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Students who choose to study abroad in San José through API’s Multidisciplinary and Environmental Studies Program at the Universidad Veritas have the option to focus on improving their Spanish skills, complete elective courses in English or Spanish, or both!

What's Included?

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Pre Departure Services

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Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.6 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with supporting documents (more information provided post-acceptance)

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API San José programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Monteverde

    The area around this world-famous cloud forest is idyllically pastoral, with emerald green mountain pastures grazed by black-and-white Holstein cattle. Students will hike through the rainforest during the day and will also take a night walk in order to see the fauna that only comes out at night. Lying at 1500 meters above the sea level and with a population of around 5,000 people, Monteverde is recognized worldwide for its ecological contribution in the production of oxygen and for sheltering one of the richest and more fragile ecosystems: the cloud forest. This Cloud Forest Preserve has more than 400 species of birds and more than 3000 species of plants.

  • Volcán Irazú National Park and Valle de Orosí

    At over 11,000 feet, Volcán Irazú is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Its awe-inspiring height allows visitors standing at its peak to see both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. The volcano’s name was taken from the name of an indigenous village that was built on the flanks of the volcano, Iztaru, which means “shaking thunder of the hill.” The picturesque Valle de Orosí was home to the first Spanish settlement in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

  • Monteverde

    The area around this world-famous cloud forest is idyllically pastoral, with emerald green mountain pastures grazed by black-and-white Holstein cattle. Students will hike through the rainforest during the day and will also take a night walk in order to see the fauna that only comes out at night. Lying at 1500 meters above the sea level and with a population of around 5,000 people, Monteverde is recognized worldwide for its ecological contribution in the production of oxygen and for sheltering one of the richest and more fragile ecosystems: the cloud forest. This Cloud Forest Preserve has more than 400 species of birds and more than 3000 species of plants.

  • Volcán Irazú National Park and Valle de Orosí

    At over 11,000 feet, Volcán Irazú is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. Its awe-inspiring height allows visitors standing at its peak to see both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. The volcano’s name was taken from the name of an indigenous village that was built on the flanks of the volcano, Iztaru, which means “shaking thunder of the hill.” The picturesque Valle de Orosí was home to the first Spanish settlement in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

  • Arenal & Fortuna

    Arenal Volcano National Park is located in central Costa Rica. The park is surrounded by rainforests and cloud forests with waterfalls and hot springs (heated by the volcano) nearby.

  • Monumento Nacional Guayabo and Valle de Orosí

    This is the largest archaeological site found in Costa Rica. Largely unexplored, the area contains ancient trails, bridges, water tanks and home sites, as well as petroglyphs estimated to be about 3,000 years old. San Jose Guayabo is thought to have been inhabited from about 500 B.C. to 1400 A. D. Archeologists believe that Guayabo was an important religious and cultural center. The picturesque Valle de Orosí was home to the first Spanish settlement in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

  • Arenal & Fortuna

    Arenal Volcano National Park is located in central Costa Rica. The park is surrounded by rainforests and cloud forests with waterfalls and hot springs (heated by the volcano) nearby.

  • Monumento Nacional Guayabo and Valle de Orosí

    This is the largest archaeological site found in Costa Rica. Largely unexplored, the area contains ancient trails, bridges, water tanks and home sites, as well as petroglyphs estimated to be about 3,000 years old. San Jose Guayabo is thought to have been inhabited from about 500 B.C. to 1400 A. D. Archeologists believe that Guayabo was an important religious and cultural center. The picturesque Valle de Orosí was home to the first Spanish settlement in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 5-9 credits per session (up to 18 total)

Students who choose to study abroad in San José through API’s Multidisciplinary and Environmental Studies at the Universidad Veritas have the option to focus on improving their Spanish skills, complete elective courses in English or Spanish, or both!

TRACK 1 OPTION

Students selecting the Track 1 option will complete one course during a summer session. This course can be an intensive Spanish language course (80 contact hours) or an elective course (45 or 60 contact hours) in English or Spanish. Students selecting Track 1 for the combined session of Summer 1 & 2 may complete a maximum of two courses during their 11-week stay.

TRACK 2 OPTION

Students selecting the Track 2 option will complete two courses during a summer session. Students can elect to complete an intensive Spanish language course in combination with an elective course in Spanish or English or complete two elective courses. Students who select Track 2 for the combined session of Summer 1 & 2 may complete a maximum of four courses during their 11-week stay.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive a transcript from the Universidad Veritas upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Francy Orozco

    Francy Orozco will be your Resident Director in San Jose and a resource for you on-site.

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    Hannah Stack

    Hannah Stack will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - hannah.stack@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

All courses listed below are available during both the summer 1 and summer 2 sessions, subject to minimum enrollment targets being met. Track 1 students will select one course and Track 2 students will select two courses. Students are not obligated to complete an intensive language course and may instead select 1 or 2 electives.

CREDIT INFORMATION

The Universidad Veritas operates on the contact hour system; the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class with a professor. To determine the conversion of Costa Rican contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours per course by 15. At the Universidad Veritas, elective courses vary between 3 and 4 U.S. semester credits and language courses can equate to 3-5 U.S. semester credits.

