Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain

Study Abroad in Salamanca: Courses

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For a full overview of each academic program, please visit the Academics page. Most courses meet for 45 contact hours and are recommended for 3 credits (shown in parentheses). These courses are a sample of those offered on the AIFS programs at the University of Salamanca.

Optional Early Start: Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Preparation Program

Students wishing to kick start their Spanish can choose to arrive in Salamanca before the regular semester begins and take an intensive Spanish course with 50 contact hours and for an additional 3 credits.

Orientation courses

Spanish 102 (3) | Intensive Elementary Spanish

For students with no previous Spanish instruction and up to a year of high school or semester of college Spanish. Focus is on grammar, sentence structure, pronunciation and vocabulary development. Present, past and future tenses are studied in the indicative as well as subjunctive, along with regular and irregular verbs, interrogative and personal pronouns and possessive adjectives. Social and cultural topics covered include manners, introductions, customs, gastronomy, fiestas and traditions.

Spanish 202 (3) | Intensive Intermediate Spanish

Solid knowledge of basic Spanish grammar structures and tenses and a fundamental vocabulary are necessary to place in this level. Emphasis is on fluid conversation, comprehension and vocabulary. Tenses, habitual actions in the past and abstract descriptions are explained. Grammar study is on the imperative, conditional and relative sentences, indirect speech, passive voice, intonation, prefixes, suffixes and affixes. Cultural topics include the influence of mass media on Spanish language, superstitions, beliefs, literature, humor and cinema.

Spanish 302 (3) | Intensive Advanced Spanish

For students with a strong background in Spanish, this course deepens comprehension and works at developing a more sophisticated speaking style. Conversational skills are emphasized: conversations, arguments, debate, opinions, concession and opposition. Grammar focus is on verb forms in the past, nominal subordinate sentences, emphatic and metaphoric comparisons and meaning and use of the infinitive, gerund and participle. Cultural aspects include appropriate behavior and manners, stereotypes of regions of Spain and Hispanic countries, “la tertulia” (conversational gatherings), gestures, popular stories and legends.

Spanish 402 (3) | Intensive Superior Spanish

Students in this level are essentially bilingual and want to perfect or understand grammatical complexities. Pragmatic issues are expressing and understanding humor, irony, sarcasm, anger, wonder and skepticism, persuading and convincing, expressing cause, consequence and purpose as well as agreement and disagreement. Grammar focuses on the pronoun “se”, idioms, colloquial Spanish, changes in sentence structures, direct object complements, paraphrases and Latin American Spanish. Cultural themes are the influence of other cultures on Spain, types of journalism, publicity in the media, dialects, Hispanic American writers, Spain’s political system and social attitudes.

Spanish and International Studies Program

For students with an Intermediate, Advanced and Superior level of Spanish. Students on this program can choose up to 5 courses.

Courses Taught in Spanish

Spanish 303 (3) | Intermediate Spanish Grammar (Lengua española–intermedio)

Problems that Spanish grammar presents to foreign students will be studied including indicative tenses, the future and conditional and how they contrast, the subjunctive with its use in subordinate clauses, “ser” or “estar” and use of prepositions.

Spanish 315 spring only (3) | Business Spanish (Español de los negocios)

Through topics including commerce, banking, labor, etc., students will not only learn specialized business vocabulary but develop and refine all four areas of language skills.

Spanish 317 (3) | Spanish Conversation and Composition (Conversación y redacción)

The course aims to develop skills in both the written and spoken expression through the analysis and production of different types of written text (reports, letters, notes, curricula) and oral texts (dialogues, presentations, debates).

Spanish 328 fall only (3) | Medical Spanish Grammar (Español médico)

This course aims to develop the skills necessary for proper communication in the medical and health fields. Students will learn terms and vocabulary as well as the structures and themes thatwould be confronted daily in medicine and health care.

Spanish 403 (3) | Advanced Spanish Grammar (Lengua española–avanzado)

Students will cover in the class: the use of indicative tenses, the subjunctive in simple or complex structures, “ser” or “estar”, prepositions and conjunctions, the different meanings of “se” and verbal circumlocution, etc.

Spanish 415 (3) | Superior Spanish Grammar (Lengua española – superior)

This course prepares the near bilingual or bilingual student to competently produce correct written texts or to converse/debate/ argue about any issue of personal interest.

Art 307 (3) | Spanish and Latin American Film (Cine Español e Hispanoamericano)

A study of Spanish and Latin American films as well as an analysis of the narrative mechanisms that define cinema as a distinct artistic expression. Different aspects of Hispanic Culture will be discussed.

