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.

Courses Offerings in Rome, Italy:

Angels, Demons & Artists in Rome: Art through the Ages

This class satisfies a 3-credit Arts (ART) UCORE. The class will be similar to an art history, archaeology, or history course.

Description: "What is the secret meaning of Leonardo's "Last Supper" and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? What is the myth behind the haunting of the Colosseum? Who was part of the roaring crowds of Circus Maximus and where was Caesar murdered? The Angels, Demons and Artists in Rome course examines the cryptic messages of art and architecture in Rome. The course is taught entirely onsite at famous monuments such as Piazza Navona and the Four Rivers Fountain, the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums. Students will creep into crypts, learn about mystical symbols and conspiracies and interpret clues that lead to bizarre discoveries and encounters in Rome. We will discuss the influence of politicians and artists like Julius Caesar, Isaac Newton, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo and decipher the power of images and influence of secret societies like Opus Dei in Rome's politics."

Critical Perspectives on Italy: Contemporary Culture & Society

This class satisfies a 3-credit Social Sciences (SSCI) UCORE. The class will be similar to a sociology or anthropology 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 socio-political 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."

Course offerings in Seville, Spain:

Popular Culture in Spain: Andalusia

This class satisfies a 3-credit elective. The class will be similar to a cultural studies or sociology course.

Description: "Popular Culture in Andalusia includes a wide range of themes pertinent to a better understanding of Spanish folklore and personality: history, art, regional differences, politics, habits, social values, traditions, etc. Andalusia has a unique contact with Mediterranean, European and African cultures. The class evolves around a number of on-site study excursions that provides students with a more vivid experience of the Andalusian culture adding an experiential component to the course content. The study excursions articulate the structure of the whole course and provide most of the main topics of the class. The course also focuses on a number of other themes that are illustrated by means of texts, images, art works and daily objects."

Communication & Global Competence

This class satisfies a 3-credit Diversity (DIVR) UCORE. The class will be similar to a 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."