Basic Spanish I

This course is an introduction to Spanish for beginners with no previous knowledge of the language. Students develop basic linguistic skills necessary in order to communicate in common situations. The course covers basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, communicative expressions and frequent situations in settings such as restaurants, stores, buses and others. Emphasis is given to understanding, speaking, reading and cross-cultural perspectives.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Basic Spanish II

This course is for students who have completed a minimum of 60 contact hours in Spanish studies and already have a command of elementary grammatical tenses. Students advance their previous experiential knowledge and further develop their oral, reading, written and listening skills. Students expand their vocabulary and language usage in order to facilitate interaction with the Costa Rican environment and be able to express themselves in the past.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish I

Students in this course should have a good command of communicative skills for everyday situations and a structural command of the present tense. The objective of this course is to develop the student’s oral and written skills and emphasizes more complex grammatical structures. Students should develop a good command of all past indicative tenses.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish II

This course emphasizes discourse enrichment, specifically related to description and simple narrations. The content of the course includes vocabulary building and detailed wok with the subjunctive mode and other complex grammatical structures. Students also learn idiomatic expressions used in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Conversational Spanish

This course is for students who already have a high intermediate level of Spanish and wish to better their communication skills and pronunciation. The course emphasizes situational, everyday conversations and certain cultural issues. The methodology enhances structured speech to provide a firm foundation in patterns of spoken Spanish with progression toward unstructured conversation.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish I

This course is based on grammatical analysis, expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions through readings, and student compositions at a complex level. The objective is for students to acquire a high level of communicative Spanish that will permit them to express their opinions and thoughts on complex and controversial subjects.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish II

This course is designed for students who wish to perfect their oral and written skills. Students should have a high linguistic level and full knowledge of grammatical structures in order to work on polishing stylistics. Students practice narrative constructions, reactions within non-expected contexts, and how to report compiled information. The course also covers important aspects of myths, as well as cultural issues in Latin America.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced 2  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Oral Expression Techniques

This course focuses on advanced communication and presentation skills. Students work on communication techniques and efficient oral expression in formal contexts.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Writing

This course is for high advanced-level students who want to further develop their written skills through different composition practices and techniques. The course covers complex and difficult questions of syntax. Special attention is given to stylistics and composition structure.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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ARCH 3112 – History of Latin American Architecture and Art

A chronological overview of the main inventions and influences that contributed to the making of past and present architecture in Latin America, analyzing the artistic manifestations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ARCH 3200 – Tropical Architecture and Design

This course teaches students to develop the skill to analyze a particular architectural situation and be able to offer adequate design solutions that will guarantee a good quality environment. It is offered to all students with no previous knowledge of design projection and means of graphic expression, who want to learn about tropical design.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ART 1301 – Basic Principles of Drawing

This studio art course introduces basic principles of drawing. The course includes model drawings, landscape drawings, and experimental (abstract) drawings. The focus of this course is on the development of expression and observational drawing from still life, a model, and landscapes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2100 – Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice

This course is designed for the beginner student to help find personal meaning in works of art and develop a better understanding of the nature and validity of art as visual and space language (line, shape, volume, light, space, time, motion, color, and texture). This means that you will learn about the essentials of art through experience and experimentation. Through determination and an open mind, you will increase your creativity and discover more interesting ways to understand and judge the visual arts. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in the artwork. With a willingness to work and an open mind, your experiences in this class will be memorable in a positive way. Upon completion, students should understand the basics of art materials used and have a basic overview of the history of art and how art represents its society, especially, Latin American culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2130 – Mural Painting and Public Art

This studio art course introduces theoretical and practical aspects of large-scale painting, murals, and public art. The course includes an actual practicum in large-scale media and experimentation of early and contemporary techniques including drawing, fresco, painting, aerosol and various industrial materials. The objective of this course is for students to develop understanding about some of the social roles of art and the impact of murals in communities, based on its historical and contemporary applications. The course will enable the student to control scale, color, specific techniques and safety measures aimed at public spaces. Students will incorporate a Service Learning component by either conducting a collective workshop with children from a rural location or actually painting a collective mural as a donation to a community. The Students fine arts background will help with the complexity of the final collective project but the course does not require previous painting knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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CTV 3400 – Documentary Appreciation

Documentary Appreciation will focus on the critical analysis of audiovisual documentaries, exploring film and photography mediums in traditional and new media. Class interactions will comprise academic learning, viewing and discussion of material, practical exercises and written assignments.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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DNCE 2500 – Introduction to Latin American Tropical Dance

This course explores the technique, rhythm and movement style of Latin American Tropical dance. History, anthropology, folklore videos and songs are part of this experiential course. This course will provide students with a general overview and a better understanding of the folklore and history of Latin American dance. They should also be acquainted with some of the basic rhythms in various countries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENG 150 – College Writing

This course is for the development of basic invention practices such as brainstorming, free writing, outlining, and journaling. Students will have to develop skills in personal narrative, exposition, as well as analytical, descriptive, argumentative writing. The course works with the process-based writing and also explores creative sources such as reading, thinking, analyzing, and discussion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

ETH 3100 – Selected Topics in Afro-Caribbean Studies

This course examines a particular topic, theme, issue, or problem concerning the Black presence in Costa Rica and Central America. Sample offerings could include Central America and ethnic politics, history, and Culture, Blacks in Central American governments, Contemporary Black literature, History of the Black experience in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PFA 3000 – Performing Arts Production Workshop

This workshop is a studio class in which participants explore – and practice – the distinctive components of the production, mounting, and staging of an acted/choreographed/musicalized production. This course gives participants a rare opportunity to develop their competencies for the performing arts. Our goal is to explore artistic risk-taking in an uplifting environment. The heart of the program is teaching young aspiring performers – and participants in general – how to deliver a performance that connects deeply and authentically with themselves and their audience.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

