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Study Abroad in Granada: Courses

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Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the University of Granada. For the most current course listings please contact your Admissions Officer.

Language levels are defined according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

AIFS recommends that students gain pre-approval for several levels of Spanish to ensure that credit is accepted for the course that students test into following the placement test.

Optional Early Start Program: Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Preparation

The Early Start Option is 3 weeks in length with 60 contact hours for 4 credits.

Please note that in Spring 2021 the Optional Early Start Program is offered online only. The semester program begins online on Monday, February 1 and continues in Granada on Saturday, February 27.

Intensive Spanish Language Courses

Spanish 101 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language–Beginner A1

This level is for students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in everyday situations and those related to their personal experiences. Students will be able to exchange simple and direct information. Included topics are: present tense indicative of regular and irregular verbs, demonstrative and possessive adjectives, pronunciation and intonation, uses of “ser”, “estar” and “hay”, frequent reflexive verbs and definite and indefinite articles.

Spanish 102 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language–Elementary A2

Students who have studied Spanish only in high school or one or two semester(s) in college generally place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves in everyday situations and those related to their personal experiences, with basic language recourses. Students will be able to exchange simple and direct information. Included topics are: forms and uses of the gerund; forms and uses of “gustar”, “encantar”, “interesar”, the differences between “ser” and “estar”, the preterit perfect tense; positive imperative and expression of cause and excuse.

Spanish 103 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language–Pre-Intermediate A2+

A bridge level between the Elementary and Intermediate levels, this course concentrates on increasing students’ oral and written skills. Students who have studied one or two semester(s) in college generally place in this level. Students will be able to ask for and give personal information, compare, express opinions, security and insecurity and judgments. Grammar topics include: demonstrative and possessive pronouns, direct and indirect object pronouns, the preterit, the imperative and the imperfect tenses.

Spanish 201 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language–Intermediate B1.1

Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with one or two semester(s) in college, usually place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves in general situations that require the exchange of information and show personal attitudes about many themes, not exclusively related to personal experience. Content includes: contrasting uses of the indefinite and the indicative perfect, morphology and uses of the indicative imperfect, “hace”, impersonal “se”, “parecerse”, and possessive adjectives and pronouns, making hypothesis.

Spanish 202 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language–Upper-Intermediate B1.2

Students who have studied Spanish throughout high school and continued with two or three semesters in college, usually place in this level. The course is similar to Spanish 102, however focus is on communication skills and grammar plus the future and conditional tenses are covered. Content also includes: morphology and uses of the present subjunctive, giving advice, morphology and uses of the imperfect subjunctive.

Spanish 301 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language–Advanced B2.1

Students with at least five semesters of college Spanish, experience living in a Spanish-speaking country or Spanish study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place in this level. During this course, students will be able to understand and express themselves in multiple and unfamiliar situations that require exchanging information with complex linguistic structures. Content includes: uses of the imperfect, preterit, conditional, imperative, and subjunctive, correlation of the tenses in specific situations–arguments, debates, degrees of possibility, causes, consequence, etc., direct and indirect object pronouns, and the impersonal “se”.

Spanish 302 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language–Upper-Advanced B2.2

Students with at least five semesters of college Spanish, experience living in a Spanish-speaking country or Spanish study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place in this level. The course is similar to Spanish 301 but with greater emphasis on the subjective. Specific content includes: use of the subjunctive in forming opinions, values and attitudes, marginal uses of the imperfect: dreams, fiction, virtuosity, use of the compound conditional in the formulation of hypothesis and phonetic characteristics of Spanish.

Spanish 401 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language–Superior C1.1

Students with at least six semesters of college Spanish usually place in this level. Students will be able to understand and express themselves correctly and with fluidity in situations familiar to them and communicate adequately in unfamiliar situations through linguistically complex structures. Cultural content includes themes such as “20th Century Spanish History”, “The Cultural Legacy: Christians, Jews and Moors”, and “Gastronomy: The Mediterranean Diet”.

Spanish 402 (4) | Intensive Spanish Language–Proficiency C2

Bilingual students generally place into this level. The course is similar to Spanish 401 but with greater emphasis on prepositional patterns of verbs, problematic prepositions, proverbs and sayings, lexical adaptations on different sociolinguistic levels, and varied conversational recourses. Cultural content includes themes such as: “The Family Structure”, “Principle Political, Cultural and Ideological Tendencies in Today’s Spain”, “Bullfighting” and “Flamenco”.

Semester Courses

Spanish Language and Culture Program (taught in English)

For Beginner or Intermediate level Spanish students. Choose 2 or 3 electives taught in English in addition to the required courses which will be taught in Spanish at your level.

