SXU Sponsored Programs

Spain: Multiculturalism in Al-AndalusSpain

This course introduces students to one of the first models of multiculturalism, the system of convivencia among Jews, Muslims and Christians, in the capital of al-Andalus (Córdoba, Spain). Students will learn about Córdoba's hybrid society, tracing its development from the Middle East to North Africa and later Andalucía (Southern Spain) until its demise at the end of the 15th century. We will pay specific attention to the interreligious and intercultural relationships among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Córdoba as well as the philosophical traditions resulting from coexistence. Lectures will discuss the political, social, intellectual, and economic elements that constituted this period as well as the periods of conflict, which ended the "harmony," as we analyze practices of cultural and political exclusions put in place at the onset of nation-states.

In May, students will travel to the city of Córdoba to visit the sites related to the readings/lectures assigned during the Spring semester. We will continue learning about multiculturalism from local scholars and historians and will interact with students from Córdoba in dialogue groups. Students will also conduct research at local archives and libraries. While on site, students will complete a linguistic component, taking Spanish or Arabic at the language school of University of Córdoba (UCO Idiomas). No previous foreign language coursework is required.


ENGL 260/SPAN 392 Multiculturalism in Al-Andalus (3)
Prerequisite: SPAN 200 for Spanish taught section only

Program Details

Activity Level


Housing and Meals

Students will live with a host family.


Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minimum 30 credit hours (sophomore class standing)

Program Dates

Spring 2013 course meets every other week at the Chicago campus. Travel dates: May 11 - June 1, 2013

Program Cost


Program cost includes roundtrip airfare Chicago – Madrid, local transportation, three meals per day and group excursions. SXU tuition is not included in the program cost. Tuition associated with the Spring 2013 course is billed separately by the Bursar's Office during Spring 2013 registration.

Application Deadline

November 8, 2012

Program Faculty

Gema Ortega, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Department of English & Foreign Languages
WAC N-419
Email: ortega@sxu.edu

Alberta Gatti, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Dept. of English & Foreign Languages
WAC A-209
Phone: 773-298-5164
Email: gatti@sxu.edu