PHIL-3100 Philosophy and Integrated Thought of the Classical World

This course is an overview of the history and selected concepts in major eastern and western philosophical movements and systems from ancient to the middle age periods. Students will reflect on certain topics such as mind-body, concept of God, knowledge of self and others, predestination and free will, cause and effect and other fundamental ideas in classical knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PHOT 2100 – Ecological Photography

This course offers general and basic knowledge and skills about the possibilities and stages of digital photography applied to ecological exploration. Through practice exercises and field trips students will apply the information provided in lectures. Students will be able to consciously create and manipulate digital photographic images while exploring Costa Rican ecological systems.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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PHOT 2130 – Cultural Photography

The course offers the acquisition of basic photographic skills as a means of cultural exploration. Through practice exercises and field trips aiming to apply the information provided through lectures, students will consciously explore Costa Rican culture through the creation of photographic images and essays. Students will be able to consciously create photographs that document aspects of Costa Rican Culture through Portraiture and Landscapes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SOCY-3050 Diversity and Sexual Identity in Latin America

This course will study the LGBTQ+ community and related social issues in the Latin American Context. Special attention will be given to the Costa Rican case study where sexuality, identity, expression, health, community, family, and other social, political and lifestyle issues will be discussed. This course offers students one of the only opportunities to study LGBTQ+ Latin American dynamics and issues. It is one of the first of its kind in the region and a pioneering offer for study abroad students in the Costa Rican setting. This is a young, but growing field of study in Latin America and defiantly one that deserves much attention, especially as the Latin American region is home to some of the most homophobic countries in the world and at the same time undergoing radical change in terms of its acceptance of the complete spectrum of sexuality and identity expression. This course has three main objectives: 1) students will be invited to explore LGBTQ+ Latin American community issues, 2) to appreciate how particular countries are advancing in relation to equality before the law while studying the social groups pushing for change, and 3) to critically assess present-day contexts that are struggling with recently developed anti-discriminatory frameworks.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3100 – Habitudes: Habits and Attitudes from Emerging Christian Leadership

In this course, the instructor with use the book “habits: shaping the leadership habits and attitude of the image” to guide the team to discuss. In today’s society, students cannot just seek to survive in school. If campus life is to prepare students to meet the unknown future, they must learn to lead. This means that they must first lead themselves, in the field of their interest, such as the leader of the general thinking. Over the past six years, the “Leadership Growth” program of the Higher Education Institute, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation, has conducted a survey of thousands of students from the new millennium. We will also study the development of the student leadership in-depth study.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3120 – Revolution, Spirituality, and Religion in Latin America

This course provides students with a panoramic view of the influence of gods and religions on Latin America. The Latin American region represents some of the richest religions in the world, and religiosity runs through the entire Latin American continent, including Brazilian Budu to teach emerging Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The region also has a significant impact on sustainable development and ecological thinking. The course will review the Latin American region’s successful combination of religion and sustainable development and the most influential thinkers, such as Leonardo Boff. The course also covers historical analysis and the impact of various tendencies on cultural, social and political aspects of Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3150 – Major World Religions

In this course, we will study the world’s major religions: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. We will discuss the following questions: What is the core belief? Is there a future? What is the expectation of religious believers? Each religion represents the people of God, and understanding the different worldviews of religion will help us to better respect and love religion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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COMM 3070 – Creative Conflict Resolution

A multicultural, gender-sensitive course is designed for students who wish to learn strategies and techniques in thought and behavior transformations for conflict resolution. The course focuses on techniques to bring about positive focused changes through continuous experiences in community building and self-improvement. The course is based on the Alternatives to Violence Project; a program started in NY State in the seventies. Fundacion CEPPA, Center for Peace Studies, has implemented this program in Costa Rica, Switzerland, and other Latin American countries since 1990. Using a participatory and interactive methodology, the emphasis is made on the following themes: Self-esteem and self-care, communication skills, cooperation, community building and conflict resolution, including mediation, bias awareness, and cultural diversity. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a school, a communal group or a penal institution.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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COMM 3200 – Intercultural Communication

This course addresses issues of diversity and commonalities amongst human beings, implications and applications according to each situation and professional context. Students will develop skills for intercultural competence.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ECON 3403 – Introduction to International Economics & Latin America

Examines Latin American policies that affect the international economy, with attention to trade barriers, economic nationalism and regionalism, international political economy, exchange market intervention and international transmission of economic perturbations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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GEB 3350 – Introduction to International Business

This course provides an overview the f cultural environment of international business and the institutions which affect business today. The Latin American perspective with regard to the U.S., Asia and Europe is examined: NAFTA, Merco Sur, the EC and other common market areas and agreements.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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MGMT 3030 – Creative Leadership Skills

Provides the opportunity to learn about and practice the skills required for managerial excellence. These skills include leadership, negotiation, conducting performance appraisals, delegation, effective communication, interviewing and making hiring decisions and effective human resource management.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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MKTG 3010 – International Marketing Management

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of international marketing in terms of both the challenges and opportunities. The course assumes that students are familiar with basic marketing terms and have a basic to mid understanding of marketing concepts. The course will examine the concepts related to international marketing, while students analyze case studies and propose ideas through assignments to attain the objectives of the course.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3005 – Environmental Impact And Social Development

This course is an introduction to the study of major environmental problems and issues confronting modern society. Students will examine ecosystems, population patterns, and dynamics; use and misuse of resources; population and environmental quality; environmental citizenship and economic incentives and Costa Rican initiatives in eco-tourism.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3044 – Tropical Ecology

Students will learn about the interactions between earth and land and how these interactions or processes affect our life and the stability of the planet. Emphasis will be given to the study of the most relevant tropical ecosystems such as: tropical rain forest, cloud forests, coral reefs and mangroves. Field trips to selected environments will provide on-site examples of some of the issues learned through class work and readings. All field trips are mandatory.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3020 – Marine Molecular Biology

This course focuses on the use of molecular markers based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA to highlight the importance of conservation genetics and the implications on a global scale to manage marine species in danger of extinction.