Spanish 104/106/108/204 (3) (required course)  | Spanish Grammar 

A general review of Spanish grammar. Differences between ser and estar, tenses in the indicative mood, constructions with si, que and como, prepositions and pronouns. Uses of the subjunctive. Meets 3 hours per week. 

Spanish 105/107/109/206 (3) (required course)  | Speaking and Writing Skills 

Intensive practice in speaking and writing Spanish. Emphasis is on pronunciation and vocabulary through discussion of contemporary topics. Regular composition exercises improve written skills. Meets 3 hours per week. 

Art 305E (3) (Spring only) | History of Art in Spain 

Spanish art from its origins to the present: pre-historic art, Spanish-Roman, Visigoth, Islamic, Romanesque, Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Neoclassicism, Romantic art and Impressionist painting, sculpture and architecture. 

Art 306E (3) (Spring only) | Feminism Through Cinema in the Mediterranean Basin

There are many filmmakers who wanted to reflect in their work the situation of women in their country, in this course we will analyse the role of women in these cultures through the eyes of Berber, Tunisian, Lebanese, Spanish, French and Italian feminists filmmakers and their work that in many cases contains large doses of humour. The objective in this case will be for the student to discover elements and factors that affect women within these cultures through cinema. We will also compare the different scenarios of the Mediterranean and we will echo the different festivals that host this cinema.

Economics 313E (3) (Spring only) | The Spanish and Latin American Economies 

For students who wish to learn the general language of economics along with the study of Spanish economics and that of the main Latin American countries. Also, the differences in culture and protocol for doing business with the Spanish and with Latin Americans will be studied. 

Geography 309E (3) (Spring only)  | Social and Demographic Changes in Spain 

Spain’s climate and vegetation, development of towns and population distribution, agriculture and industry, internal communications, foreign trade, tourism and the evolution of the Spanish economy. 

Geography 310E (3) (Spring only)  | Sustainability in the Mediterranean 

Approaching local self-sustainable development. Designed to provide students with a comprehensive approach to a local self-sustainable practice, models and cultures in the Mediterranean region. Students will also identify and compare the community practices and local governances in the Mediterranean region contrasting the city and rural landscape configuration in the Mediterranean region, Granada and its surroundings. 

Health Sciences 301E (3) (Spring only) | Health Sciences and Public Health in Spain 

Offers a generic view of the most important aspects of the Spanish health system and its comparison with other European systems and also identifies which factors determine the level of health of a population. The relative importance of these factors will be analyzed based on the characteristics of a country, as well as the interventions that are made for prevention and control by the public health system. 

History 308E (3) (Spring only) | History of Spain 

Spain’s history from the first settlers to the present: Mediterranean colonists, Roman colonization, Islamic invasion, Reconquista, Catholic kings, Emperor Carlos V, the 18th century and the War of Independence and Restoration. Political, social and economic problems from 1900-36, the Civil War, Franco Regime and post-Franco period. 

Literature 303E (3)  | Spanish Literature 

Movements and periods studied include: Medieval romances, the “Siglo de Oro”, Romanticism, 20th century. Genres such as drama, poetry and novels are studied. Authors and works such as La Celestina, Lazarillo de Tormes, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quijote, Lope de Vega, and F. Garcia Lorca are studied. 

Marketing 301E (3) (Spring only)  | International Marketing 

Enables students to understand/acknowledge the concept of international marketing and its function within the global markets; the socio-economic, political, legal, cultural, technological and competitive dimensions of the current international scenario. The different approaches to the process of internationalization, as well as the main drivers and obstacles to internationalization are studied. 

Math 301E (3) (Spring only)  | Mathematics and Reality

It is intended to provide the student with a theoretical-practical knowledge of some aspects of mathematics whose presence in pre-university teachings is often sparse, zero, or purely formal, but which contribute to improving not only the culture mathematics in general but also the ability to understand and solve a wide variety of real problems and their conditioning factors. Most classes will have an exhibition part, a space for discussion and discussion, and a stimulating proposal for ingenuity problems.

Politics/Sociology 310E (3) (Spring only)  | The Political Systems of Spain and the European Union 

Topics include: the classification of different political regimes, the democratic political systems, and forms of government and the political systems of Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. The political system of Spain is studied including: contemporary history of Spanish politics, the Constitution of 1978, the transition to democracy, three branches of government, territorial organization of the Spanish state, electoral system and the political parties in Spain. 

Politics/Sociology 312E (3) (Spring only)  | The Arab World and the West: Past and Future 

This course covers the basic cultural and political interaction between the Arab world and the West during their common history. From the emergence of Islam to the Iraq war through the crusades, the Ottoman Empire and the western colonization, the focus is on the main challenges for relations between the Arab world and the West. 

