5 Week Summer Program: Study Abroad  – Costa Rica only!

5 week program, 2017

May 29th – June 30th, 2017

Application Deadline – March 1, 2017

Additional Program Information

Program Info

Spend 5 weeks this summer learning or perfecting your Spanish in Costa Rica – it can and will happen in only 5 weeks, with an intensive program such as this one. Coordinated with the progressive International Department of a private University, founded in 1991, in San Jose, Costa Rica, our Summer Language Programs provide a solid foundation for improvement of your Spanish language skills. You can do this all while living with a local Tico family in beautiful San Jose, Costa Rica.

Intense language immersion, combined with creative assignments and curriculum, guarantee significant strides in acquisition of the Spanish language. Placement exams will take place to ensure you are in the correct level.

Intensive Spanish Language Studies with Elective 

5 week program: May 29th – June 30th, 2017

2 classes / up to 8 total credit hours

(not just one more week in Costa Rica, but one more class (80 more credit hours) and even more excursions!)

Take a 4 week intensive Spanish language course to ramp up your language level, PLUS choose an Elective class too.

Select ONE Spanish language course from the list in the Spanish Courses tab above. Placement exams pre-arrival ensure you are in the correct level.

Select ONE Elective (taught in English) in the following subject areas from the list in the Electives tab above.:

  • Art and Humanities
  • Business, Economics and Communication
  • Health and Human Development
  • History, Politics and International Relations

Spanish Courses

SUMMER INTENSIVE SPANISH CLASSES

SPANISH LANGUAGE

SPN 101 – Básico 1

This course is an introduction to Spanish for beginners so no previous knowledge of the language is required. Students will develop the basic linguistic skills in order to communicate in common simple situations. The course covers basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, communicative expressions and frequent situations in settings such as restaurants, stores, buses and others. Emphasis is given on understanding, speaking, reading and cross-cultural perspectives. 

SPN 102 – Básico 2

This course is for students who have completed a minimum of 60 contact hours in Spanish studies and already have a command on elementary grammatical tenses. Students will advance on their previous experiential knowledge and further develop their oral, reading, written and listening skills. Students will expand their vocabulary and language usage in order to facilitate interaction with the Costa Rican environment and be able to express themselves in the past.

SPN 201 – Intermedio 1  Pre-requisite: SPN 102

Students in this course should have a good communicative command of usual everyday situations and a structural command of the present tense. The objective of this course is to develop the student’s skills emphasizing on oral and written presentations and more complex grammatical structures. Students should develop a good command of all past indicative tenses.

SPN 202 – Intermedio 2   Pre-requisite: SPN 201

This course emphasizes the discourse enrichment on contexts related to description and simple narrations. The contents include vocabulary building and detailed work with the subjunctive mode and other complex grammatical structures. Students will also learn idiomatic expressions used in Costa Rican.

SPN 210 – Intermediate Spanish Conversation (80 hours) Pre-requisite: SPN 202
Students with high intermediate level Spanish wishing to improve their communicative skills and pronunciation should take this course. Day-to-day conversation and cultural issues are emphasized. The methodology enhances structured speech to provide a firm foundation in patterns of spoken Spanish, progressing towards free conversation.

SPN 301 – Avanzado 1

This course is based on grammatical analysis, expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions through readings, and student compositions at a complex level. The objective is for students to acquire a high level of communicative Spanish that will permit them to express their opinion and thoughts on complex and controversial subjects.

SPN 302 – Avanzado 2

This course is for students who want to polish their oral and written skills. Students should have a high linguistic level and full knowledge of grammatical structures in order to work on polishing stylistics. Students will practice narrative constructions, reactions on non expected contexts, how to report compiled information. The course also covers important aspects about myths, relieves and other cultural issues in Latin America.

SPN 310 – Español Conversacional Avanzado

This course is based on acquiring the skill of self correction. Students will acquire higher levels of diction and fluency through the exposure to oral contexts, idiomatic language and the varieties of Spanish spoken in different Spanish-speaking nations. This course develops skills

in reading, discussion, analysis, self correction and research. Emphasis is given to pragmatic production and students must be prepared to spend a minimum of 2 extra hours per day for assignments.

SPN 330 – Spanish for Heritage Speakers (80 hours)
This course is for Spanish as a first language speakers who possess an advanced level of communication and wish to acquire proficiency in the use of complex grammatical structures. Emphasis will be given to listening, writing and reading skills.

Electives

ELECTIVE COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business, Economics and Communication
  • Health and Human Development
  • History, Politics and International Relations

ELECTIVE COURSES TAUGHT IN SPANISH

  • Literatura y Lingüística

(scroll down for a description of courses)


ELECTIVES COURSES TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

 5 & 8 WEEK SUMMER SESSION

(The university reserves the right to cancel any course for which there is insufficient enrolment (less than 4 students)).