Art 310 spring only (3) | Mass Media in Spain (Cine, prensa y televisión en España)

This course will examine the importance of the media (press and television) in the diffusion of the Spanish reality as well as the influence it has had in the formation of political and cultural opinion.

Art 311 fall only (3) | Spanish Art – Origins to Middle Ages (Arte español: desde los orígenes hasta el Renacimiento)

A chronological analysis of distinct cultures and artistic tendencies as well as their most outstanding examples will be studied: pre-Roman art, Roman art, Muslim art, Mozarabic art, Romanic art and Gothic art.

Art 312 spring only (3) | Spanish Art – Renaissance to Present (Arte español: desde el Renacimiento hasta la actualidad)

This course addresses Spanish renaissance art through the successive Baroque and Neoclassic tendencies. An analysis of contemporary artists such as Picasso, Dalí and of their greatest works is a faithful reflection of Spanish art in the 20th Century.

History 307 fall only (3) | History of Spain – Middle Ages to the 16th Century (Historia de España: desde la época medieval hasta la época de los Austrias Mayores)

This course begins with an examination of the most relevant events of the period as well as the social and economic context in which they take place. The second part of the course will focus on the 15th century and the era of the Catholic Monarchs.

History 309 (3) | Women in Contemporary Spanish History (La mujer en la Historia de España)

This course covers the role of women during the 20th century including the Civil War, the Franco regime, the Transition and finally, women’s role in today’s Spain. These issues will be analyzed through literature, philosophy and the artistic world.

History 311 spring only (3) | History of Spain - 17th Century to Present (Historia de España: desde los Austrias Menores hasta la actualidad)

This course covers the reign of Felipe III, Felipe IV, Carlos II and the decline of the empire through to the crisis of the monarchy, Civil War, Francoism, the Transition as well as the social, economic and cultural context of Spain in present day.

Literature 305 fall only (3) | Poetry, Theater and Novel in Spanish Literature of the 20th Century (Literatura española)

The chronological presentation of the various literary movements serves as an overview of Spanish literature of the 20th century. The development of the genres will be studied through acclaimed authors and representative texts.

Literature 306 spring only (3) | Contemporary Latin-American Literature (Literatura Hispanoamericana)

This course will examine the most indicative authors of contemporary Latin-American literature and the relation of their work to the social and cultural context of the period through selected texts..

Sociology 305 (3) | Spanish Culture and Civilization (Cultura española)

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the Spanish culture and way of life with topics including: geography, politics and history, as well as customs, behaviors, and values that form the Spanish character.

Sociology 320 (3) | The Arab Influence on the Hispanic World (El mundo Árabe en el mundo Hispánico)

The course is divided into four sections: the Arab and the Hispanic world throughout history; the Arab element in the birth of the Spanish language; an analysis of medicine, philosophy and science; Arab architecture in Spain referencing the different historical and artistic periods.

Courses Taught Exclusively for AIFS Students

Spanish 330 (3) | Translation (Traducción)

With a textbook written especially for this class, Intermediate Level students will learn and perfect the skills necessary for translating English into Spanish as well as improve their command of both formal and colloquial Spanish.

Spanish 340 (3) | Spanish Phonetics (Fonética)

This course examines the authentic Spanish accent by studying intonation, pronunciation and rhythm, as well as Spanish and English vowel/consonant differences. Emphasis is on problems non-native Spanish speakers confront.

Spanish 416 (3) | Skills for Teaching and Learning Spanish as a Second Language

The focus of this course is on writing strategies (punctuation, accents, discursive marks, etc.) and vocabulary acquisition (especially formal vocabulary), to help students improve their expressive writing level. Students will find it useful for the writing of term papers in Spanish. The course provides a general grammar review (indicative, subjunctive, ser and estar, pronouns, prepositions, etc.) not only to improve the understanding and use of these areas of grammar but to provide students with strategies in teaching. A review of the fundamental issues of grammar with a focus on how to teach them will be carried out. This course is especially designed for advanced and bilingual students, and highly recommended for students wishing to teach Spanish as a second language

Courses Taught in English

Economics/Political Science 311 (3) | Economy of the European Union

This course will focus on the origins, development and current issues within the European Union from a political and economic perspective.

Economics/Political Science 315 (3) | Current Spain: Economic History from Franco to Present

This course will analyze the different parameters involved in Spain’s transition and development from dictatorship to democracy from a political and economic perspective.

Economics 317 (3) | International Marketing

An introduction to international marketing dealing with topics such as: business in a global economy and the role of media and advertising in a consumer-oriented society.