Activities and conferences will be carried out at the CPI Biomolecular Laboratory (BIOMOL). In addition, students will experience field activities to understand some controversial conservation issues related to the endangered trapezoidal marine species in Costa Rica, such as sea turtles and sharks, gathering Tissue samples and later performing hands-on activities in the laboratory such as DNA extractions, PCRs, electrophoresis, and introduction to bioinformatics analysis. This is a theoretical-practical course and it seeks to clarify the following question: How to apply molecular biology techniques in addressing problems regarding the conservation biology of endangered marine species in Costa Rica?

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3050 – Biology of Edible Insects: A Sustainable Food Source

This entomology course explores the use of insects as food sources for human and animal feeding. In an era of a food crisis, climate change, habitat loss, air pollution and so many environmental problems, the look for more sustainable solutions is pushing to look back into ancient traditions, technical strategies and the scientific integration of both to supply the nutritional needs for human development. One of these possible solutions is the use of insects as food sources. Entomophagy is the practice of consuming edible insects. Latin America, South Asia, and African countries have engaged on entomophagy since ancient times. However, this is a disappearing practice. This course is theoretical and practical look at the origins of entomophagy, its current state and how to use it for a sustainable future. This course will be based on the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with edible insects whenever possible. Therefore, this course is aimed at any professional with an interesting sustainability, gastronomy, anthropology, and biology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3100 – Tropical Birds (Tropical Ornithology)

This course provides an introduction to the main topics of ornithology, with an emphasis on neotropical avifauna. Major topics include the unique features that make neotropical avifauna a highlight of bird studies, including its evolutionary relationships, the extremely high species diversity of the neotropics, and the natural history of Costa Rican birds. With more than 900 bird species, Costa Rica provides a unique introduction to Neotropical ornithology and birding. Two field trips will introduce the main bird groups present in Costa Rica, their behavior, and the skills needed to identify them.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3120 – Land Vertebrates of Costa Rica

This course is an introduction to the zoology of terrestrial vertebrates in Costa Rica. Students will gain insight into various biological characteristics of the groups of land chordates in the country. Costa Rica has an immensely rich animal biodiversity, with an influence of both North American and South American fauna and is a world-renowned hot spot for animal research and conservation.

Emphasis will be given to the study of Costa Rican species, but others will be discussed as well.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3160 – Conservation Biology and Endangered Marine Species

This course is aimed to highlight the importance of conservation biology in managing endangered marine species by emphasizing recent conservation efforts of umbrella species such as sea turtles and sharks in the Pacific of Costa Rica. Marine ecosystems of the eastern tropical Pacific provide a baseline source for species of high commercial interest in satisfying humans’ demand for food worldwide. However, numerous marine species are threatened by unsustainable human activities, such as overfishing and habitat destruction. This course will help students develop a critical understanding of conservation biology, by emphasizing the general concept of biodiversity and in current case studies that focus on scientific investigations to answer critical life history aspects, recovery programs, species management, community conservation actions and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3170 – Freshwater Ecology (Limnology)

Water is a vital resource and limited resource that is in danger, and demand for this resource is growing. The goal of this course is to help students understand the physical, chemical and biological properties of inland aquatic environments (wetlands, lakes, rivers, mangroves, and reservoirs). It aims to emphasize the problems and conservation efforts for water resources, and to review methods for monitoring aquatic environments through field trips and laboratory work.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3190 – Tropical Marine Biology

The course studies the balance between ecosystems and human stress and demands on the constant changing Marine environment. All field trips are mandatory. Certified Divers may pay a $100 fee in order to complete 2 immersions in each field trip (4 immersions total).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3200 – Marine Mammals of Costa Rica: Biology and Conservation

This course is an introduction to the biology of marine mammals of Costa Rica, including whales, dolphins, manatees fur seals and sea lions. Topics covered include the evolution, physiology, behavior, and ecology of marine mammals. Particular attention is paid to current topics in the management and conservation of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) in Costa Rica within marine protected areas or with local coastal communities. Fieldwork will focus on basic ecological monitoring techniques and primary care on marine mammals strandings.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3740 – Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations

This course is an introduction to renewable energies and their impact on development and future needs of the planet Earth. Mankind is facing serious natural disasters and events caused by global warming and climate change. These phenomena are related to the population growth and the increase in fossil fuels burning, particularly after the industrial revolution. There is a general concern and interest of societies to change gradually toward the implementation of renewable energies to meet human needs in the future. This course will be focused on Costa Rica’s potential for renewable energies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 4030 – Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

This course will examine agricultural and food systems from an ecological systems perspective. After establishing a foundation of basic ecological concepts (relationships and interactions between abiotic/non-living and biotic/living components of an ecosystem), different applications of these concepts to agricultural systems will be investigated. Consumption and production issues related to food system sustainability will be analyzed, and students will explore their own role in the food system. Field trips will provide opportunities for direct observation of (and interaction with)different approaches to food production and distribution in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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NV 4040 – Sustainable Development and Environmental Awareness

This course is an introduction to current world problems related to natural resource management and conservation, and their effects on sustainable development efforts in tropical countries. Current issues that impact the possibility for development, such as poverty, global warming, deforestation and access to potable water will be analyzed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 4100 – Biotechnology and Sustainability