ART AND HUMANITIES

ARCH 3112: HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA ARCHITECTURE AND ART
3 credits (48 hours)
A chronological overview of main invents and influences that contributed to the making of past and present architecture in Latin America analyzing the artistic manifestations.

ART 2100 ART FUNDAMENTALS: THEORY AND PRACTICE 
3 credits (48 hours)
This is course is designed for the beginner to help the student find personal meaning in works of art and develop a better understanding of the nature and validity of art as visual and space language (line, shape, volume, light, space, time, motion, color, and texture). This means that you will learn about the essentials of art through experience and experimentation. Through determination and an open mind, you will increase your creativity and discover more interesting ways to understand and judge the visual arts. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in artwork. With willingness to work and an open mind, your experiences in this class will be memorable in a positive way. Upon completion, students should understand the basics of art materials used and have a basic overview of the history of art and how art represents its society, especially, Latin American culture.

ART 1301 BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DRAWING
3 credits (48 hours)
This studio art course introduces basic principles of drawing. The course includes model drawings, landscape drawings and experimental (abstract) drawings. The focus of this course is on the development of expression and observational drawing from still life, a model and landscapes.

CTV 3400: Documentary Appreciations of Drawing  3 credits (48 hours)
Students will critically analyze audiovisual documentaries and explore film and photography mediums in both traditional and new media. Class time will include academic learning, viewing and discussion of material, practical exercises and written assignments.

DNCE 2500: INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN TROPICAL DANCE
3 credits (48 hours)
An introduction to technique, rhythm and movement style of Latin American Tropical Dance.  History, anthropology, folklore and songs are part of this experiential course.

HUM 3500- LATIN AMERICAN ART 
3 credits (48 hours)
A survey of Latin American visual arts covering twenty centuries of aesthetic and cultural production: Pre-Columbian, Conquest, Colonial, Baroque, Independence, Modern and Contemporary. We will examine the ways sculpture, painting, and architecture has functioned across a broad spectrum of art history, region, and culture in what are now the Latin American countries.

HUM 3513- ARTS AND HUMANITIES: COSTA RICA COLLOQUIUM 
3 credits (48 hours)
A general survey of the complex heritage and social evolution of Costa Rica, examined through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary view focusing on the historical development and present day dynamics of economy, society, polity, natural resources and culture. Emphases will be placed upon different topics during the course, according to students’ backgrounds and expectations.

ETH-3100 SELECTED TOPICS IN AFRO-CARIBBEAN STUDIES
3 credits (48 hrs) (Can also count for ETHN 3100 Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies)
This course examines a particular topic, theme, issue, or problem concerning the Black presence in Costa Rica and Central America.  Sample offerings could include Central America and ethnic politics, history and Culture, Blacks in Central American governments, Contemporary Black literature, History of the Black experience in Costa Rica.

PHIL 3100 COMPARATIVE CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY
3 credits (48 hours)
An overview of the history and selected concepts in major eastern and western philosophical movements and systems from ancient to the middle age periods. Students will reflect on certain topics such as mind-body, Concept of God, knowledge of self and others, predestination and free will, cause and effect and other fundamental ideas in classical knowledge.

PHOT- 2130 CULTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY
3 credits (48 hours)
Practical exercises and field trips students will apply the theoretical information provided in lectures to consciously explore Costa Rican culture. The focus of the projects is the creation of photographic images in black and white.

PHOT- 2600 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
3 credits (48 hours)

The course offers a general knowledge in the reaches and the stages of digital photography. Through practice exercises aiming to apply the information provided through lectures, students will be able to consciously create and manipulate digital photographic images.

BUSINESS, ECONOMICS AND COMMUNICATION

COMM 3200: INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION 
3 credits (48 hours)
This course addresses issues of diversity and commonalities amongst human beings, implications and applications according to each situation and professional context.  Students will develop skills for intercultural competence.

ECON 3403- INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS IN LATIN AMERICA
3 credits (48 hours)
Examines Latin American policies that affect the international economy, with attention to trade barriers, economic nationalism and regionalism, international political economy, exchange market intervention and international transmission of economic perturbations. Pre- Requisite  ECON 1000, or ECON 2010 and 2020.

GEB 3120: Innovation and Entrepreneurship  3 credits (48 hours)
A NEW course:  students will gain an understanding of the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship on global and local economies, as well as the patterns of innovation and their impact on cultures and business environments. Classes will also include discussions and investigations around key elements of entrepreneurship, such as the stages of a business, funding sources, exit strategies and crucial skills for entrepreneurs.

GEB 3350- INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
3 credits (48 hours)
An overview of cultural environment of international business and the institutions which affect business today.  The Latin American perspective with regard to the U.S., Asia and Europe is examined: NAFTA, Merco sur, the EC and other common market areas and agreements.

