pushing for change, women in the environment, and sustainable innovations. We will work with local women in the community and gain hands-on practical experience during farm and forest project work. Students will conduct surveys, develop research projects and participate in two field trips to help them better understand the dynamics and complexities of gender and sustainable development.

Theology 315/THEO 3150 (3) | Major World Religions OC/HC

In this course we will learn about the major world religions: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and others. We will explore questions such as: What are the core beliefs? Is there an afterlife? What is expected of a follower? Each religion represents a population of God’s sons and daughters and understanding their worldview will help us to better know how to respect and love them. 

Courses Taught in Spanish

Students must test into High Intermediate or Advanced Level Spanish to be eligible to take these courses.

Spanish 103/SPN 1002 | Comunicación Oral Básica/Basic Oral Communication OC

This course is designed for students of Spanish as a second language who have a basic understanding of the various linguistic aspects of the language. Throughout the course you will develop your oral communicative competence therefore enabling you to communicate effectively and efficiently in daily situations.

Literature 300/SPN 3000 (3) | Introducción al Análisis Literario/Introduction to Literary Analysis OC

Introduces students to the study of literature in Spanish and presents the basic tools to create a commentary or literary analysis. Students will acquire the terminology and critical methods that will enable them to explain texts in an informative way. 

Literature 302/SPN 3020 (3)  | Lecturas Selectas de la Literatura Latinoamericana/Latin American Literature OC

This survey course provides a panorama of outstanding classical and contemporary works, authors, genres or major literary currents in Latin America.

Literature 305/SPN 3050 (3)  | Fonética y Fonología/Select Readings: Phonetics and Phonology OC

This course provides methods and tools of descriptive linguistics applied to phonetics and articulation.

Literature 307/SPN 3070 (3)  | Introducción a la Traducción/Introduction to Translation OC

An introduction to the theoretical and practical tools for the translation process from English to Spanish. Students learn how to translate texts of intermediate and advanced complexity maintaining high fidelity to the author’s intention and style.

Literature 352/SPN 3520 (3)  | Dialectos Latinoamericanos/Latin American Dialectology OC

This course explores a social-historical perspective of the language to understand the current linguistic mechanisms within the different social contexts where it is spoken. The approach of this course is to analyze the variety of dialects in the Latin American countries through phonological and morphological traits of cultural elements. Put into practice dialectical strategies to promote authentic communicative elements that enrich the Spanish language.

Literature 411/SPN 4110 (3) | Escritores Contemporáneos Costarricenses/Contemporary Costa Rican Female Writers OC

This course focuses primarily on the work of female authors in Costa Rican literature. Themes of different texts and their relationship with national identity are analyzed.

Literature 433/SPN 4330 (3) | Tópicos Selectos en la Literatura Española/Selected Topics of Spanish Literature OC

Overview of Spanish literature, from its beginning until the first half of contemporary literature. The course provides a general view of each period, main characteristics, and texts of the most representative authors.

Literature 439/SPN 4390 (3) | Literatura Latinoamericana en el cine /Latin American Cinema and Literature OC

This course is a study of some of the film productions based on the literary texts of well-known Latin American writers. The course is based on the analysis and discussion of the principal characteristics of the culture, values and themes of the Latin America presented in this particular literature and cinematography.

Universidad Veritas Courses (taught in Spanish with Costa Rican Students)

Students on the extended semester program can take a combination of elective courses listed in this catalog and (depending on their level of Spanish) regular Universidad Veritas courses taught in Spanish alongside Costa Rican students for a fully-immersive experience. You must have a minimum of 2 years college-level Spanish and test into the high Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish in order to take regular university courses.

Many courses are offered every semester by the following University departments:

  • Architecture
  • Digital Animation
  • Film and T.V.
  • Advertising Design
  • Interior Design
  • Product Design
  • Photography
  • Fashion Design

Fields of Study and Courses for the Certificate of Knowledge Program

See above for course descriptions:

Artistic Development

  • History of Latin American Art and Architecture
  • Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice
  • Basic Principles of Drawing
  • Mural Painting and Public Art
  • Tropical Architecture and Design

Environmental Policy and Sustainability Awareness

  • Environment Awareness and Sustainable Development
  • Costa Rican Environmental Policy
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Conservation Biology and Endangered Marine Species
  • Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
  • Climate Change, Impacts and Adaptations
  • Environmental Impact and Social Development

Global Leadership

  • Creative Leadership Skills
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to International Business
  • Introduction to International Economics and Latin America
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Healthcare Approaches and Systems

  • Costa Rican Health Care and Tropical Medicine
  • Alternative Health Approaches
  • Health Psychology
  • Conflict Resolution and Healthcare
  • Physical Therapy and Rehab Exercises for Common Sport Injuries

Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

  • Costa Rican Tradition of Peace and Democracy
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • Creative Conflict Resolution
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Intercultural Communication

International Marketing and Communications

  • International Marketing Management
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Leadership Skills

Latin American Politics

  • International Relations in Latin America
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • Migration Issues: the Costa Rica Case
  • Costa Rican Environmental Policy
  • Costa Rican Economic Development
  • Contemporary Latin American History

Tropical and Environmental Sciences

  • Tropical Ecology
  • Tropical Marine Biology
  • Land Vertebrates of Costa Rica
  • Conservation Biology of Endangered Marine Species
  • Freshwater Ecology

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