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Honors Program Study Abroad-Twentieth Century Barcelona


Barcelona, Spain

Program Description

Your experience will begin with two-hour evening meetings at JMU every other week during spring 2013. During this period, you will get to know each other, learn about Barcelona through film and readings, and plan a small research project. Once in Barcelona, you will meet with the instructors to visit historic buildings, museums, go on city tours, and participate in day trips to the Dali Museum, the monastery of Montserrat, and local beaches. We will focus on key historical figures, events and monuments, including Gaudi, Picasso, and Dali. Discussion of Barcelona's position in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and the Franco regime (1939-1975) will be an important part of the course.

Location Description

Though an important part of Spain, Barcelona is proud of its independent Catalan identity and language. It is a port city with a long history dating from antiquity, and, during the 20th century, it was an intellectual and artistic hub that saw an efflorescence of modern art, political consciousness and revolutionary politics. Both the unique aspects of Barcelona and its ties to the rest of the country will be explored during the study abroad program. The city is known for its architecture, dating from Roman times, to the Gothic cathedral to Antonin Gaudi's Art Nouveau buildings.


Maureen Shanahan | | Art, Design & Art History
Jessica Davidson | | History


Students will be housed in a hotel located in the heart of the city within walking distance of beautiful modernist buildings, museums, historic sites, great shopping and beaches. All meals will be covered in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

Participation in the course is limited to Honors Program students who are first years or sophomores.

We look forward to having a mix of students with travel experience and those for whom this will be their first overseas adventure. Knowing some Spanish will help in Spain but the dominant language in Barcelona is Catalan.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HON 200: Twentieth Century Barcelona (6 credits)