Politics 313E (3) (Spring only)  | Environmental Politics of the European Union 

Provides a comprehensive introduction into the making, development and implementation of the European Union environmental policies. 

Religion/Sociology 304E (3) (Spring only)  | Islamic Culture in Spain 

Islamic influence on Spain’s history, tradition, life, language and culture. The concept of Islam, the message of the Koran, Andalucía under Islamic rule, North African dynasties in Andalucía, the Nazari dynasty of Granada, cultural, literary and artistic aspects of Islam, Islamic architecture and symbols exemplified by the Alhambra. 

Science/Tech 301E (3) (Spring only) | Civil Engineering and Territory

Knowledge of the role of civil engineering infrastructures in the transformation and development of territories. Theoretical-practical knowledge is sought by approximate to the history of civil engineering works, as well as through the analysis of the location of public works in the territory and their territorial impact. The impact of civil engineering infrastructures on different territorial and urban models will be assessed. It will show the need for landscape integration of infrastructures in its environment, as well as infrastructure and urban services as building elements of the city and its public spaces. In metropolitan areas, the role of transport and mobility infrastructures and current technological applications will be explored, giving rise to "Smart Cities".

Sociology 306E (3)  | Spanish Civilization and Culture 

Spanish civilization and contemporary society through themes such as the relationships between professional, labor and cultural sectors, the aging of the population, gypsies, bullfighting, holidays, gastronomy and flamenco. Audio-visuals, newspapers, magazines and texts are used. 

Sociology 307E (3) (Spring only)  | Latin American Civilization and Culture 

Basic elements of Latin American culture are addressed to provide an understanding of its complexity. The American geographic environment, racial distribution and historical evolution, demographics and problems of growth, family structure and daily life, social groups and their behavior, political tendencies, current ideologies, dependence, underdevelopment, external debt, art and folklore. 

Foreign Languages 100/200/300/400 (3) (Spring only) | Language and Culture

French Language and Culture at 100 Beginner, 200 Pre-Intermediate, 300 Intermediate and 400 Advanced levels.

Italian Language and Culture at 100 Beginner, 200 Pre-Intermediate, 300 Intermediate and 400 Advanced levels.

German, Arabic, Modern Greek, Portuguese and Russian each at 100 Beginner, 200 Pre-Intermediate, 300 Intermediate and 400 Advanced Levels.

Spanish Language and Culture Program (taught in Spanish)

For students with a high Intermediate or above level of Spanish. Choose 2 or 3 electives in addition to the required courses. Students may choose elective courses taught in Spanish from the list below or in English from those listed in the Spanish Language and Culture (English) program. We strongly encourage students at this level to take all of their electives in Spanish.

Spanish 205/304 (3) (required course)  | Nociones de Gramática Española/Spanish Grammar 

A complete study of Spanish grammar for students at an Intermediate level. Tenses, constructions and usages. Regular and irregular verbs, imperatives, the indicative versus the subjunctive and active and passive constructions. 

Spanish 207/306 (3) (required course)  | Producción Oral y Escrita/Speaking and Writing Skills 

Students must have at least two years of college Spanish to take this course. Discussion of topics of contemporary interest. Emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation and composition. 

Spanish 312 (3) (Spring only)  | Lengua de Señas Española/Spanish Sign Language

This subject introduces the student the knowledge of the Spanish Sign Language at its basic levels learning the fingerprint alphabet, practice with spelling first of words to later transfer to short-paragraph spelling. Use a basic lexical repertoire relating to personal data and specific situations, correctly articulating the signs and identifying their components. Produce a few simple and prepared utterances, isolated or linked with very basic, grammatically correct connectors. Recognize and understand simple and brief vocabulary and phrases sign clearly and slowly aspects of everyday life.  

Spanish 315 (3)  | La Diversidad del Español en el Mundo/The Diversity of Spanish in the World 

Designed for students who already have a sufficient fluency in Spanish and who wish to become more expressive in the everyday language. Special attention is paid to vocabulary, the semantic differences of words in Spain and Latin America, gestures, phrases, slang and sign language. Themes are practiced through oral discussion, written essays and audio tapes. 

Spanish 317 (3) (Spring only)  | Introducción al Español de los Negocios/Introduction to Business Spanish 

For Intermediate students, this course offers a realistic and lively approach to situations encountered in careers, especially if interested in improving knowledge of the Spanish and/or Latin American business world from a cross-cultural perspective. Oral and written communication skills are developed with materials used in business. 

