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First-Generation Abroad

First-Generation Abroad students will enroll in two courses taught at the CEA study center by local professors.

Taking a total of six credits will allow students to qualify for summer financial aid and scholarships. First-Generation Abroad advisors do their best to ensure all classes will transfer back to WSU as UCORE credits. Otherwise, the classes will transfer back as electives. As a reminder, each major has room for electives. All students need to earn a minimum of 120 credits to earn a degree from WSU. All classes are taught in English.

Course Offerings in Rome, Italy:

Critical Perspectives on Italy: Contemporary Society & Culture

This class satisfies a 3-credit Social Science (SSCI) UCORE/Upper Division Elective. The class will be similar to a anthropology or sociology course.

Description: "This course provides you with an interactive experience of contemporary life in Italy, by exploring a range of defining features of this country and its people. In-class and on-site lectures will alert you to salient sociopolitical and cultural phenomena in current Italian life, triggering critical analysis and evaluation of your surroundings. In particular, you will observe and reflect on practices of identity formation, as these are expressed in class, gender, and community relations; political allegiance and conflict; cultural alignment or dissent; social solidarity and artistic innovation."

Angels, Demons, & Artists in Rome

This class satisfies a 3-credit Arts (ARTS) UCORE/Upper Division Elective. The class will be similar to art history, archaeology, classical studies, or history course.

Description: "This course is a survey of the art and architecture of Rome from classical Antiquity to the present. It will teach the basic principles of art historical analysis through an active study of monuments, buildings, and artworks within their historical context. The power of images and the messages they convey will serve as a predominant guideline to reconstruct the history of the city. Issues such as politics, patronage, gender, religion, and symbols will be examined as well as the ways these inter-relate to create identities."  

Course Offerings in Seville, Spain:

Food & Culture in Spain

This class satisfies a 3-credit Humanities (HUM) UCORE/HBM 496/Upper Division Elective. The class will be similar to a cultural studies or sociology course.

Description: "This course introduces Spanish gastronomy while focusing on the complex value codes and beliefs related to Spanish local products and their consumption. The course is divided into four parts. In the first part, students will be encouraged to define the concepts of food and culture, explore the role of cuisine in collective and individual identities, and examine how cultural food habits are created and change. This part covers the broader context that includes and sustains the way food is produced, prepared and consumed in Spain: the Mediterranean diet. The second part of the course explains the theoretical and ideological aspects of cuisine in Spain and identifies the particular characteristics of traditional Spanish cuisine. The third part of the course presents historical events that have shaped the cultural food model in Spain by exploring the influences of the Romans and the Arabs and the Columbian Exchange as the initial basis of the modern Spanish diet. The final part focuses on some of the foods that comprise the core of the Spanish diet. The course includes a number of experiential learning activities that may vary from term to term. These range from visits to local markets and wineries to a variety of workshops, including olive oil tasting, a bread workshop, and a tapas cooking workshop."

Communication & Global Competence

This class satisfies a 3-credit Diversity (DIVR) UCORE/Upper Division Elective. The class will be similar to cultural studies or communication course.

Description: "With the rise of global mobility and communication, encountering people from a variety of cultures and the need for effective communication are commonplace. This course explores the interaction between culture and communication and introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary to attain global competence. In addition, this course introduces the construct of global competence; creates the opportunity to analyze and evaluate how our own cultural identity influences communication with others; engages interaction with the host culture; and prepares students with knowledge and skills to be effective and ethical intercultural communicators. This class will include lectures, class discussions, simulations, interactive examples, case studies, media presentations, cultural encounters, and field experiences."