Sociology 315 (3) | Spanish Culture

In-depth study of the foundation of Spanish culture. Lessons will be based on the descriptions of the main aspects of Spanish life and culture from an intercultural perspective.

International Business Studies Program

All courses below are taught in English apart from Spanish 405. Choose up to 5 courses. Depending on your fluency in Spanish, you can choose 2 of your courses from the Spanish and International Studies Program and/or the Integrated Studies Program.

International Business Studies Courses

Business 319 (3) | E-Commerce and Social Media Marketing

This course analyzes the characteristics of electronic commerce and its impact on business performance. The fundamentals of electronic commerce will be examined and participants will learn from the basics of theory as well as from a wide range of case studies, work projects, illustrative examples and computer simulations that will illustrate and expand on the current development of electronic commerce.

Economics/Political Science 311 (3) | Economy of the European Union

Introduction to the history, political institutions and political economy of the European Union. The class compares and contrasts the Union’s institutional arrangements and its political economy to that of the United States.

Economics/Political Science 315 (3) | Current Spain: Economic History from Franco to Present

This course will analyze the different parameters involved in Spain’s transition and development from dictatorship to democracy from a political and economic perspective.

Economics 309 (3) | International Business

This course aims to increase students’ knowledge of international business systems focusing on the challenges and opportunities businesses will face over the next decade, particularly in newly industrialized countries.

Economics 312 (3) | Business Ethics

Business ethics is the applied ethics discipline that addresses the moral features of commercial activity. This course will analyze the main philosophically-relevant questions that inform the conversation and ongoing disagreement among academic business ethicists systems.

Economics 313 (3) | International Finance

This course addresses international finance in a globalized market including the examination of International banking and political risk management, the effects of globalization on financial crashes, financial regulation and market efficiency.

Economics 317 (3) | International Marketing

Companies today are challenged to adapt their products to different countries with their special requirements and customs. Marketing specialists must be prepared to deal with the differences and to generate strategies accordingly. The fundamentals of International Marketing willl be studied via marketing theory, but also through examination of different cases and examples that illustrate the actual situation of international companies today.

Spanish 405 (3) | Spanish for Professionals (BULATS test)/Español con fines profesionales (test BULATS)

This course has a minimum language level requirement of Intermediate. The course will focus on comprehension of written and oral texts of a professional or economic nature and interaction and communication in professional situations.

Integrated Studies Courses

For students with a Superior Level of Spanish. Spanish 416—Skills for Teaching and Learning Spanish as a Second Language (from the International Studies Program) is a required course.Then choose up to 4 electives. The courses listed below for this program are a small sample of those available. Students interested in this program should contact the AIFS Admissions Officer for further subject and course details.

Integrated Studies Courses

Spanish 416 (3) (REQUIRED) | Skills for Teaching and Learning Spanish as a Second Language (Escritura académica) required

The focus of this course is on writing strategies (punctuation, accents, discursive marks, etc.) and vocabulary acquisition (especially formal vocabulary), to help students improve their expressive writing level. Students will find it useful for the writing of term papers in Spanish. The course provides a general grammar review (indicative, subjunctive, ser and estar, pronouns, prepositions, etc.) not only to improve the understanding and use of these areas of grammar but to provide students with strategies in teaching. A review of the fundamental issues of grammar with a focus on how to teach them will be carried out. This course is especially designed for advanced and bilingual students, and highly recommended for students wishing to teach Spanish as a second language

Art 405 spring only (3) | Contemporary Spanish Art (Arte Español Contemporáneo)

Beginning with the Vanguard and its different artistic manifestations this course studies Picasso, J. Gris, Miró and Dalí within the European context that nurtured them.

Art 409 spring only (3) | Islamic and Hispano-Muslim Art (Arte Islámico y Arte Hispanomusulman)

This course focuses on the artistic contribution throughout the medieval period in Spain. The different variations of Islamic art will be analyzed.

Art 411 fall only (3) | History of Spanish Modern Art (Historia del Arte Moderno Español)

This course is a contextualized study of the principal Spanish artists and their works through the Golden Century, covering architecture as well as painting and sculpture.

Art 413 fall only (3) | Hispano-Flamenco Art and Architecture (Arte y Arquitectura Hispanoflamenca)

A study of the concepts and characteristics of Hispano-Flamencan art in Spain as well as its most significant manifestations in architecture, painting and sculpture.

Art 415 spring only (3) | History of Contemporary Spanish Art (Historia del arte contemporáneo español)

The study of Spanish art of the 19th and 20th century in its historical context, general characteristics and its contrast with European artistic tendencies.

