spain: humanities i in spain

HUMN 220, or 'HUMN I', is the first installment of Geneseo's Humanities-core requirement and is a required course for all Geneseo students.  This course will take place in various cities throughout Spain, including Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Córdoba, Burgos, and Santiago de Compostela.  Additionally, five days will be spent walking a portion of the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Route.


Fast Facts

Program Type: Faculty-ledTerm/Duration: Summer/4-weeksSummer 2014 Program Dates: May 19 - June 18, 2014
Credits: 4Application Fee: $20Application Deadline: October 18
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Course Details

The 4-credit hour Humanities I course is required for Geneseo students, but also satisfies the first half of the Western Civilization general education requirements of SUNY.  This course is held in Spain and will include visits to some of the world's greatest cultural centers.  The program runs in May and June (dates vary from year to year).  Students study western literature, history, culture, and institutions primarily through great works of Western European thought from Antiquity to the 1600s.  In Spain, emphasis is on the Spanish and Moorish contributions to western civilization, complemented by trips to selected sites of particular interest, guest lecturers, and specialized guides.  An exciting and unique component to this course is the opportunity to participate in the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage through nothern Spain:

The Setting

One of Europe's most fascinating cultures, Spain was founded before the Romans invaded Europe and includes the following cultural influences: Celts, Iberians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths and Moors.  The architecture of Spain is a tribute to its diverse and fascinating past and each city that we visit will highlight a different culture from aqueducts in Segovia to Islamic mosques in Córdoba and Gothic Cathedrals in Burgos.


Meetings are held on campus to prepare students for the experience.  Written information and personal communication with the program instructor and director, as well as Geneseo Study Abroad staff, will also help orient students for the trip.


Program Director: Felisa Brea, Lecturer in Geneseo's Department of Languages and Literatures, is a native of Galicia (northern Spain) and has extensive experience with the culture, history, and artistic traditions of Spain.

Course Instructor: Professor Lori Bernard, Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages and Literatures.  Dr. Bernard holds a Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature and has extensive experience with the literatures and cultures of Spain.

Program Costs

For complete cost details, download and read the HUMN I Spain Program Cost Sheet.

Estimated Total Due to Geneseo and/or home SUNY Campus: $6643.40.


  • International airfare from major east coast metro area airport.
  • Accommodations.
  • Some group meals.
  • Teaching facilities.
  • Field trips, scheduled museum and entrace fees, guided tours, guest lectures, etc.
  • Travel between cities.

Does Not Include:

  • Passport.
  • Travel from your home to major east coast metro area airport.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Flight Deviation Fee (if applicable).

Housing and Meals

Housing will be in student accommodations, hotels, and hostels.  Students will be responsible for meals on their own.  Low-cost options will be available.


Priority will be given to Geneseo students who are in good academic standing; non-Geneseo students are welcome to apply.  Applicants with a disciplinary record or pending disciplinary hearings must schedule a meeting with the Office of International Programs.

Application Deadline

October 18

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