Arabic 301 (3) (Spring only)  | Introducción a la Lengua Árabe/Introduction to the Arabic Language 

This course of Introduction to the Arabic Language aims to offer students an overview of this language in two aspects, the historical-linguistic in which students can learn the origin, evolution, evolution, geographical diversity, features of classical Arabic and modern Arabic and on the other hand, linguistic-instrumental aspects such as the alphabet, calligraphy and an approach to the language that allows them to communicate in basic situations of daily life.

Art 305 (3) (Spring only)  | Historia del Arte en España/History of Art in Spain 

Spanish art from its origins to the present: pre-historic art, Spanish-Roman, Visigoth, Islamic, Romanesque, Mudejar, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Neoclassicism, Romantic art and Impressionist painting, sculpture and architecture. 

Economics 313 (3) (Spring only)  | Economia Española y Latinoamericana/The Spanish and Latin American Economies 

Provides a comprehensive introduction into the making, development and implementation of the European Union environmental policies. 

Geography 309 (3) (Spring only)  | Cambios Sociales y Demográficos en la Geografía Española/Social and Demographic Changes in Spain 

Spain’s climate and vegetation, development of towns and population distribution, agriculture and industry, internal communications, foreign trade, tourism and the evolution of the Spanish economy. 

History 308 (3)  | Historia de España/History of Spain 

Spain’s history from the first settlers to the present: Mediterranean colonists, Roman colonization, Islamic invasion, Reconquista, Catholic kings, Emperor Carlos V, the 18th century and the War of Independence and Restoration. Political, social and economic problems from 1900-36, the Civil War, Franco Regime and post-Franco period. 

Literature 301 (3) (Spring only)  | Literatura Española hasta Siglo XVIII/Spanish Literature up to the 18th-Century 

Major movements and principal authors of Spanish and Hispano-American literature. Drama, prose, poetry and novel genres. Authors include Cervantes and Zorrilla. Works include Lazarillo de Tormes, La Celestina and Don Quijote. 

Literature 302 (3)  | Literatura Española del Siglo XIX a la Actualidad/Spanish Literature – From the 19th Century to current times 

Spanish authors and literary movements in the 19th and 20th centuries such as Bécquer, Valle Inclán, Federico García Lorca, Gabriel García Márquez and Romanticism. 

Marketing 301 (3) (Spring only)  | Marketing Internacional/International Marketing 

See course description in previous section. 

Music 301 (3) (Spring only)  | Canción Tradicional y Sociedad Española: Flamenco, Folclor y Canción Sefardí/ Traditional Song and Spanish Society: Flamenco, Folklore and Sephardic Song 

Through the study of ancient songs, this course explores their importance in Spanish society. Special attention is paid to the poetic language of the lyrics and the understanding of song as a cultural vehicle. Musical genres include cante jondo, flamenco, los romances, and sephardic song. 

Politics/Sociology 310 (3) (Spring only)  | El Sistema Político de España y la Unión Europea/ The Political Systems of Spain and the European Union 

See course description in previous section. 

Politics/Sociology 311 (3) (Spring only) | La España Actual en los Medios de Comunicación/Current Spain in the Media 

This subject attempts to offer a general picture of the political, social and cultural aspects of Spanish reality today. It gives an overview of the national press, radio stations, television channels, Internet and film topics over the last few years. 

Religion/Sociology 304 (3)  | Cultura Islámica en España/Islamic Culture in Spain 

See course description in previous section. 

Russian 301 (3) (Spring only) | Introducción a la Lengua Rusa/Introduction to the Russian Language  

This course of Introduction to the Russian Language aims to offer students an overview of this language in two aspects, the historical-linguistic in which students will be able to learn the origin, evolution, evolution, geographical diversity, features of this language and on the other hand, linguistic-instrumental aspects such as the alphabet, calligraphy and an approach to the language that allows them to communicate in basic situations of daily life. 

Sociology 306 (3)  | Civilización y Cultura Españolas/Spanish Civilization and Culture 

See course description in previous section. 

Sociology 307 (3)  | Civilización y Cultura Hispanoamericanas/Latin American Civilization and Culture 

See course description in previous section. 

Foreign Languages 100/200/300/400 (3) (Spring only) | Language and Culture

French Language and Culture at 100 beginner, 200 pre-intermediate, 300 intermediate and 400 advanced levels.

Italian Language and Culture at 100 beginner, 200 pre-intermediate, 300 intermediate and 400 advanced levels.

German, Arabic, Modern Greek, Portuguese And Russian
Each At 100 Beginner, 200 Pre-Intermediate, 300 Intermediate And 400 Advanced Levels

Advanced Level Hispanic Studies

For students with a high advanced or above level of Spanish. Choose up to 4 electives in addition to one required course.

