Spanish Identities

Spanish Identities: A Linguistic and Cultural Journey

SPA 300.1 (3 credits) Prerequisite: At least four semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent.

Taught exclusively in Spanish, this 3-credit seminar is an immersion into Spanish culture and language. This seminar will offer a close-up view of the diversity of the Spanish languages spoken on the Iberian Peninsula — Euskera, Galician, and Castilian in the fall semester and Catalan, Valenciano, and Castilian for the spring semester — and their importance to Spanish regional identity. With the goal of a broad understanding of the icons of contemporary Spanish cultural identity, we will analyze topics such as popular culture and traditions, popular literature and music, and their contributions to the development of Spanish high culture, indigenous sports, traditional festivities, gastronomy in its relation to culture, craftsmanship, and the evolution of industrial cities. In-depth lectures and guided field study will be oriented toward developing your language competence in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) while offering you a first-hand experience of Spanish customs, traditions, and way of life.

In the fall semester, students will travel from San Sebastian and Bilbao to Santander, Asturias, and Galicia, before ending the seminar in Leon. Spring semester students will visit Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona, among others.

Required for all Madrid Center & Liberal Arts at UAM program students when the Spanish university’s calendar permits.

Costs: The costs for Spanish Identities are included in your program fee. During the pre-semester seminar, students receive breakfasts and some group lunches/dinners, but should budget approximately $250-$350 for additional meals.

NOTE: The seminar schedule, itinerary, and procedures are subject to change without notice.


The seminar is led by Maite Viñuelas, Spanish language section supervisor.

Dr. Vicente Carmona teaches Spanish language for Syracuse Madrid.