MKTG 3010: International Marketing Management  3 credits (48 hrs)
International Marketing / Business majors wanted! Students gain an understanding of international marketing—both its challenges and opportunities. Students enrolling in this course should be familiar with basic marketing terminology and have a basic/intermediate understanding of marketing concepts. We will examine the concepts of international marketing through the analysis of case studies, and will propose ideas through class assignments.

MKTG 3050: Sustainable Consumption and Production 3 credits (48 hrs)
Course focuses on a holistic approach to minimizing the negative environmental impacts from consumption and production systems while promoting quality of life. Curriculum will help students acquire the knowledge, capacities, and values to help them shape a better tomorrow as more responsible consumers. Also focuses on an examination of value systems and the life-cycle assessment of selected consumer items involving their economic, environmental and social aspects, the latter involving an introduction to product responsibility, labor practices, human rights and societal perspectives.

MGMT 3030- CREATIVE LEADERSHIP SKILLS
3 credits (48 hrs)
Provides the opportunity to learn about and practice the skills required for managerial excellence.  These skills include leadership, negotiation, conducting performance appraisals, delegation, effective communication, interviewing and making hiring decisions and effective human resource management.

HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

HHD 1020 Introduction to Physical Therapy  3 credits (48 hours)
For hands on students to learn the basic concepts of human anatomy, the most common injuries and illnesses that require physical therapy, and the different tools and methods used to treat them. The course consists of theoretical lectures and laboratory practice, giving students a hands-on experience of the techniques provided in the lectures. By the end of the course, students will have a general knowledge of various specialty areas, as well as techniques such as massage therapy, electrotherapy and therapeutic exercise.

HHD 2500 Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and other Neurobehavioral Conditions  3 credits (48 hours)

The long-term goal is to help prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and other Neurobehavioral conditions (FA/NB). This course is designed to provide and build upon previous information on FA/NB and the effects of other drugs on fetal development and the long-term effects of such exposure on children, adolescents and adults.  Additionally the range, degree, and variability of effects of prenatal drug exposure will also be explored. A conceptual foundation will be established to support the development of effective strategies and facilitate long-term collaboration. The intent of this course is to provide students with a common language for those working with FA/NB patients and their families, and to facilitate communication and support for ongoing networking and collaboration.

PSY-2200 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
3 credits (48hours)
The World Health Organization defines health as being “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Based on this definition, the concepts of health and illness have changed.  Nowadays, health care professionals have to tackle the health from a bio-psycho-social concept. For this reason, it is extremely important for health care professionals (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, just to mention some)   to have general information about Health Psychology, which studies how biology, behavior, and social context influence health and illness.   In this way, health care professionals can have an integral approach to the patients under their treatment.  This will discuss some of the most common topics related with Health Psychology and pertinent to practice in the health care professions.

PSY 3050: Cultural Psychology  3 credits (48 hrs)
This course introduces students to the field of psychology, and examines the influence of culture on human behavior and cognitive processes. “Culture” is defined as the shared norms, values and behaviors of groups, and of the individuals within those groups. We will focus on such topics as cultural factors in self-concept, gender roles, motivation, cognition, emotions, relationships and social values. Our exploration will be based on psychological theories, research, guest lecturers and field experiences.

HISTORY, POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

HIS 2302 CONTEMPORARY LATINAMERICAN HISTORY
3 credits (48 hours)
This course is a survey of the main events in Latin American History after its independence.  Topics include the historical causes and effects of the independence, some of the main issues on social, economic and political problems and the main historical leaders in modern Latin America.

HIS 3290 COSTA RICAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
3 credits (48 hours)
This course introduces the outstanding socio-economic and political features that have shaped and defined the history and development path of Costa Rica.

POL 2500 HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA
3 credits (48 hours)
A particular emphasis will be given to the case of Costa Rica, giving the students an opportunity to explore the development of human rights in the following areas: women’s rights, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, the CAFTA agreement and labour rights, indigenous groups and human rights, disability and age issues, and the prison environment.

POL 3100 COSTA RICAN TRADITION: PEACE AND DEMOCRACY
3 credits (48 hours)
The general objective of this course is to discuss, with students, the social, economic and political issues of the process of construction of peace and democracy in Costa Rica and Central America (1948-2005).

POL 3220 MIGRATION ISSUES:  THE COSTA RICA CASE
3 credits (Taught in English)  (48 hours)
This class studies the construction of migrants as others, the management of their image by media and elements pertaining human rights and citizenship in the cases immigrants in Costa Rica and opening the possibility to compare the United States as a host country. The objective is to visualize the construction of cultural identities, its effects on the intergroup encounters and societal perspectives on migration.