This course emphasizes the vast possibilities offered by biotechnology for sustainable development through the study of specific cases in Costa Rica. Fundamental and applied concepts of biotechnology will be explored and discussed in terms of life, environmental and social sciences. Work will be heavily based on the study of cases in which biotechnology has become into the best solution for social and environmental situations. The course is for students in many areas such as engineering, scientific and social sciences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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GEB 3500 – Ecotourism: The Costa Rica Case

The course will offer the chance to analyze this dynamic process from different socio-economic perspectives. It will discuss the economic importance of ecotourism for the Costa Rican national economy, the stimulation of grassroots, community ecotourism projects, and the role of ecotourism in securing environmental protection. The advances and limitations of ecotourism will be explored.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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MGTG 3150 – Sustainable Consumption and Production

Sustainable consumption (SC) and production is a holistic approach to minimizing the negative environmental impacts from consumption and production systems while promoting quality of life for all. This course will help students acquire the knowledge, capacities, and values to help them contribute to shaping a better tomorrow as more responsible consumers. It will trace the history and the justification for the focus on sustainable consumption. This course will provide students with a) an understanding of our responsibilities as consumers to critically analyze the life-cycles of any consumer products in the face of marketing techniques that induce unsustainable consumption; b) an understanding of the need for innovative solutions to many of our unsustainable consumer habits; and c) hopefully, the desire to become proactive citizens in assuming more sustainable lifestyles.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SUSD 3000 – Sustainable Lifestyles

This course builds upon the results of the Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles (GSSL), established in the 2011 document Visions for Change: Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles, which incorporates the voices of 8,000 young adults from 20 different countries.With half the world’s population under 30 years of age, Visions for Change stresses the importance of listening to youth and provides valuable insight into how to build sustainable lifestyles (SLs) with a youth-centered focus. Sustainable lifestyles, which promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, represent an essential component of sustainable development.

In September of 2015, the United Nations General Assembly approved the post-2015 development agenda Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity over the next 15 years, and includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide a holistic framework and the basis for the development of SLs.

The main objective of the course is designed to give youth a voice and work together to better understand and educate young adults, therefore empowering them to create their own positive versions of SLs and become agents of change.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SUSD 3100 – Gender and Sustainable Development

This course will study the intersection between gender, socio-economic discrimination and the shift toward sustainable development. The following themes are among many that will be addressed throughout the course: Women and natural resources use, women and the forests, women’s role in conservation, women and land use and agriculture, rural women, women and the built environment, women and environmental policy, women in relation to poverty, risk, mitigation, adaption for climate change, female civil society and political actors pushing for change, women the environment and sustainable innovations. The aforementioned issues will be explored in the context of the Latin America and Caribbean case study with special emphasis on the Costa Rican context where possible. Students will be encouraged to compare the region with their homeland experiences and situation and be strongly encouraged to critically assess the advances, challenges, and propose solutions. The issue of gender will be thoroughly introduced, gender dynamics profiled, and gender policy contemplated. There will be a special emphasis on the situation of Latin American and Caribbean women, the environment and sustainable development, however, this course aims to be inclusive, and recognizes that there are many gender identities and that gender issues touch everybody’s lives. Students are welcome to participate and study the environment and sustainable development throughout the course according to any or all gender identities and therefore be active participants in the unraveling and improvement of sustainable development itself. We will work with local women in the community and gain hands-on practical experience during farm and forest project work.

Students will carry out surveys, develop in research projects and participate in two field trips to help them to understand the dynamics and complexities of gender and sustainable development.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1020 – Physical Therapy and Rehab Exercises for Common Sport Injuries

This course will introduce basic concepts of human anatomy, an overview of the most common injuries and illnesses that require physical therapy, and an introduction to the different tools and methods used to treat them. The course will consist of lectures about the theoretical concepts, and also laboratory practice, which will allow the student a hands-on experience of the different techniques given during the lectures. At the end of the course, the student will have general knowledge on various areas of expertise, and on techniques such as massage therapy, electrotherapy, and therapeutic exercises, among others.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1050 – Holistic Health Approaches

This course will introduce basic concepts of alternative medicine. Also this course will explore, and evaluate alternatives approaches and philosophies to personal health and wellness. Some of the topics included are: Homeopathy, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Acupuncture, Herbal and Nutritional Therapies, Massage, Chiropractic, Electromagnetic Therapy, Breathing Exercise and others.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 3070 – Conflict Resolution and Health Care

This course will introduce basic concepts of alternative medicine. Health service delivery today encounters frequent conflicts, disputes, and other difficult situations, many of them derived from larger changes occurring in the health systems of the world. These conflicts include differences due to multiculturalism; the appropriateness and quality of care; gender issues; power disputes and providers and recipients over institutional and funding policies. Violence, its effects and costs will be part of this course, particularly under the WHO definition and perspectives. Costa Rican health care systems will be part of the course. This interactive, hands-on course offers a framework to integrate professional experience with functional communication and mediation skills. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their leadership into progress on matters of public health importance. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a medical facility, community or school.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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HIS 3293 – Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine

Costa Rica’s health care system is unique due to the fact that it’s socialized and has achieved excellent health indicators. The course focuses on the history and development of the public health care system within the context of the Costa Rican sociopolitical and economic situation. It also gives a strong emphasis on how the system actually works and points out not only the strongholds of the systems but also its weak points. A third objective, of fundamental importance in order to understand this system, is the study of Costa Rica as a tropical country. Students will learn about the prevention and transmission of relevant tropical diseases.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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PSY 2200 – Health Psychology