Spanish 305/404/405 (3) required course  | Gramatica del Espanol/Spanish Grammar 

Students are required to have at least three years of college Spanish.  Specific content includes: use of the subjunctive in forming opinions, values and attitudes, marginal uses of the imperfect: dreams, fiction, virtuosity, use of the compound conditional in the formulation of hypothesis and phonetic characteristics of Spanish. Students are required to have at least three years of college Spanish.

Spanish 307/406/407 (3) required course  | Producción Oral e Interración en Espanol/Oral Production and Interaction Skills in Spanish 

Students must have at least three years’ previous study of Spanish at college level. This course is designed for those students who already have a sufficient fluency in Spanish able to communicate with native speakers fluently and naturally so that communication is done smoothly among interlocutors. This course attempts to increase student’s knowledge of the language improving their oral production by means of the study of complex texts in Spanish being about concrete or abstract topics, using formal augmentative techniques and speech and interview strategies, making use of colloquial versus formal expressions.

Spanish 308/408/409 (3) required course (Spring only) | Producción de Textos Escritos en Español/Writing Texts in Spanish 

Students must have at least two years of college Spanish.  Intensive practice in writing Spanish by means of the production of clear and detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and the explanation a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. Formal argumentation, types of correspondence (formal vs. informal letters), narrative, descriptive, critique texts and academic writing will be used in regular composition exercises.

Spanish 412 (3) (Spring only)  | Lengua de Señas Española/Spanish Sign Language

This subject introduces the student the knowledge of the Spanish Sign Language at its basic levels learning the fingerprint alphabet, practice with spelling first of words to later transfer to short-paragraph spelling. Use a basic lexical repertoire relating to personal data and specific situations, correctly articulating the signs and identifying their components. Produce a few simple and prepared utterances, isolated or linked with very basic, grammatically correct connectors. Recognize and understand simple and brief vocabulary and phrases sign clearly and slowly aspects of everyday life.

Spanish 415 (3) (Spring only)  | La Diversidad del Español en el Mundo/The Diversity of Spanish in the World 

Designed for students who already have a sufficient fluency in Spanish and who wish to become more expressive in the everyday language. Special attention is paid to vocabulary, the semantic differences of words in Spain and Latin America, gestures, phrases, slang and sign language. Themes are practiced through oral discussion, written essays and audio tapes. 

Spanish 417 (3) (Spring only)  | Español de Negocios/Business Spanish 

For advanced students, a realistic and lively approach to situations encountered in careers; especially if interested in improving knowledge of the Spanish and/or Latin American business world from a cross-cultural perspective. Oral and written communication skills are developed with materials used in business. 

Spanish 418 (3) (Spring only)  | Traducción Inglés/Español/Translation from English to Spanish I 

Translating English to Spanish, increasing vocabulary and syntactical skills. Documents, poems, recipes and articles are translated. Students are evaluated weekly on individual translations out of class and during class on small group translation. 

Spanish 419 (3) (Spring only)  | Traducción Inglés/Español II/Translation from English to Spanish II 

Students will continue to refine skills acquired in Translation I by studying strategies for translation, instruments, resources and documentation. Students will complete written and oral translation exercises. Prerequisite: Translation I. 

Spanish 420 (3) (Spring only)  | Lingüística Española/Spanish Linguistics 

This course will familiarize students with the fundamental themes of linguistics as the science of language. Students discuss the linguistic diversity of our planet, how languages live, how they are constructed, how and why they change, how they are related, but also how and why they disappear. 

Arabic 401 (3) (Spring only)  | Introducción a la Lengua Árabe/Introduction to the Arabic Language

This course of Introduction to the Arabic Language aims to offer students an overview of this language in two aspects, the historical-linguistic in which students can learn the origin, evolution, evolution, geographical diversity, features of classical Arabic and modern Arabic and on the other hand, linguistic-instrumental aspects such as the alphabet, calligraphy and an approach to the language that allows them to communicate in basic situations of daily life.

Art 405 (3) (Spring only)  | Arte Español: Renacimiento y Barroco/Spanish Art: Renaissance and Baroque 

This course focuses on two important periods of Spanish art, the Renaissance and the Baroque, by studying the main artists and works such as El Escorial, El Greco, Berruguete, Martínez Montañés, Ribera and Zurbarán. 

Art 407 (3) (Spring only)  | Arte Español Contemporáneo/Contemporary Spanish Art 

This course relates the principal artists and works to the social, cultural and political changes in Spain during the contemporary age. Artists such as Goya, Gaudí, Picasso and Dalí are studied. 