Art 417 fall only (3) | History of Hispano-American Art (Historia del arte hispanoamericano)

This course covers the great contributions and innovations of the art from the New World with emphasis on the artistic manifestations between the 16th and the 18th century.

Art 419 fall only (3) | History of Spanish Cinema (Historia del Cine Español)

An initiation into Spanish cinema relating the historical conditions to its development.

Economics 411 fall only (3) | Economy in the European Community (Economía en la Comunidad Europea)

An introduction to the economic situation in European Union countries including the history of the European Community and the process toward attaining economic and monetary union.

History 417 (3) | Contemporary History of Spain (Historia contemporánea de España)

The framework of the most relevant political, economic, social and cultural processes in contemporary Spain. The period studied encompasses the crisis of the former regime at the beginning of the 19th century up to the present.

History 419 (3) | History of Latin America (Historia de América Latina)

The history of Latin America since its origins, the results of the arrival of the Spanish, the colonial process, independence movements, the constitution of the Latin American republics etc.

History 421 spring only (3) | Contemporary History of Latin America (Historia de América Latina actual)

Analysis of the political and social situation in Latin America from 1960 on covering populisms, dictatorships and democracies.

Linguistics 417 fall only (3) | Varieties of Spanish (Variedades del Español)

Internal and dialectal varieties of the Spanish language. Attention is paid to the southern varieties of Spanish, and to the different characteristics between Spanish people from Spain and Spanish people from America.

Linguistics 419 fall only (3) | Spanish Morphosyntax (Morfosintaxis del Español)

The study of simple sentences in Spanish, its classifications and the study of the components of a sentence: subject and predicate as well as complements of nouns and verbs, its functions and its characteristic syntactic features.

Linguistics 421 spring only (3) | History of Spanish (Historia del Español)

This course will cover the changes that the Spanish language has experienced through the centuries since its first appearance in medieval Castillian text up to the present.

Literature 425 fall only (3) | The Spanish Novel (Novela Española)

Basic strategies for approaching Spanish novels of this century. Their context and authors from the beginning of the century such as Miguel de Unamuno, the Civil War novel, the novel during the Franco era through Post-Francoism and democracy.

Literature 427 (3) | 20th Century Hispano-American Literature (Literatura Hispanoamericana del siglo XX)

Selected writers are studied within cultural and literary contexts. Genres covered are pre-1940 (from the end of the 19th century to the Vanguard) to the Post-Vanguard and New Novel. Authors studied vary.

Methodology 429 fall only (3) | Practical Spanish Grammar (Gramatica Práctica del Español)

Detailed study of the most important problems of Spanish grammar, enabling students to understand the difficulties a professor teaching Spanish as a second language may encounter.

Methodology 430 fall only (3) | Grammar for the teaching of Spanish as a Second Language (Gramática para la enseñanza del Español como lengua extranjera)

An in-depth study of the most prominent problems in the formation of subordinate sentences in Spanish and strategies for teaching Spanish as a second language.

Methodology 431 spring only (3) | Methodology for Teaching Spanish (Metodologia para la Enseñanza del Español)

Method and materials to use with different strategies for teaching Spanish as a second language class. Activities that develop oral and written skill at different levels.

Spanish Language and Culture Program (Fall only)

COURSES FOR STUDENTS WITH ELEMENTARY SPANISH

Spanish grammar is required. Then choose up to 3 electives.

Courses for Student with Elementary Spanish

Spanish 204 (6) (required) | Spanish Grammar

This course focuses on greetings, introductions and farewells, as well as giving information about one’s self. Interrogatives, verb use and pronouns are also introduced.

Spanish 206 (3) | Spanish Vocabulary Development

Increasing word acquisition is the goal. Students learn new words and develop the ability to make connections and semantic fields, taking advantage of patterns and processes.

Spanish 208 (3) | Spanish Language Laboratory

To reinforce language classes, this individualized practice in grammar, vocabulary and phonetics gives more varied input set at the student’s own pace.

Spanish 210 (3) | Spanish Conversation and Composition

This course bridges the gap between knowledge of a language and its actual use. Experiences encountered outside the classroom are simulated e.g.asking for a coffee and going to the doctor.

COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

Elementary level students may opt to take the following courses in English depending on course schedules.

Courses Taught in English

Economics/Political Science 311 (3) | Economy of the European Union

This course will focus on the origins, development and current issues within the European Union from a political and economic perspective.