The World Health Organization defines health as being “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well- being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Based on this definition, the concepts of health and illness have changed. Nowadays, healthcare professionals have to tackle the health from a bio-psycho-social concept. For this reason, it is extremely important for healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, just to mention some) to have general information about Health Psychology, which studies how biology, behavior, and social context influence health and illness. In this way, healthcare professionals can have an integrated approach to the patients under their treatment. This will discuss some of the most common topics related to Health Psychology and pertinent to practice in the healthcare professions.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PSY 3050 – Cultural Psychology

This course introduces students to the field of psychology that examines the influence of culture upon human behavior and cognitive processes. “Culture” is defined as the shared norms, values, and behaviors of groups and of the individuals in those groups. We will focus on such topics as cultural factors in self-concept, gender roles, motivation, cognition, emotions, relationships, and social values. Our exploration will be based on psychological theories, research, guest lecturers, and field experiences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS 2302 – Contemporary Latin American History

This course is a survey of the main events in Latin American History after its independence. Topics include the historical causes and effects of the independence, some of the main issues on social, economic and political problems and the main historical leaders in modern Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS-3130 Sustainability and Resources Management in the Ancient World

Students will learn about the relationship ancient civilizations like Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, India, Greece, Rome, the Celts, and the Pre-Colombian Americans had with their environment. Students will explore how these cultures interacted with nature and its resources, as land, forests, water and minerals. In addition, they will be able to identify the main characteristics that allow civilizations to create a sustainable relationship with their surroundings and habitat, if this is the case. This historic overview will allow students to liken and contrast our present day societies with the Ancient World.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS 3290 – Costa Rican Economic and Human Development

This course introduces the principal socio-economic and political features that have shaped and defined the history and development of Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HUM 3513 – Costa Rica Colloquium: History and Culture

This course provides general survey of the complex heritage and social evolution of Costa Rica, using a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach and focusing on the historical development and present day dynamics of economy, society, politics, natural resources and culture. Emphasis will be placed upon different topics throughout the course, based on participating students’ diverse backgrounds and expectations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 2500 – Human Rights in Latin America

A particular emphasis will be given to the case of Costa Rica, giving the students an opportunity to explore the development of human rights in the following areas: women’s rights, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, the CAFTA agreement and labor rights, indigenous groups and human rights, disability and age issues, and the prison environment.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3100 – Costa Rican Tradition: Peace and Democracy

The general objective of this course is to discuss, with students, the social, economic and political issues of the process of construction of peace and democracy in Costa Rica and Central America (1948-2005).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3220 – Migration, Globalization, and Social Change

The course introduces students to the theories and practices of international human migration as a phenomenon that, while present throughout history, has a particular emphasis in today’s world. With human ramifications, its strong societal effects are evident on both ends of the issue—the nations from which people leave, and the targeted destinations. We will review the phenomenon based on its most prominent manifestations: forced migrations, voluntary migrations and internal displacements of groupings of people, and the motivational underpinnings that provoke such drastic actions as the uprooting of home and family in pursuit of presumably better opportunities. Migration is perceived by peoples in despair as an alternative to heavily weighing social, political and/or economic conditions, even when factoring in risks such as personal safety and adaptation to an unknown culture. Within this framework, we will analyze issues such as return migrations, the effects of remittances, the formation of diaspora communities, and the myriad of problems brought about by cultural adaptation and assimilation.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3420 – Costa Rican Environmental Policy

This course will explore the dynamics of environmental management, environmental histories, policy, politics and action in the case study of Costa Rica and beyond. It will study environmental history and policy at a regional and national level; it will explore the emergence of Costa Rica’s cutting edge environmental politics and governmental commitments (the greening of the public sector and carbon neutrality and others); it will look back at Costa Rica’s conservation history and critically review its conservation and sustainable development model; it will present an understanding of the ‘state of the nation and region’ in regard to environmental indicators (land use methods and statistics, deforestation and reforestation data, contamination and waste indicators); it will identify the individuals and organizations working on taking authentic action in environmental protection; it will take a close look at how government policy translates into practice by reviewing cases studies of community and grassroots action in forestry, organic farming, recycling, cooperatives, and women’s environmental groups; and lastly, it will address some of central issues and challenges facing these activities and the resultant environmental conflicts.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3450 -International Relations in Latin America

The course will analyze the aspects of the Economic Integration, globalization and conditions for a successful integration between economies and the effects of free trade in the region as well as the effects of protectionism. There will be a special treatment on foreign investments and joint ventures in the Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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TECH 2100 – Introduction to Programming and Coding

This course is an Introduction to programming and coding, focused on teaching the basics in programming to develop projects. The programming language that will be used is Java because of its ease to use and powerful applications in online applets. Students will develop at least one full project assisted by the professor and fellow students to demonstrate the knowledge gained.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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TECH 3100 – Digital Media Installations

This course will focus on the conceptual role that an artist or a multidisciplinary creative director has in the Digital Media field. Students will work on three creative projects. A film-animation, a website-portfolio, and a digital painting project. Throughout the course many team management skills will also be practiced including daily icebreakers, ideation-brainstorming, team leading and following, selling pitch presentations, sketching and fast Prototyping.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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SPN 1002 – Comunicación Oral Básica (Basic Oral Communication)

Este curso está diseñado para estudiantes de español como segunda lengua que cuentan con un dominio elemental del idioma en los aspectos morfosintácticos, léxico-semántico y fonético-fonológicos, por lo que deben haber aprobado el nivel básico 1. A lo largo del curso, desarrollará su competencia comunicativa oral, que le permitirá desenvolverse de manera efectiva y eficaz en situaciones cotidianas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3520 – Dialectología Latinoamericana (Latin American Dialectology)

Este curso explora una perspectiva socio-histórica de la lengua como un aspecto de estudio importante, para comprender el mecanismo lingüístico actual dentro de diferentes contextos sociales de habla. El enfoque de este curso es analizar la variedad dialectal que se refleja en los diferentes países latinoamericanos mediante rasgos: fonológicos, morfológicos y léxicos que toman en cuenta elementos culturales.