Art 411 (3) (Spring only) | Historia del cine Español/The History of Spanish Cinema 

The history and culture of Spain through the history of Spanish cinema. Origins of Spanish film (1896- 1930), Luis Buñuel, “talkies” films in the Republic, cinema as an ideological tool under Franco and Spanish cinema after the return of democracy. 

Art 412 (3) (Spring only) | España e Hispanoamérica a través del Cine Contemporáneo/Spain and Latin America through Contemporary Cinema 

Covers Spanish history from the Post-war period (1950s), an overview of the 20th-century and the first decade of the 21st century. It will also cover Latin American history from the Populist movements of the 1950s to the migratory movements of the late 20th century, and include a reflection on the first decade of the 21st century. 

Art 413 (3) (Spring only)  | Visión Ideológica en el Cine Europeo Contemporáneo/A Social and Ideological Perspective of Contemporary European Films 

This course approaches European society through contemporary European films. It attempts to provide a perspective on the social, economic and ideological change, taking the main directors and films dealing with these themes as a reference. 

Economics/Business 413 (3) (Spring only)  | Economía y Negocios en España y América Latina/Economics and Business in Spain and Latin America 

The general language of economics, the study of the Spanish economy and the economies of the main Latin American countries through a variety of activities. The differences in culture and protocol for doing business with Spain and Latin America. The industries in Spain: farming, fishing, manufacturing and tourism, Spanish investments overseas, and the economies of Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama and Cuba. 

Education 402 (3) (Spring only) | Lingüística Aplicada a la Enseñanza del Español/Applied Linguistics in Teaching Spanish 

Integrates the knowledge and skills needed to be a teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language with practice and improvement of student’s own language skills. Focus on the theoretical and practical content to be presented and practiced in Spanish, with the consequent development of Spanish specific to the field of linguistics applied to the teaching of the Spanish language as well as grammar points, linguistic functions, sociocultural content, etc. 

Health Sciences 401 (3) (Spring only) | Ciencias de la Salud y Salud Pública en España/Health Sciences and Public Health in Spain 

See HS 301 course description in Spanish Language and Culture Program (Taught in English) Section. 

Health Sciences 402 (3) (Spring only) | Ecología y Medioambiente en España/Ecology and the Environment in Spain 

Outlines the causes of the current situation as well as future perspectives and possible forms of intervention. Case studies are used to enable the student to understand the potential, risks, opportunities and impact of the Spanish environmental framework. 

History 401 (3)  | Historia de la España del XVIII a la Guerra Civil y Franco/Spanish History from the 1700s to the Civil War and Franco 

This course focuses on the most important political, economic, social and cultural developments that took place over more than two centuries. This period is of utmost importance in understanding Spain today.

History 402 (3)  (Spring only) | La Transición: De la Dictadura de Franco a la Democracia de la España Actual/ The Transition: From Franco’s Dictatorship to the Democracy of Today’s Spain 

Political, social and economic development of Spain from the Franco regime (its ideology and sociopolitical evolution) to the present. The Catholic church’s relationship with the state, the time of transition, the constitution, economic development and internal and international problems of the present government. 

History 403 (3) (Spring only) | Historia Contemporánea de América/Contemporary History of America 

The social structure, demography and administrative organization of the American indigenous tribes as well as the Spanish republic and its commercial monopoly, productive sectors and education, art and culture. The defense of the Spanish American empire and 18th century reforms and economic evolution. 

Literature 403 (3) (Spring only)  | Literatura Española: del Renacimiento al Siglo de Oro de Cervantes/Spanish Literature: From the Renaissance to the Spanish Golden Age of Cervantes 

Characteristics, historical and political tones of the time. Drama, prose, poetry and novel genres, portraying literature’s “Golden Age” of La Celestina, Lazarillo, San Juan de la Cruz, Cervantes’ “Don Quijote”, Lope de Vega’s “Fuente Ovejuna”, Alarcón’s “Sombrero de tres picos”, Manuel de Góngora, Quevedo and Calderón de la Barca’s “La vida es sueño”. 

Literature 405 (3) (Spring only)  | Literatura Española: Ilustración, Romanticismo y Realismo/Spanish Literature: Enlightenment, Romanticism and Realism 

Spanish literature in the 18th and 19th centuries and comparative movements in other countries. Drama, prose, poetry and the novel. 

