Spring 1 2020: Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies

Courses

Course list Spring 1 2020: Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies

Spring 1 2020: Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Environmental Studies (January 4, 2020 - March 28, 2020)
Catalog Code: VSJW1120


 

Veritas Courses

Students have the option to enroll in the 1-3 credit Veritas International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum and/or the 3 credit Veritas course. If studentas choose to enroll in either or both courses they will pay the following fee for an additional transcript from California Baptist University. 

Additional California Baptist Transcript Fee = $300

NOTE: Fee is per term not per course.
Both Veritas courses are optional.

 

International Mission/Service-Learning Practicum (1-3 Credits)

ALL Veritas Students have the opportunity to earn 1-3 college credits for the International Missions/Service-learning Practicum (IMSP).  Students that choose to receive credit will receive a transcript from California Baptist University and pay Veritas the transcript fee listed above.

The practicum will enrich the program and mission experience through reflection assignments, research, and journaling. Participation is required in order to enhance the mission experience. Students will receive one credit upon completing the assignments and service participation. Students may elect to submit a log of hours for up to two additional credits. (Download syllabus here).

 

Cross-Cultural Leadership (3 credits)

Depending on enrollment, students will have the option to take a 3 credit course ONLY available to Veritas students.  ONLY available for semester programs.

This course examines the impact of culture on concepts of leadership, values, expectations, and patterns of communication to demonstrate the importance of leading with cultural sensitivity and to assist students in developing their own strategies for effectively communicating and negotiating with individuals from varied cultures; especially when it relates to a cross-cultural ministry perspective. Study is also devoted to the development and current conditions of minority/majority relations through the study of socio-political and economic causes; consequences of prejudice and discrimination; stereotypes and realities. (Download syllabus here)

*This course only runs if the minimum enrollment is met.  Check with your program manager to confirm.

 

Cross-Cultural Engagement Certificate & Badge Program 

The ISA-Veritas Cross-Cultural Engagement Certificate has been designed to recognize the activities and achievements you complete on your program while encouraging professional and spiritual development. All students have the opportunity toearn the Cross-Cultural Engagement Certificate upon completion of the Leadership, Cultural Explorer and Storyteller badges. This is an alternative credit and does not come on the California Baptist Transcript mentioned above. 

*There is no additional charge for the Certificate & Badge Program and is automatically included in every Veritas program. 

 

Course options at Universidad Veritas

 

Contact Hours

188 - 300

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 19

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 30

Students will be able to enroll in four courses at the Universidad Veritas. All 80-hour Spanish courses will be held in the mornings, whereas the 60 and 48 hour electives will be held in the afternoons. Students can either take three 80-hour modular courses and one elective, two 80-hour modular courses and two electives, one 80-hour modular course and three electives, or four electives during this program. If you have not completed a college semester or quarter of Spanish or the equivalent, ISA strongly recommends you to choose a Spanish module as one of your courses. 

  • 80-hour Spanish Language courses
    80-hour Spanish courses are 4-week long, intensive modular courses and are completed sequentially. Students can enroll in up to three 80-hour courses.
  • 60-hour courses
    60-hour electives offered by the university may include a field study component at no extra cost to the student. Because of the schedule of these field trips, students are typically only able to enroll in one or two such courses per program. These 60-hour electives run throghout the duration of the trimester. Please contact the site specialist with any questions.
  • 48-hour courses
    48-hour electives run throughout the duration of the semester. There are electives available in English and in Spanish. 
  • Language Level Placement
    All students enrolling in a language course above the Beginner level must take a Spanish language placement exam prior to departure. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level and determine the courses in which the student is eligible to enroll.
  • Course Level Recommendations
    ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are soley based on the host university's input, but are not necessarily representative of course levels at your home university. At Veritas University, course codes are composed of two parts: an alpha code indicating the discipline or field of study and a numeric code that indicates the type of course and level. The first number indicates the level or degree of complexity of ongoing research. Courses that start with a 1 are introductory courses or beginner level language acquisition courses. Courses that start with a 2 are courses that require more hours of independent study and are intermediate level language acquisition courses. Courses that start with a 3 are courses that require research and presentations, have field trips or visits requiring reports, and are advanced level language acquisition courses. Courses that start with a 4 have a very similar level to level 3 courses, but usually are "specialty areas" within a discipline. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to your San José Site Specialist.
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True Beginning
Courses:

Four-Week Language & Culture Classes/Modules

Courses:
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: True Beginning
Beginning Spanish for Health Professionals [SSP 141]
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Beginning
Courses:

Four-Week Language & Culture Classes/Modules

Courses:
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: Beginning
Lower Division
Beginning Grammar and Conversation (Level 1) [SPN101]
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: Beginning
Lower Division
Beginning Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals (Jan/Jun/Jul/Oct Only) [SPN151]
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High Beginning
Courses:

Elective Courses in Spanish

Courses:
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Beginning
Lower Division
Basic Spanish Oral Communication [SPN1002]

Four-Week Language & Culture Classes/Modules

Courses:
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Beginning
Lower Division
Beginning Grammar and Conversation (Level 2) [SPN102]
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Intermediate
Courses:

Four-Week Language & Culture Classes/Modules

Courses:
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: Intermediate
Lower Division
Intermediate Grammar and Conversation (Level 1) [SPN201]
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: Intermediate
Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals [SSP 241]
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: Intermediate
Lower Division
Intermediate Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals (Jan/Jun/Jul/Oct Only) [SPN251]
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High Intermediate
Courses:

Elective Courses in Spanish

Courses:
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Intermediate \ Advanced
Upper Division
Phonetics and Phonology [SPN3050]

Four-Week Language & Culture Classes/Modules

Courses:
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Intermediate
Lower Division
Intermediate Grammar and Conversation (Level 2) [SPN202]
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Intermediate
Lower Division
Intermediate Spanish Conversation [SPN210]
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Advanced
Courses:

Elective Courses in Spanish

Courses:
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Upper Division
Contemporary Costa Rican Women Writers [SPN4110]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Introduction to Literary Analysis [SPN 3000]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Introduction to Translation [SPN 3070]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Upper Division
Latin American Dialectology [SPN3520]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Upper Division
Latin American Literature in Film [SPN4390]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Upper Division
Selected Readings in Latin American Literature [SPN3020]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Selected Topics in Spanish Literature [SPN 4330]

Four-Week Language & Culture Classes/Modules

Courses:
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Upper Division
Advanced Grammar and Conversation (Level 1) [SPN301]
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Advanced Spanish for Health Professionals [SSP 341]
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Upper Division
Advanced Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals (Jun/Jul/Oct/Jan Only) [SPN351]
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Upper Division
Business Spanish [SPN304]
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High Advanced
Courses:

Four-Week Language & Culture Classes/Modules

Courses:
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Advanced
Upper Division
Advanced Composition [SPN410]
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Advanced
Upper Division
Advanced Grammar and Conversation (Level 2) [SPN302]
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Advanced
Upper Division
Advanced Spanish Conversation [SPN310]
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Advanced
Upper Division
Cultural Heritage in Latin America [SPN3200]
80 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Advanced
Upper Division
Techniques of Oral Expression [SPN340]
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Taught In English
Courses:

Elective Courses in English

Courses:
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems [ENV4030]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice [ART 2100]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Lower Division
Basic Principles of Drawing [ART1301]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Biotechnology and Sustainability [ENV 4100]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations [ENV3740]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Conservation Biology of Endangered Marine Species [ENV3160]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Contemporary Latin American History [HIS 2302]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Costa Rica Colloquium: History and Culture [HUM3513]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Costa Rican Environmental Policy [POL3420]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Costa Rican Tradition: Peace and Democracy [POL3100]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Creative Conflict Resolution [COMM3070]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Creative Leadership Skills [MGMT3030]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Lower Division
Cultural Photography [PHOT2130]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Cultural Psychology [PSY3050]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Documentary Appreciation [CTV3400]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Ecological Photography [PHOT 2100]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Ecotourism: The Costa Rica Case [GEB3500]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management [GEB 3120]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Environmental Awareness and Sustainable Development [ENV4040]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Environmental Impact and Social Development [ENV3005]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Freshwater Ecology [ENV3170]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Gender and Sustainable Development [SUSD3100]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
History of Latin American Architecture and Art [ARCH 3112]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Human Rights in Latin America [POL 2500]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Intercultural Communication and Competence [COMM3200]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
International Marketing [MKTG3010]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
International Relations in Latin America [POL 3450]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Introduction to Genetics: Current Applications [ENV2500]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Introduction to International Business [GEB3350]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Introduction to International Economics in Latin America [ECON3403]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Introduction to Law Enforcement in Costa Rica [SOCY 2100]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Land Vertebrates of Costa Rica [ENV3120]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
LGBTQ Diversity and Sexual Identity in Latin America [SOCY 3050]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Major World Religions [THEO 3150]
Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Marine Mammals of Costa Rica [ENV 3200]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Marine Molecular Biology [ENV3020]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Migration, Globalization and Social Change [POL 3220]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Lower Division
Mural Painting and Public Art [ART2130]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Philosophy and Integrated Thought of the Classic World [PHIL3100]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Renewable Energy and Resource Management [MGMT 3020]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Selected Topics in Afro-Caribbean Studies [ETH3100]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Service Sector Management [MGMT 3000]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Sustainability and Resources Management in the Ancient World [HIS-3200]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Sustainable Consumption and Production [MKTG3150]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Sustainable Lifestyles [SUSD 3000]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Lower Division
Theory of Latin American Tropical Dance [DNCE2500]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Tropical Architecture and Design [ARCH 3200]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Tropical Birds (Ornithology) [ENV 3100]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Tropical Botany: Useful Plants [ENV 3150]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Tropical Ecology [ENV3044]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Tropical Marine Biology [ENV3190]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Wildcats of Costa Rica [ENV3060]

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

60 contact hour courses at the Universidad Veritas typically require class field trips throughout the semester. Therefore, students are not likely to be able to take more than two such courses, as the field trips are run on the same weekends. Please inquire with the Site Specialist should you need to take more than two 60 contact hour courses.

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