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Santiago Courses – 2021 Spring

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 2 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.

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 total)—Prerequisite: none

  • Spring
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Elementary Spanish I is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have not taken any Spanish courses at college-level before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

    Español Inicial I es un curso de lengua de cuatro créditos para alumnos que están matriculados en USAC y no hayan realizado nunca cursos de español a nivel universitario. Está diseñado para ayudar a los alumnos de español como lengua extranjera a adquirir una competencia comunicativa básica, ofreciendo oportunidades para desarrollar las habilidades básicas de la lengua: oír, hablar, interactuar, leer y escribir. El énfasis principal de este curso está en la comunicación y por lo tanto, la asistencia a clase es esencial.

  • Spring
    Spanish100-level4 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Elementary Spanish II is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have taken one course of Spanish at college-level or its equivalent before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Spanish to acquire basic communicative competence. It provides opportunities for the development of the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

    El curso de Español Elemental II de cuatro créditos está dirigido a alumnos que se matriculen en USAC y que hayan completado un curso de español en la universidad o su equivalente. Está diseñado para ayudar a los hablantes no nativos de español a desarrollar su competencia comunicativa. Ofrece oportunidades para desarrollar las habilidades básicas de la lengua: escuchar, hablar, interactuar, leer y escribir. El énfasis principial de este curso es la comunicación, por lo que la asistencia a clase es esencial.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Español Intermedio I es un curso de tres créditos dirigido a alumnos que hayan completado un año de español en la universidad o cursos equivalentes. En este curso los alumnos aprenderán a narrar en los principales marcos temporales, así como a reconocer los usos del subjuntivo para la expresión de diferentes grados de certeza, de deseos y de consejos.

    Intermediate Spanish I is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed a year of college Spanish or its equivalent. In this course, the students will learn to narrate in the main time-frames, as well as to recognize the different uses of the subjunctive mood in the expression of different degrees of certainty, of wishes and of advices.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Intermedio II es un curso diseñado para alumnos que hayan completado un año y medio de español en la universidad o cursos equivalentes y quieran aprender a utilizar la lengua con mayor complejidad sintáctica y corrección gramatical que en cursos anteriores, haciendo especial énfasis en el cambio de marcos temporales y en la expresión de hipótesis y de diferentes grados de certeza.

    Intermediate II is a course designed for students who have completed a year and a half of college Spanish or its equivalent and want to learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish

Track II (12 credits total)—Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Español Intermedio I es un curso de tres créditos dirigido a alumnos que hayan completado un año de español en la universidad o cursos equivalentes. En este curso los alumnos aprenderán a narrar en los principales marcos temporales, así como a reconocer los usos del subjuntivo para la expresión de diferentes grados de certeza, de deseos y de consejos.

    Intermediate Spanish I is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed a year of college Spanish or its equivalent. In this course, the students will learn to narrate in the main time-frames, as well as to recognize the different uses of the subjunctive mood in the expression of different degrees of certainty, of wishes and of advices.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish200-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Intermedio II es un curso diseñado para alumnos que hayan completado un año y medio de español en la universidad o cursos equivalentes y quieran aprender a utilizar la lengua con mayor complejidad sintáctica y corrección gramatical que en cursos anteriores, haciendo especial énfasis en el cambio de marcos temporales y en la expresión de hipótesis y de diferentes grados de certeza.

    Intermediate II is a course designed for students who have completed a year and a half of college Spanish or its equivalent and want to learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Este es un curso de tercer año de español para alumnos que ya han completado dos años de español en la universidad o su equivalente. El peso del curso recae en mejorar las habilidades escritas de los alumnos, con el análisis primero y la producción después, de diferentes tipos de textos. Asimismo, se revisarán una serie de puntos gramaticales con objeto de ir ampliando y afinando la competencia gramatical de los alumnos. La lectura extensiva de una novela corta acompañará y hará de refuerzo de la instrucción recibida.