Además, el curso pretende como objetivo primordial conocer y poner en práctica estrategias dialectales para fomentar elementos comunicativos auténticos que enriquezcan el uso del idioma español.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4390 – El Cine y Literatura Latinoamericana (Latin American Literature in Film) (3) [Syllabus]

Este curso es un estudio de algunas producciones cinematográficas basadas en textos literarios de reconocidos escritores latinoamericanos. El curso se basa en el análisis y discusión de las principales características de la cultura, valores y temáticas de la realidad Latinoamericana presentes en dichasmuestras literarias y cinematográficas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4110 – Escritoras Contemporaneas Costarricenses (Contemporary Costa Rican Writers)

El curso aborda la principal producción literaria femenina en Costa Rica. Se enfoca en el análisis de temáticas presentes en los diferentes textos y su relación con la realidad nacional.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3000 – Introducción al Análisis Literario (Introduction to Literary Analysis)

El curso ofrece una introducción por parte de los estudiantes al estudio de la literatura en español y presenta los recursos básicos para la elaboración de un comentario o análisis literario. El estudiante adquirirá la terminología necesaria así como métodos críticos que le permitan generar comentarios y explicación de textos informados.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3050 – Fonética y Fonología (Phonetics and Phonology)

En este curso se aprenden métodos y herramientas de la lingüística descriptiva aplicada a la fonética y articulación.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3070 – Introducción a la Traducción (Introduction to Translation)

Una introducción a las herramientas teóricas y prácticas para el proceso de traducción del inglés al español. Los estudiantes aprenderán a hacer traducciones de textos sencillos de complejidad intermedia y avanzada tratando de mantener la mayor fidelidad posible con la intención y estilo del autor.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3020 – Lecturas Selectas de la Literatura Latinoamericana (Select Readings from Latin American Literature)

Estudio panorámico de autores, corrientes literarias o particularidades de género en la literatura Latinoamericana.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4330 – Tópicos Selectos en la Literatura Española (Select Topics in Spanish Literature)

Este curso es una panorámica de la literatura española, desde sus inicios hasta la primera mitad de la literatura contemporánea. Presenta una visión general de cada período en los que se ha dividido la literatura española, así como sus principales características. También se estudian los textos más representativos de los exponentes de cada período.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1100 Principles of Medical Entomology in the Tropics

This course focuses on knowing and recognizing the basic biology, identification, classification, impact, and management, of insects that represent hazards to human health. To date, mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals around the world, with more deaths caused by mosquito-vectored diseases than from the attack of any wild animal. In the past several methods have been used to control the outbreaks of these insects, specially pesticide-based which in turn just aggravated the problem because of insecticide resistance. The tropics have been particularly affected by insects with human health impacts. For this reason, several private and public initiatives focus on developing ways to palliate these insects. This course will cover basic and applied aspects of Medical Entomology, with an especial focus on the ecological and socio-economic conditions of the tropics. This course will be based on field trips, talks, the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with people working on these subjects. Therefore, this course is aimed at any student with an interest in human health, biology, economics, sustainability, and anthropology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

Basic Spanish I

This course is an introduction to Spanish for beginners with no previous knowledge of the language. Students develop basic linguistic skills necessary in order to communicate in common situations. The course covers basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, communicative expressions and frequent situations in settings such as restaurants, stores, buses and others. Emphasis is given to understanding, speaking, reading and cross-cultural perspectives.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Basic Spanish II

This course is for students who have completed a minimum of 60 contact hours in Spanish studies and already have a command of elementary grammatical tenses. Students advance their previous experiential knowledge and further develop their oral, reading, written and listening skills. Students expand their vocabulary and language usage in order to facilitate interaction with the Costa Rican environment and be able to express themselves in the past.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish I

Students in this course should have a good command of communicative skills for everyday situations and a structural command of the present tense. The objective of this course is to develop the student’s oral and written skills and emphasizes more complex grammatical structures. Students should develop a good command of all past indicative tenses.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish II

This course emphasizes discourse enrichment, specifically related to description and simple narrations. The content of the course includes vocabulary building and detailed wok with the subjunctive mode and other complex grammatical structures. Students also learn idiomatic expressions used in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Conversational Spanish

This course is for students who already have a high intermediate level of Spanish and wish to better their communication skills and pronunciation. The course emphasizes situational, everyday conversations and certain cultural issues. The methodology enhances structured speech to provide a firm foundation in patterns of spoken Spanish with progression toward unstructured conversation.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish I

This course is based on grammatical analysis, expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions through readings, and student compositions at a complex level. The objective is for students to acquire a high level of communicative Spanish that will permit them to express their opinions and thoughts on complex and controversial subjects.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish II

This course is designed for students who wish to perfect their oral and written skills. Students should have a high linguistic level and full knowledge of grammatical structures in order to work on polishing stylistics. Students practice narrative constructions, reactions within non-expected contexts, and how to report compiled information. The course also covers important aspects of myths, as well as cultural issues in Latin America.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced 2  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Oral Expression Techniques

