- Courses are taught by faculty of Spanish universities or by others in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts.
- All classes at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Hispánicos de Hamilton College are small, with 12 or fewer students.
- Each course (with the exception of Advanced Spanish Language) meets three hours a week.
- All courses are taught entirely in Spanish.
- For full-year students there are two final examination periods, one at the end of the first term in December and one in May at the end of the academic year. In addition, shorter examinations, papers and reports may be scheduled during the year.
Students also have the opportunity to enroll directly in the Madrid University system. In addition, a number of business and social work internships are open to program participants. Students are encouraged to take courses that will complement and expand the current offerings at their home institutions.
Students are required to sign up for four courses during the fall and spring terms.
Advanced Spanish Language in Context I. (Ten students max.) Review and refinement of grammatical structure, practical vocabulary and syntax. Regular written compositions will be required. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of conversational skills. Prof. Mar Campelo.
Advanced Spanish Language in Context II. (Ten students max.) Study and analysis of the structure of the Spanish language in both written (formal) and oral (colloquial) contexts, in order that the students acquire maximum competence in the recognition and use of the subtleties of the language. Prof. Vivian Samudio.
Advanced Grammar Review. (10 students max.) Study of the syntactical properties of the Spanish language and comparative analysis of English and Spanish structures. Open only to the most advanced students. Prof. Teresa Bordón.
Gender and Identity in Female Contemporary Literature. (Ten students max.) Close analysis of representative examples of narrative, essay, poetry and theater of contemporary Spanish women writers. The works will be studied in the context of current feminist, hermeneutic and psychocritical theories. The course will include writings by Ana Maria Matute, Josefina Aldecoa, Carmen Martin Gaite, Gloria Fuertes, Esther Tusquets, Marina Mayoral, Mercedes Abad, Rosa Montero, Cristina Fernandez Cubas, Paloma Pedrero and Elena Santiago. Prof. Marcos Roca.
History and Social Sciences
Spanish Society and Economy in the EU. (Ten students max.) Study of the main changes in the Spanish society and economy in the last decades with special emphasis on questions related to E.U. origins, the Euro vs. the U.S. dollar as an international currency, pros and cons of the European social model, the situation of women in Spain and the consequences of immigration in Spain. All these topics will help students to understand the daily realities they will face during their stay in Madrid. Prof. Ainhoa Marín.
Culture shock: Spain's cultural diversity. (Ten students max.) Introduction to the nature and methods of cultural anthropology and study of aspects of Spanish life from an anthropological perspective: ethnic groups, family relationships, "fiestas," religion, values and beliefs, giving special emphasis to the matter of gender. Students will learn to observe, define and interpret the anthropological differences of a foreign culture and thus better understand the "culture shock" that results from contact with Spanish life. Prof. Aída Bueno.
Spain Today: Social and Professional Learning. (Internship: 10 students max.) Study of an active participation in nongovernmental organizationand other social institutions in order to comprehend how the Spanish people, and Spanish youth in particular, are responding to the needs of contemporary life. The course includes weekly hands-on involvement in Spanish life and customs outside the classroom (through a project chosen by the student from an extensive list of possibilities), regular class meetings, and guest lectures from experts in different fields. A project prospectus, ample field notes and lengthy research paper are required. Prof. Sheila Klaiber.
Art, Dance and Film
When the Arts Speaks: a Vision of Spain through Spanish Arts. (Ten students max.) The main goal of this course is to learn about Spain's history, culture and society through the Spanish arts. In addition to its technical characteristics, art is a great source of information, a reflection of peoples’ likes and a communicator of ideas and customs of a given period of time. Classes will be held both in the classroom – with visual materials and practical exercises – and in some of Madrid’s most important museums and art galleries. During these visits, students will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom. Prof. Vanessa Jimeno.
Studio Art: Technique and Imagination. (Ten students max.) Drawing is a medium of expression, a cultural value and the basis for the progressive evolution of imagination, sensibility and the comprehensive formation of students. In addition to expressing feeling and moods, drawing can transmit ideas and knowledge. The techniques of drawing should be considered as instruments for the creative process. Students will discover their own selves through expressing their creativity, vision and experiences from the world that surrounds them. Any student can develop the skills to observe and feel art.
Introduction to Flamenco Dance. (Ten students max.) Overview of flamenco dance as a performing art. Emphasis on sevillanas, tangos flamencos and alegrías. Special attention to body awareness, partner communication and movement efficiency. Performance presentation required at the end of the course. Prof. Laura Murcia.
Documentary Film Workshop: "A Student Self-portrait in Madrid". (Eight students max.) This workshop allows students to discover and explore creative documentary filmmaking through two parallel and complementary lenses. First, via a theoretical approach to documentary filmmaking focusing specifically on Spanish production; second, by creating a documentary project. Students will use documentary filmmaking as a form of personal expression in order to articulate through this medium their expectations, perspectives and experiences when immersed in a different culture and society. Each student will direct their own documentary self-portrait, which will give voice and make visible their reality and life experiences in Madrid. Prof. Jean Castejón.