Economics/Political Science 315 (3) | Current Spain: Economic History from Franco to Present

This course will analyze the different parameters involved in Spain’s transition and development from dictatorship to democracy from a political and economic perspective.

Economics 317 (3) | International Marketing

Companies today are challenged to adapt their products to different countries with their special requirements and customs. Marketing specialists must be prepared to deal with the differences and to generate strategies accordingly. The fundamentals of International Marketing will be studied via marketing theory, but also through examination of different cases and examples that illustrate the actual situation of international companies today.

Sociology 315 (3) | Spanish Culture

In-depth study of the foundation of Spanish culture. Lessons will be based on the descriptions of the main aspects of Spanish life and culture from an intercultural perspective.

COURSES FOR STUDENTS WITH INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED AND SUPERIOR LEVEL SPANISH

Students are required to take a 6-credit Spanish grammar course (Spanish 311, 321 or 405) and up to 9 credits in electives. Please note that courses in the same section are offered at the same time. Only one course may be chosen from each section. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Section I

Spanish 311 (6) | Intensive Intermediate Spanish Grammar (Gramática española)

This class expands and improves students’ dominance of grammatical and lexical aspects of Spanish linguistics with focus on function and communication.

Spanish 321 (6) | Intensive Advanced Spanish Grammar (Gramática española)

This class examines the indicative tenses, the use of the subjunctive, verbal periphrases, using “se” and the problems of certain prepositions such as “a”, “de”, “desde”, “por”, “para”, etc. Problems of prepositional verbs are addressed.

Spanish 405 (6) | Intensive Superior Spanish Grammar (Gramática española)

An in-depth examination of specific and complex grammar issues provides students with greater sophistication in their language usage. Further attention will be devoted to strategies in writing and linguistic register.

Section II

Spanish 317 (3) | Spanish Conversation and Composition (Conversación y redacción)

This course aims to develop skills in both the written and spoken expression through the analysis and production of different types of written text (reports, letters, notes, curricula) and oral texts (dialogs, presentations, debates)..

History 303 (3) | Political History of Contemporary Spain (Historia de España)

Different historical aspects of the 20th century in Spain will be presented to further students’ understanding of the repercussion of significant historical moments lived by the Spanish in recent years.

History 305 (3) | Women in Contemporary Spanish History (La mujer en la Historia de España)

This course covers the role of women during the 20th century including the Civil War, the Franco regime, the Transition and finally, women’s role in today’s Spain. These issues will be analyzed through literature, philosophy and the artistic world.

Section III

Spanish 319 (3) | Spanish Oral Skills (Destrezas orales)

This class aims to develop students’ listening and speaking skills in a wide variety of situations. There is a special focus on tailoring language usage for each specific situation, improving fluency, and deploying appropriate communicative strategies.

Literature 307 (3) | Spanish and Latin-American Literature (Literatura española e hispanoamericana)

This course offers a general overview of Spanish and Latin American Literature from the Middle Ages till the present. Classes are based on the study of actual texts. The different literary periods are introduced in chronological order and acknowledge the political, historical and social contexts of the time period.

Sociology 305 (3) | Spanish Culture and Civilization (Cultura española)

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the Spanish culture and way of life with topics including: geography, politics and history, as well as customs, behaviors, and values that form the Spanish character.

Sociology 323 (3) | The Arab Influence on the Hispanic World (El mundo árabe en el mundo hispánico)

The course is divided into four sections: the Arab and the Hispanic world throughout history; the Arab element in the birth of the Spanish language; an analysis of medicine, philosophy and science; Arab architecture in Spain referencing the different historical and artistic periods.

Section IV

Spanish 320 (3) | Writing Skills (Destrezas escritas)

The skill of writing is learned through comprehension and production of different text types (narrative, descriptive, argumentative, formal letter-writing, and others). Students will learn how to search for ideas, plan, outline and compose written texts.

Spanish 323 (3) | Business Spanish (Español de los negocios)

Through topics including commerce, banking, labor, etc., students will not only learn specialized business vocabulary but develop and refine all four areas of language skills.

Art 305 (3) | Spanish and Latin-American Film (Cine español e hispanoamericano)

A study of Spanish and Latin American films as well as an analysis of the narrative mechanisms that define cinema as a distinct artistic expression. Different aspects of Hispanic Culture will be discussed.

Art 309 (3) | History of Art Tendencies in Spain (Arte español)

This course aims to provide an understanding of the principal tendencies of Spanish art throughout history as well as an analysis of the most outstanding works of art (pictorial, sculptural and architectural) of Spanish heritage.