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Santiago Courses – 2021 Fall

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of language courses plus electives in Latin American culture, journalism, and international studies. All students must complete a minimum of two language courses, although we strongly encourage students to complete an entire language track. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Click the course title to view course details, description, and availability.

Spanish Language Tracks

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks in which courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in a track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it to be prepared for success at the next level. Language courses are small and typically have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.

Track I: 14 credits

Prerequisite: None

  1. Elementary Spanish I
  2. Elementary Spanish II
  3. Intermediate Spanish I
  4. Intermediate Spanish II

Track II: 12 credits

Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Intermediate Spanish I
  2. Intermediate Spanish II
  3. Spanish Composition I
  4. Spanish Composition II

Track III: 9 credits

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Spanish Composition I
  2. Spanish Composition II
  3. Advanced Spanish I

Track IV: 6 credits

Prerequisite: 6 semesters of college Spanish

  1. Advanced Spanish I
  2. Advanced Spanish II

      Language Courses

      • Fall
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

      • Fall
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 100-level 4 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish, or equivalent

      • Fall
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 200-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed to help learners of Spanish to develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this track is on communication.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish, or equivalent

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, several grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, several grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

        Prerequisite: five semesters of ciollege Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is designed for students who may manage daily tasks and interactions, but still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve grammatical accuracy in their oral and written expression.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        These two advanced courses of Spanish have been designed for students who may manage in daily tasks and interactions, but still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, these courses will offer them the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve grammatical accuracy in their oral and written expression.

        Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Spanish

      Fall Semester

      Language and Literature Electives

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This cource is designed to develop Spanish oral skills and linguistic functions.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        A panoramic vision of Latin American literature, from its beginnings to the 20th century. The course will study the evolution of different genre, fundamentally the novel, poetry and theater, through their more important movements, as well as representative key works.

        Prerequisite: five semesters of college Spanish.

      • Fall
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        Presents a clear and thorough study of Latin American poetry from the period of the Vanguards (20's) until present, taking into account its diversity and experimentations. Students will study the texts within the historical context in which they were written. Selected authors: Gabriela Mistral, Vicente Huidobro, Cesar Vallejo, Juana de Ibarbourou, Pablo Neruda, Ernesto Cardenal, Nicanor Parra, Alejandra Pizarnik and Jorge Teillier.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish Theater 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course explores the historical development of theater in Latin America in the twentieth century. Students will focus on dramatic texts to examine their influence on theatrical activity in Latin American culture and develop foundational knowledge of contemporary Spanish American plays through detailed analyses of various professional plays. This course also includes production and performance, where students will have dedicated time to plan and rehearse throughout the semester.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

      Latin American Cultures, Journalism, and International Studies

      • Fall
        History Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course aims to help students understand the main processes that helped shape modern Chilean history from its independence through today. This course will emphasize economic, social, cultural and political aspects of Chilean history.

        Students will analyze a series of key events of Chilean history and discuss crucial topics related to important developments. Students also will gain an understanding of important characters, and crucial ideas of the time.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Students will learn about Chile's native cultures in the northern region, encompassing diverse cultural contexts from the ancient Aymaras and Atacameños to more recently recognized indigenous groups. This course will explore these cultures' essential aspects, including prehistory, myths, religion, economy, and social organization. They combine to form cultural identities and the transformations undergone in historical times and up to the present day.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college anthropology

      • Fall
        Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

        This course provides a comprehensive introduction to a variety of dances of Latin America. Students will learn the essential steps of a selection of four dances typical of the region. The course is designed to encourage students to acquire a greater understanding and interest in Latin American culture.

        This course is taught once a week for four months. Each session lasts two hours and will cover one Latin American rhythm. The rhythms to be covered include Merengue, Salsa, Chachacha, Bachata, and Tango.

      • Fall
        History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Students in this course will analyze major socio-political and economic processes within the scope of Latin American politics. The course will cover historical adaptations of central political and economic development models and their democratic transition. Students will have the opportunity to produce research analyses on indigenous movements, social policy, drugs, sustainable development, women and LGBTQ rights, and religion.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college-level political science

      • Fall
        Journalism 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Students will appraise best practices in foreign reporting, plan for reporting trips in culturally diverse communities, analyze international media within global and historical contexts and learn to create publishable cross-cultural news content. This course is designed to prepare students to work as multimedia journalists in a foreign country such as Latin American countries as well as report on diaspora and immigrant communities within the United States. The concept of cross-cultural reporting also extends to working in distinct communities.

