Spend a summer in one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. Merida, Mexico’s safest and cleanest city, is known as the “White City.” Here you will study Spanish language or Mexican literature in an city lined with colonial mansions, where you can still take a ride in a horse drawn carriage. Merida’s residents, who are proud of their colonial roots and their Mayan heritage, will welcome you warmly as they host you and invite you to enjoy the celebration of their cultural pride. You will participate in a number of cultural excursions to the most important Mayan ruins, the Yucatecan cenotes, and protected wildlife reserves. Merida is a half hour from the sea, and features a tranquil lifestyle with all of the modern-day conveniences. Its cultural offerings, size and safe character make it a perfect place to study the Spanish language and Mexican culture, as well as Pre-Hispanic and modern Mayan culture.
Prerequisite: One quarter of college-level Spanish (Spanish 1) or the equivalent.
Spanish 2A-3A: Intensive Spanish (Elementary) (8 units)
Spanish 2A and 3A are introductory courses in Spanish language and culture. The approach is proficiency-oriented, communicative and task-based in order to help you develop communicative competence in all four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as cultural competence. Spanish 2 and 3 are conducted completely in Spanish.
Prerequisite: Spanish 25 or the equivalent.
Spanish 150/170: Mexican Literature (8 units)
This course is an intensive study of representative works of Mexican narrative (essay, short story, and novel) analyzed within social, political, and historical frameworks with focus on themes of conquest, revolution, and identity, as well as the culture of Mexico through the examination of philosophy, history, art, music, dance, film and architecture. You will approach existing models of interpretation critically, and generate ideas with respect to cultural diversity and Mexican identity. We will analyze the literary and cultural production from ancient civilizations to the present as expressions of a complex, multifaceted and multicultural identity.