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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, University-sponsored faculty-led study abroad programs are on hold. We look forward to the return of a robust travel program schedule at WNE.

Study the vivid cultures and the dramatic history of Spain on campus this spring, then travel to Spain to explore the incredible cities of Córdoba, Sevilla, and Granada with your professors.

Register for one or both of these Spring courses, earn 3 to 6 GUR credits, and travel to Spain.

Courses are open to all students and are taught in English; knowledge of Spanish is not required. These courses fulfill the study abroad and international coursework for Global Scholars.

Space is limited. You must pre-register with the instructors to enroll in the travel components of these courses. 

Want to register? Need more information? Have questions?

For HIST 291, contact the instructors: Dr. Meri Clark (meri.clark@wne.edu or 413-796-2264)

For CUL 299, contact the instructor: Dr. Sandra Navarro (sandra.navarro@wne.edu or 413-782-1755)

Spring Semester

CUL (CA) 299: Identity and Memory in Contemporary Spain (3 cr.)

Fulfills Cultures or Aesthetics requirement for Arts and Sciences and Business students; Cultures requirement for Engineers.
Meets Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00-4:20 p.m.

Though known today as one of Europe’s must-see tourist destinations, Spain is a paradox that differentiates it from other Western European nations due to the constant tension between tradition and progress. Spain’s languages, films, architecture, and artistic movements are intimately tied to the cultures and peoples who have populated the peninsula and provide a palimpsest of its rich history. This course will provide students the opportunity to appreciate the unique culture of Spain from the Civil War (1936-1939) through the Franco dictatorship to the contemporary period. The course includes an optional travel component consisting of a 10-12 days trip to the cities of Sevilla, Granada, and Córdoba at the end of the semester; additional charge required. 

HIST 291: Southern Spain from Ancient Rome to Today’s Republic (3 cr.)

Fulfills the History Requirement for all students
Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:20 p.m.

From a hinterland of the Roman Empire, southern Spain has transformed dramatically under 700 years of Islamic rule, 500 years of Catholic monarchy, Franco's modern dictatorship, and a recent democracy. This course will explore shifting definitions of what it means to be “Spanish” by examine the interactions between social, political, religious and cultural forces that have shaped the region over the past 2,000 years. The course includes an optional travel component consisting of a 10-12 days trip to the cities of Sevilla, Granada, and Córdoba at the end of the semester; additional charge required. 

Start Packing: Here's What You Need to Know

What will the trip cost?

The estimated cost is $3,500 (based on 10 students) and includes airfare, lodging, ground transport to program sites, and excursion and entrance fees (meals, snacks, and personal expenses are not included).

What Will I See in Spain?

  • Mezquita, the Great Mosque of Córdoba
  • Historic Jewish quarter and synagogue in Córdoba
  • Alhambra—medieval Muslim palace and neighborhood in Granada
  • Sacromonte—beautiful hillside quarter of Roma (“gypsy”) in Granada
  • Ancient Roman ruins in and around Sevilla
  • Catholic Cathedral and Álcazar palace in Sevilla
  • Flamenco performance and tapas in Sevilla
  • Free time to explore during this once-in-a-lifetime trip!

How Can I Participate?

Students must be in good academic standing to participate in study abroad. Students participating in semester- or yearlong study abroad programs must satisfy the specific grade point average required by the foreign university they will be attending. 

Are you a graduating senior? You may sign up for these courses! You will receive an incomplete (“I” grade) until travel and coursework are completed. You will receive your diploma in August, rather than May.

Want to Learn More?

For more information, contact:

Dr. Josie Brown-Rose, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Director of the Study Abroad Program

Phone: 413-782-1279

Email: jbrownro@wne.edu

Dr. Saeed Ghahramani, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Study Abroad Program

Phone: 413-782-1218

Email: sghahram@wne.edu

Got Your Passport?
 Don’t forget to apply now for your passport to be ready to take advantage of these unique educational/travel opportunities.