madrid tour SPAN 360 fall 2014

Students in SPAN 360, Madrid a Cosmopolitan City, tour the city with Prof. Lourdes Fernández

Astronomy Labs (SCI L111 and SCI L112) include a four-night trip to an astronomical observatory in the Canary Islands, where students complete a hands-on observational project. Some years, they even discovered and catalogued new celestial objects!

Anthropological Perspectives on Spain (SOC 379) includes an excursion to the Gredos Mountains. Students can learn first-hand about the ancient Celt-Iberian civilizations, as well as the remaining traces of the medieval institution or tradition of pasturing livestock – La Mesta.

Art History I and II (ARH 101 and ARH 102) make frequent class visits to world-renowned masterpieces in Madrid’s three most important art museums, known as The Golden Triangle of Art (El Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen-Bornemisza).

Environmental Biology Lab (BIO L104) and Environmental Science Lab (SCI L103) visit such diverse sites as La Sierra de Guadarrama (to study its ecosystem), El Pardo forest, Faunia wildlife refuge, as well as the Madrid zoo.

Madrid, a Cosmopolitan City (SPAN 360) helps students learn about the historical, cultural and social development of their new home. Visits include El Círculo de Bellas Artes, bike tours of the city, and tapas tours.

Politics of Spain (GVT 367) visits the Spanish senate where students can watch politicians and lawmakers in action.