Spring 1 2021: Environmental Studies, Health Care, Liberal Arts & Spanish Language

Courses

Course list Spring 1 2021: Environmental Studies, Health Care, Liberal Arts & Spanish Language

Spring 1 2021: Environmental Studies, Health Care, Liberal Arts & Spanish Language (January 2, 2021 - March 27, 2021)
Catalog Code: VSJW1121

Eligibility

Minimum GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

Minimum Admissions Prerequisites

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

To participate in this program, you must be 18 years of age or older.

 

ISA Veritas Courses

All ISA Veritas semester students will take their traditional courses at the ISA host institution in addition to one 3-credit ISA Veritas course. Students will choose one of the two courses below. The courses will include students from across all ISA Veritas locations. The Comparative Religions course will be online, and the International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum will be online/on-site. 
 
Comparative Religions (HUM 353)
This course is an introduction to the major religious traditions of the world—particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and indigenous, new, and secular religions. The historical development, key figures, as well as major doctrines and practices are explored.
 
International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum (HUM 490)
This course provides upper division service-learning credit for international missions projects, an extended missions experience designed to acquaint students with the implementation of missions principles in an international context through ISA Veritas Christian Study Abroad programs.

 

Course options at Universidad Veritas

Contact Hours

48 - 240

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

3 - 15

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

4 - 24

Academic Information

COURSE SELECTION
The program price includes tuition for one course (3 semester credits). If you are interested in enrolling in more than one course, please speak with the ISA Costa Rica Program Manager about additional fees.

The courses below are all offered online. Those with an optional fieldwork component (to be conducted in Costa Rica, at the end of the program, for an additional fee) are noted.  If you are unable to travel to Costa Rica to complete the fieldwork component the course will be 3 credits, instead of 4 credits. In addition, if you sign up for multiple courses with a fieldwork component, the schedule of these trips may mean that you can only participate in one.

Please note that ISA cannot guarantee course placement and availability. For this reason, we ask all students to consider alternate courses in the event that their preferred courses are not available.

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 based on the host university's input, but are not necessarily representative of course levels at your home university. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions. 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 courses.

Courses that start with a 2 are courses that require more hours of independent study and are intermediate-level language courses.

Courses that start with a 3 are courses that require research and presentations and are advanced-level language courses.

Courses that start with a 4 have a very similar level to level 3 courses, but usually are "specialty areas" within a discipline. 

SYLLABI
Requests for sample syllabi can be made to your San José Program Manager. 

TRANSCRIPTS
The transcript from the Universidad Veritas will reflect contact hours for each course listed below.  Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program.

 

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True Beginning
Courses:

Four-Week Language & Culture Classes/Modules

Courses:
60 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:
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Beginning
Lower Division
Beginning Grammar and Conversation (Level 1) [SPN101]
60 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:
60 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:
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Intermediate
Lower Division
Intermediate Grammar and Conversation (Level 1) [SPN201]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Intermediate
Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals [SSP 241]
60 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:
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Intermediate
Lower Division
Intermediate Grammar and Conversation (Level 2) [SPN202]
60 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:
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Upper Division
Advanced Grammar and Conversation (Level 1) [SPN301]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Advanced Spanish for Health Professionals [SSP 341]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Upper Division
Advanced Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals (Jun/Jul/Oct/Jan Only) [SPN351]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Advanced
Upper Division
Business Spanish [SPN304]
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High Advanced
Courses:

Four-Week Language & Culture Classes/Modules

Courses:
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Advanced
Upper Division
Advanced Composition [SPN410]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Advanced
Upper Division
Advanced Grammar and Conversation (Level 2) [SPN302]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Advanced
Upper Division
Advanced Spanish Conversation [SPN310]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: High Advanced
Upper Division
Cultural Heritage in Latin America [SPN3200]
60 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
Lower Division
Introduction to Human Anatomy [HHD 1050]
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]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Lower Division
Principles of Human Physiology [HHD 2100]
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]

Four-Week Language & Culture Classes/Modules

Courses:
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Lower Division
Holistic Health Approaches [HHD1050]

Health Care Electives

Courses:
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Conflict Resolution and Health Care [HHD3070]
60 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Upper Division
Costa Rican Healthcare and Tropical Medicine [HIS3293]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Health and Nutrition: A Sustainability Approach [HHD 1070]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Lower Division
Health Psychology [PSY2200]
48 Contact Hours
Language Level: Taught in English
Physical Therapy and Rehab Exercises for Common Sports Injuries [HHD 1020]

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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