Literature 406 (3) (Spring only)  | Micro-Narrativa y Estética Moderna/Micro-Narrative and Modern Aesthetics 

The course aims to be an approach to the micro-relation, a narrative genre paradigm of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from its origins to contemporary productions. Throughout the course, the different Spanish and Latin American traditions will be investigated, investigating the formal and stylistic characteristics of the micro-relation through the analysis of the most representative texts of the genre. In this course the fundamental core of the work is the texts. For this reason, the class is structured on the basis of theoretical information about the author and the time to move to class work of the texts. 

Literature 407 (3)  | Literatura Española Contemporánea/Contemporary Spanish Literature 

Comparison of three periods of Spanish literature and similar tendencies in other countries: (i) the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, (ii) avant garde to the Spanish Civil War and (iii) post-war to the present. 

Literature 408 (3)  | Literatura Hispanoamericana/Latin American Literature 

Literary currents of Hispano-American countries throughout five centuries of American literature in Spanish. Azuelo’s “Los de abajo”, Rivera’s “La Voragine”, Jorge Luis Borges’ “Ficciones”, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes. 

Literature 410 (3) (Spring only) | La Imagen de la Mujer en la Literatura Española s. XVIII-s.XXI/The Image of Women in Spanish Literature: 18th to 21st Century 

The study of Spanish literature during the 18th to 21st centuries through the images of women produced in texts, from both male and female writers. Authors studied include: Pérez Galdós, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Unamuno, Pío Baroja, María Teresa León, Ana Maria Matutes. 

Literature 412 (3) (Spring only) | Cambios Ideológicos y Sociales a través del Teatro Español/Social and Ideological Change through the Lens of Spanish Theater 

Students study the history of Spanish theater with special emphasis on the 20th-century including authors such as Benavente, Valle-Inclán, García Lorca and Buero Vallejo. 

Marketing 401 (3) (Spring only)  | Comunicación de Marketing/Marketing Communication 

Attempts to provide students with a complete and integrated vision of the different forms of business communication presently available. 

Math 401 (3) (Spring only) | Matemáticas y Realidad/Mathematics and Reality 

It is intended to provide the student with a theoretical-practical knowledge of some aspects of mathematics whose presence in pre-university teachings is often sparse, zero, or purely formal, but which contribute to improving not only the culture mathematics in general but also the ability to understand and solve a wide variety of real problems and their conditioning factors. Most classes will have an exhibition part, a space for discussion and discussion, and a stimulating proposal for ingenuity problems.

Music 401 (3) (Spring only)  | La Música Española como Fenómeno Artístico y Social: Tradición y Vanguardia/Spanish Music as an Artistic and Social Phenomenon: Tradition and Vanguard 

Outstanding Spanish music from Arabic-Andalusian music to the 13th-century, Renacimiento schools, 17th-century court music, the Zarzuela, 19th-century nationalism and modern day trends. Music and illustrations are used. 

Music/Sociology 403 (3) (Spring only) | Historia del Flamenco/History of Flamenco 

Covers the origins and history of Flamenco as well as the forms, development and content of the music through song and lyrics, dance and guitar. 

Music/Sociology 404 (3) (Spring only) | El Arte Flamenco en la Sociedad y la Cultura/The Art of Flamenco in Society and Culture 

Through the study of Flamenco songs, articles, books, film and documentaries, this course explores the poetic language of the lyrics, the artistic nature of this musical expression and the relationship between Flamenco and Spanish society and culture as well as its origin and destiny. 

Politics 405 (3) (Spring only) | Temas de Actualidad Sociopolítica en España/Current Socio-Political Topics in Spain 

Studies the form of government in Spain, the democratic institutions, the model of territorial organization by the State, the political party system, electoral evolution in Spain and the political culture of the Spanish people. 

Politics 407 (3) (Spring only)  | Sistema Político de la Unión Europea/The Political System of the European Union 

Conceptualization and theories of regional economic and political integration, antecedents and historical evolution of political integration in Europe. European Union participants, the creation and development of E.U. institutional supranationalism and basic principles of supranational constitutionalism. Political aspects of decision making and current dilemmas in the process of European integration. 

Religion/Sociology 403 (3) (Spring only)  | Diversidad Religiosa y Cultural en la España Medieval/Religious Diversity and Culture in Medieval Spain 

During the Middle Ages, the Iberian Peninsula was inhabited by the three monotheistic religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. This course aims to contribute to the acquisition of a better knowledge and understanding of the past and of Spanish culture, particularly through the study of the social relations, and religious and cultural backgrounds that were found in the medieval Hispanic multicultural societies. 

Religion/Sociology 404 (3) (Spring only)  | Cultura Islámica en España/Islamic Culture in Spain 

Importance and effect of Islamic influence on Spain’s history, tradition, life and culture. The concept of Islam, message of the Koran, Andalucía under Islamic rule, North African dynasties in Andalucía, cultural, literary and artistic aspects of Islam and Islamic architecture and symbols as exemplified by the Alhambra. 

