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The Semester in Salamanca program is designed to offer curricular experiences for students to study in Spain for the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Fall and Spring participants will be required to take a total of 16-credits and Summer participants will be required to take 10-credits. For all terms, students enroll in a 1-credit University Studies course as part of the total credit requirements. 

All of JMU's courses meet in classrooms of the university. Classes are taught by faculty of the University of Salamanca and the JMU faculty member in residence. Students are enrolled in all aspects of the academic program in the University of Salamanca and have complete access to student facilities.

Track I - Spanish Language and Culture (Spring, Summer)

Curriculum

The curriculum has been created to allow students to meet specific General Education credit and earn Spanish credits toward a minor or major in Spanish. The program also meets the international travel requirement for all International Business majors. In addition, students may also choose to complete a 3-credit internship course (spring semester only) at a local school by assisting teachers in classrooms and providing English/Spanish instructions to K-12 levels.

Course offerings for this track include (more details below):

  • ARTH 314/SPAN 490T: Spanish Art

  • SPAN 335S: Introduction to Spanish Literature
  • SPAN 300S: Spanish Grammar and Culture

  • SPAN 365S: Medical Spanish
  • SPAN 307S: History of Spanish Civilization
  • SPAN 385S: Latin American Drama and Short Stories
  • SPAN 308S: Latin American Civilization
  • SPAN 477: Culture and Medicine in Spain
  • SPAN 400S: Advanced Conversation and Composition

  • SPAN 485S: Business and Society in Latin America
  • SPAN 446S: Special Topics in Spanish Literature: Trabajos dirigidos

  • SPAN 486: Business and Society in Spain
  • SPAN 465S: Spanish Cinema and Literature
  • SPAN 490S/IDLS 486S: Internship and Field Experience
  • SPAN 320S: Spanish Oral and Written Communication
  • POSC 371S: Comparative Politics: Spain/United States
  • SPAN 330S: Business Spanish


Language Requirements
All students who participate in the Spanish Language and Culture track must meet the intermediate Spanish level (SPAN 232) before they travel. During fall and spring semesters, all students will take a three-credit intensive language class at the level appropriate to their needs. This requirement permits students time to adapt to the Spanish language and culture before entering the regular semester courses. All courses in Salamanca are taught in Spanish.

  

Track II - History and Culture (Fall) Starting Fall 2022

Curriculum
The curriculum has been created to allow students to earn History credits toward a minor or major History with beginner/intermediate Spanish language. The program also meets certain requirement for American Studies and Modern European Studies. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn with students from Spain and other international students.

Course offerings for this track include (more details below):

  • HIST 332: Spanish History and Civilization
  • HIST 341: History of Spanish Language and its Varieties
  • HIST 438: History of National Treasures
  • HIST 339: Special Topics in American History
  • HIST 489: Special Topics in Transatlantic History
  • SPAN 101-232: Elementary/Intermediate Spanish Language

Language Requirements

There is no Spanish-language requirement for the History and Culture track.

  

Internship in Valencia

The SIS Program will offer a 4-Week Internship in Valencia. Spain after the program in Salamanca.

Students will have the opportunity to intern in several industries such as Business, Education, Communication, Legal, Engineering and Non-Profit.

Students will be placed in an internship site in Valencia, 5 days a week for approximately 30-40 hours a week for a total of 4 weeks.  At the end of the program, students will earn 3 credits for SPAN 490: Internship and Field Experience.

Sample Internship Placements

Course:

SPAN 490

3 credits

TBD

 



SEMESTER IN SALAMANCA FULL COURSE LIST:


Courses

HIST 332: Spanish History and Civilization
This course as an introduction to the culture of Spain over time, taking into account the different areas or media and environments (human, geography) in which the culture of a nation is expressed (literature, cinema, television, music, arts) and their contributions to collective habits or social practices.
Credits: 3
Offered:

HIST 339: Special Topics in American History
This course will be offered by the JMU faculty traveling with students. Content will vary by term and specific details will be shared during orientation.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall

HIST 341: History of the Spanish Language and its Varieties
This course will help students to understand the history and evolution of the Spanish language from its origins to the present, taking into account its situation and its varieties of speech around the world.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall

HIST 438: History of National Treasures
This course is a workshop course focusing on the methods by which objects are deemed “national treasures.” Students will learn on-site in warehouses and repositories about the history and creation of national collections with their social, political, economic, and artistic connotations.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall

HIST 489: Special Topics in Transatlantic History
This course will be offered by the JMU faculty traveling with students. Content will vary by term and specific details will be shared during orientation.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I
The fundamentals of Spanish through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Practice in pronunciation and development of comprehension.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall

SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II
The fundamentals of Spanish through listening, speaking, reading and writing. Practice in pronunciation and development of comprehension.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall

SPAN 231: Intermediate Spanish I
A thorough review of grammar, vocabulary building, conversation, composition and reading.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall

SPAN 232: Intermediate Spanish II
A thorough review of grammar, vocabulary building, conversation, composition and reading.
Credits: 3
Offered: Fall

SPAN 485S: Business and Society in Latin America
This course explores the development of Latin American Society in the business and economic contexts and investigates areas such as importation and exportation, the health and education systems, banking and financial industries. Prerequisite: SPAN 300
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

SPAN 490T/ARTH 314: Spanish Art
A study of the art and architecture of Spain from medieval times through present. Concentration on specific artists, as well as general movements in the history of Spanish art. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300. Art History 314 fulfills the requirement for General Education Cluster Two, Group Two.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

SPAN 300S: Spanish Grammar and Communication
Intensive training in grammatical structures and their application to oral and written communication. Instruction is in Spanish. Fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 232 or equivalent.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

SPAN 307S: History of Spanish Civilization
Study of Spanish life and culture from ancient time to the present. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

SPAN 308S: Latin American Civilization
Study of the geographical, historical and cultural development of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring

SPAN 320S: Spanish Oral and Written Communication
Intensive training in the use of modern, everyday Spanish with emphasis on conversation and composition. Readings in Spanish will provide a context for discussion and writing. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

SPAN 330S: Business Spanish
Study of commercial and technical vocabulary and trade customs in conjunction with practice in the art of commercial communication including interviews, letter writing and simultaneous interpretation. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

SPAN 335S: Introduction to Spanish Literature
This course is designed to prepare students in literary analysis of the novel as well as short stories, poetry and drama. All necessary terminology will be studied. Mandatory for all Spanish majors before taking any other literature class. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

SPAN 365S: Medical Spanish
This course focuses on the concepts, vocabulary and linguistic use of Spanish in the applied field of medicine for future practical application in the professional and volunteered contexts. Students will learn the cultural differences between the medical environment in the U.S. and the Hispanic countries. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

SPAN 385S: Latin American Drama and Short Stories
Readings and analysis of representative plays and short stories from Latin America. Student reports on selected authors. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 335. SPAN 385S fulfills the requirement for General Education Cluster Two, Group Three.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

SPAN 400S: Advanced Conversation and Composition
Discussions deal with topics of current interest. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 320.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring

SPAN 446S: Special Topics in Spanish Literature: Trabajos dirigidos
Students work of any aspect of Spanish Literature under the supervision of USAL faculty. Topics and work vary, ranging from the case study of a work, the treatment of a given topic in Spanish literature, the analysis of a literary movement, the systematic study of the author's work, or a comparative analysis of several writers. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 335.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

SPAN 465S: Spanish Cinema and Literature
Studies of the structure of the cinema and its relations to literature. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 335.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring

SPAN 477: Culture and Medicine in Spain
This course enables students to acquire greater linguistic proficiency and cultural competence in the medical context through classroom discussions and reading comprehensions. Students analyze historical and contemporary medical discoveries and examine popular and religious beliefs applied to medicine in Spanish cultures. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

SPAN 486: Business and Society in Spain
This course investigates several sectors of the Spanish economy, including industry and business related to agriculture, food, wine, tourism, education, retail, and manufacturing in Spain. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring, Summer

POSC 371S: Comparitve Politics: Spain/United States
A comparative study of political systems in Spain and the United States. Emphasis on historical and contemporary issues. Since it is taught in Spanish, Spanish credit may also be given. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring

SPAN 490S/IDLS 486S: Internship and Field Experience
This course gives student the opportunity to integrate in the Spanish society through a JMU sponsored internship/field experience. Students will have the chance to work in local schools and local travel agency. The experience will allow students to interact with the community through conversation and their assigned responsibilities. PREREQUISITE or CO-REQUISITE: SPAN 300.
Credits: 3
Offered: Spring

UNST 390: Special Studies in University Studies
This 1-credit course, in which all Semester in Salamanca students enroll, encourages critical engagement with Salamanca and broader Spanish environments. Students reflect on the meaning of their study abroad experience and its relationship to their academic, professional, and personal development.
Credits: 1
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

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