Latin American History
- Taught in Spanish, this course will cover the development of Hispanic and Portuguese America from the age of discovery to the present. Seville is a particularly appropriate place to study this subject. EXPO '92 celebrated the 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyages, which set sail from Seville, the first port and for many years the only port authorized for voyages to the new world. Seville is the permanent home of the Archives of the Indies. Prerequisite: 5 semesters of college-level Spanish.
History of Spain
- Taught in English, this course will examine Spain's historical development from the coming of the Bourbon dynasty in the early 18th century until the present. Special attention will be paid to important historical topics, such as the Enlightenment, the Napoleonic Wars, the fall of absolute monarchy, the various military uprisings of the 19th century and the industrialization process. The last part of the course will analyze the Spanish Civil War, the Franco Regime and the present constitutional monarchy.
History and Culture of Islamic Spain
- Taught in English, this course is an introduction to the Islamic period of Spanish history. It will briefly survey Islamic origins, geographical and spiritual, the major tenets of the Islamic faith and its position in relation to the two monotheistic faiths which preceded it. The major achievements of Spanish Islamic civilization will be considered within the framework of dynastic history, but emphasis throughout will be upon cultural, scientific and technological developments and innovations. The course will end with a discussion of how the Islamic presence in the Iberian peninsula affected and still affects Spanish attitudes and conceptions of the Spanish past.
Twentieth-Century Spanish History
- Taught in Spanish, this course will examine the main themes in 20th-century Spanish history, including the Spirit of '98; Spain and World War I; the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera; the Second Republic; the Civil War; the new order under Franco; Spain's international isolation; the transition through King Juan Carlos I and the arrival of democracy; and the latest developments under a socialist government. Prerequisite: 5 semesters of college-level Spanish.