      • Fall
        Economics Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Fall
        Economics Political Science 600-level 3 credits Taught in English

        In the last decades of the twentieth century, the Latin American economies found themselves in a profound economic, social and political crisis. In response to this, the governments implemented a set of profound pro-market reforms, a.k.a. the Washington Consensus. After decades of protectionism, the economies were now opened up to foreign trade and investment. Market forces were favored instead of State intervention. Social policy based on solidarity was replaced by individual risk-taking. The initial results were more than favorable, but the weaknesses of this new paradigm were revealed during the Asian crisis (1997) which triggered a backlash against the Washington Consensus in Latin America and it is uncertain whether the pro-market reforms will be deepened adjusted, or even reversed.

        In this course we will study the process of economic aperture alongside with weakened social safety-nets. Specifically, we will assess the economic structure and performance of Latin American countries, together with its most important policy components.

      • Fall
        Anthropology History Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Anthropology History Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course provides an overview of Latin American Culture, focusing on Chilean realities, encompassing diverse cultural contexts, from ancient Pre-Columbian cultures to the latest expressions of Latin American popular culture. This course will introduce basic notions of cultural studies; including prehistory, religion, art, economy and social organization; how they integrate to form different cultural identities and how they face modern challenges in the light of a globalized world.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Spanish 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

        This course provides students a recreational experience in the Pre-Colombian town of San Pedro, one of significant historical, cultural, scientific, and ecological importance in the country. Students will also explore the Salar de Atacama, the Cordillera de la Sal, and the Andean plateau. This course provides a theoretical and practical exploration and reflection on the cultural heritage of the ancient Andean cultures, their mixing and conflict from the Spanish conquest onwards, and their importance in contemporary society.

        Co-requisite: Enrollment in the optional Northern Chile Tour.

      • Fall
        History Political Science Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course will cover topics related to democratization in Latin America, such as the political and social changes from the 1980s. Students will develop skills to effectively analyze the dynamics of dictatorships in Argentina, Chile, and Venezuela. Students will also evaluate the effectiveness of establishing peace and cooperation by creating robust social institutions, strengthening civil society, safeguarding human rights, and decreasing socio-economic inequalities.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Journalism 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Journalism 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course examines the intersections between the media and the social constructions and understanding of race and gender. Students will develop the ability to critically evaluate topics related to mediated representations of gender, sexuality, intersectionality, diversity in media industries, gendered labor markets, gendered audiences and fan cultures, gender, power, and identity in digital era communication. These topics will be explored and studied through literature from sociology, communication and media studies, cultural studies, feminist theory, and internet/new media studies.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college journalism or communication course

      • Fall
        Anthropology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Anthropology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course focuses on the discussion of the problems faced by women in Latin American societies. These problems will be understood as a product of the male-female interrelations given by the different Latin American cultures, societies and ideologies. In addition, it will be reviewed how these identities have experienced and are experiencing these difficulties nowadays, especially in Chile.

        The course will approach the role of women in "developed" societies from different critical perspectives, contrasting what has happened with Latin American women and their cultures throughout history.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Journalism Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Journalism Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        The goal of this class is to help students develop a personal, professional-quality, strategic communications writing portfolio. Students will be involved in many writing activities intended to encourage career readiness and develop essential skills to becoming a successful writer.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

      Spring Semester

      Language and Literature Electives

      • Fall
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This cource is designed to develop Spanish oral skills and linguistic functions.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

      • Spring
        Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        A broad view of the evolution of the different literary genres of Spanish-speaking Latin American countries during the 20th century. Several key works will be studied as well as many literary fragments in order to provide a well-rounded vision of this century, including García Marquez, Pablo Neruda, Borges, Vargas Llosa and others.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Spring
        Art Film Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        Students will explore a Pan-American vision of Latin American cinema from the 1950s to the present. Students will develop skills to critically analyze how community and cinema interact in various aesthetics and how they appear in the cinematographic language.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Spring
        Spanish 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course is based on the study of 20th century and contemporary Latin American short stories written in Spanish. During the semester we will examine the evolution of the short story in different periods, and key authors in the production of this literary genre. Each text will be studied from an aesthetic viewpoint and in the cultural and historical context in which it has been written, with an emphasis on authors from the Southern Cone (Argentina, Uruguay and Chile). We will also look at the art of short story writing in the context of contemporary modern art, and its contact with and influence on modern North American and European short stories.

        Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Journalism Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Journalism Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        The goal of this class is to help students develop a personal, professional-quality, strategic communications writing portfolio. Students will be involved in many writing activities intended to encourage career readiness and develop essential skills to becoming a successful writer.

        Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

      Latin American Cultures, Journalism, and International Studies

      • Spring
        Economics Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        In this course we will study the key concepts of Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. Specifically, we will focus in business cases and the difficulties of doing ethical business with social responsibility in developing countries with weak institutions, such as the Latin American countries. Main industries to analyze will be mining projects, and its socio-environmental conflicts, energy projects and retail.