Russian 401 (3) (Spring only) | Introducción a la Lengua Rusa/Introduction to the Russian Language

This course of Introduction to the Russian Language aims to offer students an overview of this language in two aspects, the historical-linguistic in which students will be able to learn the origin, evolution, evolution, geographical diversity, features of this language and on the other hand, linguistic-instrumental aspects such as the alphabet, calligraphy and an approach to the language that allows them to communicate in basic situations of daily life. 

Science/Tech 401 (3) (Spring only) | Ingeniería Civil y Territorio/Civil Engineering and Territory

Knowledge of the role of civil engineering infrastructures in the transformation and development of territories. Theoretical-practical knowledge is sought by approximate to the history of civil engineering works, as well as through the analysis of the location of public works in the territory and their territorial impact. The impact of civil engineering infrastructures on different territorial and urban models will be assessed. It will show the need for landscape integration of infrastructures in its environment, as well as infrastructure and urban services as building elements of the city and its public spaces. In metropolitan areas, the role of transport and mobility infrastructures and current technological applications will be explored, giving rise to "Smart Cities".

Science/Tech 402 (3) (Spring only)  | Energías Renovables/Renewable Energies

A theoretical-practical knowledge of specific technological content in the energy resources sector in general and renewable technologies is sought. This is aimed at the application of the different alternative energy systems for the generation of electricity, in particular with renewable energies. The theoretical classes will be developed with the initial explanation of the contents of each topic using multimedia tools. Once the theoretical contents are explained, problems and cases of study will be developed.

Sociology 405 (3) (Spring only)  | Desarrollo Intercultural/Cross-Cultural Development

This course consists of preparing and assisting the student to maximize their learning potential and intercultural development competence during their study abroad experience. The process of linguistic-cultural immersion will help through reflection tasks to develop this competence as well as to learn resources and strategies for navigating in transcultural contexts.

Sociology 406 (3) (Spring only)  | Civilización y Cultura Españolas/Spanish Civilization and Culture 

A unified and integrated interpretation of Spanish civilization and today’s society in Spain. Themes of this complex cultural reality are the relationships between the professional, labor and cultural sectors of society, the aging of the population, gypsies, bullfighting, Spanish holidays, gastronomy and flamenco. 

Sociology 408 (3) (Spring only)  | Civilización y Cultura Hispanoamericanas/Latin American Civilization and Culture 

Basic elements of Hispano-American culture are addressed to provide an understanding of its complexity. The American geographic environment, racial distribution and historical evolution, demographics and problems of growth, family structure and daily life, social groups and their behavior, political tendencies, current ideologies, dependence, underdevelopment, external debt, art and folklore. 

Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level students can take another foreign language course as one of their course options in the Spring:

  • French Language and Culture at 100 Beginner, 200 Pre-Intermediate, 300 Intermediate and 400 Advanced levels.
  • Italian Language and Culture at 100 beginner, 200 Pre-Intermediate, 300 Intermediate and 400 Advanced levels.
  • German, Arabic, Modern Greek, Portuguese and Russian each at 100 Beginner, 200 Pre-Intermediate, 300 Intermediate and 400 Advanced levels.

Internship Program

For students with a minimum upper Intermediate level of Spanish.

In addition to the required Spanish language course and 2 or 3 electives from the Spanish Language and Culture Program in Spanish or the Advanced Hispanic Studies Program, students on the Internship Program take the course below for 3 credits.

Spanish Internship course (3)
Business and Teaching in a school (Fall)
Medical, Business, Teaching in a school, NGO (Spring)

The internship includes group seminars and individual meetings with the University of Granada internship Coordinator in order to prepare you and support you through the internship.

Upon completion of the internship, students will present an internship diary and give an oral presentation for a final grade. The internship will appear on your semester transcript.

The Internship Program enables students to:

  • apply academic training to practical situations in business and other organizations
  • work alongside professionals and managers to observe different work-styles and techniques
  • relate work experience to classroom situations
  • enrich their employment opportunities and establish a work record for their CV (résumé)
  • acquire skills and strengths essential to the development of personal confidence
  • gain contacts and insight into a career area

Students must attend interviews with suitable organizations as part of the internship selection process. Final selection is always at the discretion of the organization and the University of Granada Internship Coordinator.

*Please note that students pay a fee supplement of $525 for the 120 hour internship. The 120 hour internship is not available for students wishing to intern in an NGO.

For further details of the Internship Program application and selection process, please contact the AIFS Admissions Officer.


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