    This is a third year couse for students who have completed two years of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a short novel will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Composition II is designed for students with 5 semester of college level Spanish language Study. The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis first and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

    Composición II está diseñado para estudiantes con 5 semestre de nivel universitario español estudio. El objetivo de este curso es mejorar estudiante escrito primero de capacidades mediante el análisis y la posterior producción de diferentes tipos de textos. Además, un número de temas gramaticales se revisarán a fin de mejorar y perfeccionar la competencia gramatical de estudiante.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Spanish

Track III (9 credits total)—Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Este es un curso de tercer año de español para alumnos que ya han completado dos años de español en la universidad o su equivalente. El peso del curso recae en mejorar las habilidades escritas de los alumnos, con el análisis primero y la producción después, de diferentes tipos de textos. Asimismo, se revisarán una serie de puntos gramaticales con objeto de ir ampliando y afinando la competencia gramatical de los alumnos. La lectura extensiva de una novela corta acompañará y hará de refuerzo de la instrucción recibida.

    This is a third year couse for students who have completed two years of Spanish at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a short novel will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Composition II is designed for students with 5 semester of college level Spanish language Study. The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis first and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

    Composición II está diseñado para estudiantes con 5 semestre de nivel universitario español estudio. El objetivo de este curso es mejorar estudiante escrito primero de capacidades mediante el análisis y la posterior producción de diferentes tipos de textos. Además, un número de temas gramaticales se revisarán a fin de mejorar y perfeccionar la competencia gramatical de estudiante.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Este curso de español de nivel avanzado ha sido diseñado para alumnos que ya hayan completado tres años de español y, aunque no presenten problemas de comunicación para realizar tareas cotidianas, precisen perfeccionar su control sobre los diferentes registros del español oral y escrito. Asimismo, este curso ofrece a los alumnos a la oportunidad de ampliar su vocabulario en ámbitos más específicos y técnicos y de mejorar la precisión gramatical en su producción tanto oral como escrita.

    This advanced level course of Spanish has been designed for students who have completed three years of Spanish and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

Track IV (6 credits total)—Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    Este curso de español de nivel avanzado ha sido diseñado para alumnos que ya hayan completado tres años de español y, aunque no presenten problemas de comunicación para realizar tareas cotidianas, precisen perfeccionar su control sobre los diferentes registros del español oral y escrito. Asimismo, este curso ofrece a los alumnos a la oportunidad de ampliar su vocabulario en ámbitos más específicos y técnicos y de mejorar la precisión gramatical en su producción tanto oral como escrita.

    This advanced level course of Spanish has been designed for students who have completed three years of Spanish and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

  • Spring
    Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

    El curso Español Avanzado II (SPN 411) ha sido diseñado para alumnos que ya hayan completado más de tres años de español y, aunque no presenten problemas de comunicación para realizar tareas cotidianas, precisen perfeccionar su control sobre los diferentes registros del español oral y escrito. Asimismo, este curso le ofrece al alumno la oportunidad de mejorar la coherencia y cohesión de su producción tanto oral como escrita y su corrección gramatical.

    Advanced Spanish II (SPN 411) has been designed for students who have completed more than three years of Spanish and although they may manage in daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer them the opportunity to enhance the coherence and cohesion of their production, and to improve their grammatical accuracy.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Spanish

    Spring Semester

    Language and Literature Electives

    Taught in Spanish

    • Spring
      Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

      Optional three-credit course that complements the development of linguistic competences at the upper division level. There will be a special focus on oral skills and linguistic functions.

      Curso opcional de tres créditos destinado a desarrollar las habilidades lingüísticas que se van adquiriendo en los otros cursos de nivel trescientos o cuatrocientos, haciendo especial hincapié en las destrezas orales y en las funciones lingüísticas

      Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

    • Spring
      Spanish300-level3 creditsTaught 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
      ArtFilmSpanish300-level3 creditsTaught in Spanish

      This course proposes to present a Pan-American vision of Latin American cinema from 1950 to the present. Using a historical perspective, the course will reveal the relationships established between societies and cinema, observing how these links are made in different aesthetics, expressing different cinematographic language and content. In this way, the cultural imagery which has formed part of the artistic tradition of the continent will be analyzed.

      Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

    • Spring
      Spanish400-level3 creditsTaught 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

    • Spring
      JournalismSpanish300-level3 creditsTaught 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

    Courses are taught in English unless noted in Spanish; courses taught in Spanish are for students in Track III and above unless otherwise indicated.

    • Spring
      EconomicsPolitical Science400-level3 creditsTaught 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-level3 creditsTaught in English

      This course will focus on the diverse indigenous Cultures of Southern Chile (Patagonian Cultures, Mapuche, etc.) as well as the Polynesian culture of Rapa Nui. It will provide an insight into the basics of these societies and how the Western world has changed dramatically their way of living and traditions, since the first contacts between these two worlds.

    • Spring
      Dance100-level1 creditTaught 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.

      Taught in Spanish but appropriate for all

    • Spring
      Political ScienceSociology400-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Description not available at this time.
    • Spring
      HistoryPolitical Science400-level3 creditsTaught in English

      Political regimes are an essential ingredient to understand economic development. It is widely believed that democracy is the primary vehicle to foster economic development. However, democracy is not a natural state of affairs in Latin America. Since its independence in the early nineteenth century, authoritarian regimes have been rather the rule than the exception. However, since the latest wave of democratization of the late twentieth century, democracy appears to have gained a firm clout in Latin American societies. Despite economic and political instability – and even crisis –, the core values of democracy have been far more resilient than many observers would have believed. At the same time, the so-called “pink-tide” of the early 2000s has been witness to various on-going political experiments of democratization. However, various authoritarian streaks beg the question to what extent these experiments can be regarded democratic regimes.

      At the same time, Latin America’s experience with economic and political development suggests that the relationship between democracy and economic development isn’t that clear or obvious.

      In this course we will study Latin America’s recent experience with democracy. Specifically, we will assess the degree to which the pink-tide has contributed to the democratization and its relationship with economic performance using a multidisciplinary methodological approach.

    • Spring
      AnthropologyHistorySpanish300-level3 creditsTaught 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 Science400-level3 creditsTaught 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

    • Spring
      Journalism400-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Description not available at this time.
    • Spring
      Spanish200-level1 creditTaught in English

      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

    • Spring
      AnthropologyWomen's Studies / Gender Studies400-level3 creditsTaught 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

    Deepen your academic experience through a 1-credit field study course where you will explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of a distinctive region of Chile through carefully planned excursions. These experiences combined with academic components (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc.) deepen your understanding of the sites and locales visited. To participate, students are required to enroll in the field study course and complete the assigned work. This course cannot be taken as an audit and counts as part of your credit load. Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run. In the fall semester, the field study will go to Northern Chile; in spring it will be in Southern Chile.

    Internships

    It is important to note that most spring semester internships start in March, due to the Chilean summer break, and are therefore only eligible for 1-2 credits.

    USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development and are counted as part of your credit load. Students are placed in a Spanish-speaking environment, with high exposure to culture and language, and must be able to communicate at an advanced language level. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

    Santiago internships fall into the broad categories of education, social welfare, museums, and hotel/hospitality. Previous placements have included: teaching English; communication, broadcasting and design in non-profit institutions; giving workshops to children; and leading spare time activities to children affected by cancer and psychiatric disabilities. Other internship sites are possible. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

    Eligibility: enrollment in the Santiago program, a minimum GPA of 3.0, Track III or IV Spanish proficiency, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

    Quick Details

    2020-21 App. Cycle

    Spring: Open

    2021-22 App. Cycle

    Summer programs: Open

    Fall/Yearlong: Open

    Spring: Open

    Eligibility

    Minimum 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

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