      • Spring
        400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course will focus on the diverse indigenous cultures of Southern Chile (Patagonian, Mapuche, etc.) and the Polynesian culture of Rapa Nui. It will provide insight into these societies' lifeways and how the Western world has dramatically changed ways of living and traditions since the first contact between these two worlds.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college anthropology

      • Fall
        Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish

        This course provides a comprehensive introduction to a variety of dances of Latin America. Students will learn the essential steps of a selection of four dances typical of the region. The course is designed to encourage students to acquire a greater understanding and interest in Latin American culture.

        This course is taught once a week for four months. Each session lasts two hours and will cover one Latin American rhythm. The rhythms to be covered include Merengue, Salsa, Chachacha, Bachata, and Tango.

      • Fall
        History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        Students in this course will analyze major socio-political and economic processes within the scope of Latin American politics. The course will cover historical adaptations of central political and economic development models and their democratic transition. Students will have the opportunity to produce research analyses on indigenous movements, social policy, drugs, sustainable development, women and LGBTQ rights, and religion.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college-level political science

      • Spring
        Political Science Sociology 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course examines the challenges of promoting and protecting human rights in Latin America. Focusing on the most critical analytical and empirical debates since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, Students will discuss the most relevant theoretical frameworks in the historical context of the construction of international human rights regimes. The course will expose the challenges Latin American peoples have faced under authoritarian regimes as well as human rights abuses committed during the period of "state terrorism.” Students will also develop the framework to effectively analyze transitional justice policies in democratization processes.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college level history or political science

      • Fall
        Anthropology History Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Anthropology History Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course provides an overview of Latin American Culture, focusing on Chilean realities, encompassing diverse cultural contexts, from ancient Pre-Columbian cultures to the latest expressions of Latin American popular culture. This course will introduce basic notions of cultural studies; including prehistory, religion, art, economy and social organization; how they integrate to form different cultural identities and how they face modern challenges in the light of a globalized world.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Spring
        Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course will explore contemporary Latin America and provide a deeper insight into the historical reasons for the present problems which affect the area. Starting with the Independence movements in the early 19th century, the lectures, films, readings and class discussions will topically analyze the lingering Spanish influence, the efforts of modernization, the struggles for changes, the enigma of mass poverty, the concept of economic dependency and the challenges that have faced Latin American democracies.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      • Fall
        Journalism 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
        Spring
        Journalism 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

        This course examines the intersections between the media and the social constructions and understanding of race and gender. Students will develop the ability to critically evaluate topics related to mediated representations of gender, sexuality, intersectionality, diversity in media industries, gendered labor markets, gendered audiences and fan cultures, gender, power, and identity in digital era communication. These topics will be explored and studied through literature from sociology, communication and media studies, cultural studies, feminist theory, and internet/new media studies.

        Prerequisite: one semester of college journalism or communication course

      • Fall
        Anthropology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish
        Spring
        Anthropology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish

        This course focuses on the discussion of the problems faced by women in Latin American societies. These problems will be understood as a product of the male-female interrelations given by the different Latin American cultures, societies and ideologies. In addition, it will be reviewed how these identities have experienced and are experiencing these difficulties nowadays, especially in Chile.

        The course will approach the role of women in "developed" societies from different critical perspectives, contrasting what has happened with Latin American women and their cultures throughout history.

        Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

      Field Studies

      Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of Chile. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

      As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

      Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

      For more information about field study options, see the Santiago tour and field study page.

      Internships

      USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Chile, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

      Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

      • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
      • Gain practical, hands-on experience
      • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
      • Build a network of professional contacts
      • Improve your resume
      • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
      • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of Chile

      For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

      For more information about placement options, see the Santiago internship page.

      Additional Offerings

      Courses

      • Spring
        Spanish 200-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled

        The Field Studies Trip to Southern Chile is a didactic and recreational experience in one of the areas of greatest historical, cultural, scientific and ecological parts of the country. The areas of focus are Llanquihue and the big island of Chiloé, which include the Rosales National Park, the Chilean towns of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. The course will also introduce traditional towns and landscapes of Chiloé Island and National Park in Cucao. Through excursions, students will develop knowledge about Spanish Colonization and European immigration during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This course was designed to provide a theoretical and practical exploration and reflection of the cultural heritage of the Austral Chilean identities, the Llanquihue and Chiloé regions.

        Co-requisite: enrollment in the optional Southern Chile tour

      Quick Details

      2021-22 App. Cycle

      Spring: Open for late applications; Current passport holders only

      2022-23 App. Cycle

      Summer Sessions: Open
      Fall/Yearlong: Open
      Spring: Open

      Eligibility

      Preferred GPA: 2.5

      Program Type

      Specialty

      Credits

      US Credit

      Program Capacity

      Semester: 60 students

      Summer: 40 students

      Instruction

      English | Spanish

      Member

      APICH--Associación de Programas Internacionales en Chile AG

      Passport & Visa

      Passport & Visa Information