POL 3450 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN LATIN AMERICA
3 credits (48 hrs)
The course will analyze the aspects of the Economic Integration, globalization and conditions for a successful integration between economies and the effects of free trade in the region as well as the effects of protectionism. There will be a special treatment on foreign investments and joint ventures in the Latin America.

POL 3560 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
3 credits (48 hours)
This course examines the historical and actual events in The Middle East. The focus is to understand the background of conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon and The Palestinian Territories.
The aftermath of the Middle East Peace conference of December 2007 will be closely followed. The objective of the course is to promote the interaction of ideas and arguments based on a balanced analysis of the themes. Students participate in various ways: writing essays, internet research assignments, documentary movies, socio-dramas and debating actual topics.

POL 3740 ECONOMIC INTEGRATION IN LATIN AMERICA
3 credits (48 hrs)
This course will analyze the beginning of the International Relations in Latin America and the most important historical facts that marked the politics in the region in the current era.  The focus of this course is on the historic background of the region before independence and post independence that helped to consolidate the American hegemony and the insertion of foreign investment, the North American imperialism and the Latin-American resistance.

ELECTIVE COURSES TAUGHT IN SPANISH

LITERATURA Y LINGÜÍSTICA

SPN 3000:  INTRODUCCION AL ANALISIS LITERARIO 3 credits (48 hours)
El curso ofrece una introducción por parte de los estudiantes al estudio de la literatura en español y presenta los recursos básicos para la elaboración de un comentario o análisis literario. El estudiante adquirirá la terminología necesaria así como métodos críticos que le permitan generar comentarios y explicación de textos informados.

SPN 3020- LECTURAS SELECTAS DE LA LITERATURA LATINOAMERICANA 
3 credits (48 hours)
Estudio panorámico de autores, corrientes literarias o particularidades de género en  la literatura Latinoamericana.

SPN 3050  FONÉTICA Y FONOLOGIA
3 credits (48 hours)
En este curso se aprenden métodos y herramientas de la lingüística descriptiva aplicada a la fonética y articulación.

SPN 3070 INTRODUCCIÓN A LA TRADUCCIÓN
3 credits (48 hours)
Una introducción a las herramientas teóricas y prácticas para el proceso de traducción del inglés al español.  Los estudiantes aprenderán a hacer traducciones de textos sencillos de complejidad intermedia y avanzada tratando de mantener la mayor fidelidad posible con la intención y estilo del autor.

SPN 3520  DIALECTOLOGIA LATINOAMERICANA
3 credits (48 hours)
Este curso explora una perspectiva socio-histórica de la lengua como un aspecto de estudio importante, para comprender el mecanismo lingüístico actual dentro de diferentes contextos sociales de habla.

El enfoque de este curso es analizar la variedad dialectal que se refleja en los diferentes países latinoamericanos mediante rasgos: fonológicos, morfológicos y léxicos que toman en cuenta elementos culturales.  Además, el curso pretende como objetivo primordial conocer y poner en práctica estrategias dialectales para fomentar elementos comunicativos auténticos que enriquezcan el uso del idioma español.

SPN 3560- TOPICOS SELECTOS EN LITERATURA COMPARADA
3 credits (48 hours)
El curso plantea los fundamentos de poesía, narrativa (cuento corto y noveleta) y drama, que servirá como marco teórico de discusión de textos representativos de esos mismos géneros.  Los textos han sido seleccionados con base en sus recursos para establecer comparaciones, y en el grado de interés que pueden despertar no sólo a estudiantes de literatura, sino a estudiantes de español como lengua extranjera.

SPN 4110- ESCRITORAS CONTEMPORANEAS COSTARRICENSES
3 credits (48 hours)
El curso aborda la principal producción literaria femenina en Costa Rica. Se enfoca en el análisis de temáticas presentes en los diferentes textos y su relación con la realidad nacional.  Prereq.   SPN 301

SPN 4330- TOPICOS SELECTOS EN LA LITERATURA ESPAÑOLA
3 credits (48 hours)
Estudio de autores, corrientes literarias o particularidades de género en  la literatura española.

SPN 4390 El CINE Y LA LITERATURA LATINOAMERICANA
3 credits (48 hours)
Estudio de la producción cinematográfica en relación con la literatura en Latino América. Prereq.   SPN 301

COMM 3150: DERECHOS HUMANOS DESDE UNA COMUNICACION CON PERSPECTIVA DE GENERO  3 credits (48 hours)
En la actualidad las nuevas tecnologías propulsan una mejor comunicación e interrelaciones sociales abarcando el concepto de Ecología Humana que se refiere a pensar la vida desde la economía emocional del desarrollo humano. Una vertiente que compone un eje transversal en el conocimiento  es la equidad de género hacia la consecución, desde la comunicación, del respeto y la interacción del crecimiento de las personas para que se entablen mejores relaciones humanas y comprender los hechos relevantes de la vida desde una visión del mundo más integradora.Prereq. SPN 301

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