This course focuses on advanced communication and presentation skills. Students work on communication techniques and efficient oral expression in formal contexts.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Writing

This course is for high advanced-level students who want to further develop their written skills through different composition practices and techniques. The course covers complex and difficult questions of syntax. Special attention is given to stylistics and composition structure.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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ARCH 3112 – History of Latin American Architecture and Art

A chronological overview of the main inventions and influences that contributed to the making of past and present architecture in Latin America, analyzing the artistic manifestations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ARCH 3200 – Tropical Architecture and Design

This course teaches students to develop the skill to analyze a particular architectural situation and be able to offer adequate design solutions that will guarantee a good quality environment. It is offered to all students with no previous knowledge of design projection and means of graphic expression, who want to learn about tropical design.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ART 1301 – Basic Principles of Drawing

This studio art course introduces basic principles of drawing. The course includes model drawings, landscape drawings, and experimental (abstract) drawings. The focus of this course is on the development of expression and observational drawing from still life, a model, and landscapes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2100 – Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice

This course is designed for the beginner student to help find personal meaning in works of art and develop a better understanding of the nature and validity of art as visual and space language (line, shape, volume, light, space, time, motion, color, and texture). This means that you will learn about the essentials of art through experience and experimentation. Through determination and an open mind, you will increase your creativity and discover more interesting ways to understand and judge the visual arts. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in the artwork. With a willingness to work and an open mind, your experiences in this class will be memorable in a positive way. Upon completion, students should understand the basics of art materials used and have a basic overview of the history of art and how art represents its society, especially, Latin American culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2130 – Mural Painting and Public Art

This studio art course introduces theoretical and practical aspects of large-scale painting, murals, and public art. The course includes an actual practicum in large-scale media and experimentation of early and contemporary techniques including drawing, fresco, painting, aerosol and various industrial materials. The objective of this course is for students to develop understanding about some of the social roles of art and the impact of murals in communities, based on its historical and contemporary applications. The course will enable the student to control scale, color, specific techniques and safety measures aimed at public spaces. Students will incorporate a Service Learning component by either conducting a collective workshop with children from a rural location or actually painting a collective mural as a donation to a community. The Students fine arts background will help with the complexity of the final collective project but the course does not require previous painting knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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CTV 3400 – Documentary Appreciation

Documentary Appreciation will focus on the critical analysis of audiovisual documentaries, exploring film and photography mediums in traditional and new media. Class interactions will comprise academic learning, viewing and discussion of material, practical exercises and written assignments.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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DNCE 2500 – Introduction to Latin American Tropical Dance

This course explores the technique, rhythm and movement style of Latin American Tropical dance. History, anthropology, folklore videos and songs are part of this experiential course. This course will provide students with a general overview and a better understanding of the folklore and history of Latin American dance. They should also be acquainted with some of the basic rhythms in various countries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENG 150 – College Writing

This course is for the development of basic invention practices such as brainstorming, free writing, outlining, and journaling. Students will have to develop skills in personal narrative, exposition, as well as analytical, descriptive, argumentative writing. The course works with the process-based writing and also explores creative sources such as reading, thinking, analyzing, and discussion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

ETH 3100 – Selected Topics in Afro-Caribbean Studies

This course examines a particular topic, theme, issue, or problem concerning the Black presence in Costa Rica and Central America. Sample offerings could include Central America and ethnic politics, history, and Culture, Blacks in Central American governments, Contemporary Black literature, History of the Black experience in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PFA 3000 – Performing Arts Production Workshop

This workshop is a studio class in which participants explore – and practice – the distinctive components of the production, mounting, and staging of an acted/choreographed/musicalized production. This course gives participants a rare opportunity to develop their competencies for the performing arts. Our goal is to explore artistic risk-taking in an uplifting environment. The heart of the program is teaching young aspiring performers – and participants in general – how to deliver a performance that connects deeply and authentically with themselves and their audience.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

PHIL-3100 Philosophy and Integrated Thought of the Classical World

This course is an overview of the history and selected concepts in major eastern and western philosophical movements and systems from ancient to the middle age periods. Students will reflect on certain topics such as mind-body, concept of God, knowledge of self and others, predestination and free will, cause and effect and other fundamental ideas in classical knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PHOT 2100 – Ecological Photography

This course offers general and basic knowledge and skills about the possibilities and stages of digital photography applied to ecological exploration. Through practice exercises and field trips students will apply the information provided in lectures. Students will be able to consciously create and manipulate digital photographic images while exploring Costa Rican ecological systems.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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PHOT 2130 – Cultural Photography

The course offers the acquisition of basic photographic skills as a means of cultural exploration. Through practice exercises and field trips aiming to apply the information provided through lectures, students will consciously explore Costa Rican culture through the creation of photographic images and essays. Students will be able to consciously create photographs that document aspects of Costa Rican Culture through Portraiture and Landscapes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SOCY-3050 Diversity and Sexual Identity in Latin America

This course will study the LGBTQ+ community and related social issues in the Latin American Context. Special attention will be given to the Costa Rican case study where sexuality, identity, expression, health, community, family, and other social, political and lifestyle issues will be discussed. This course offers students one of the only opportunities to study LGBTQ+ Latin American dynamics and issues. It is one of the first of its kind in the region and a pioneering offer for study abroad students in the Costa Rican setting. This is a young, but growing field of study in Latin America and defiantly one that deserves much attention, especially as the Latin American region is home to some of the most homophobic countries in the world and at the same time undergoing radical change in terms of its acceptance of the complete spectrum of sexuality and identity expression. This course has three main objectives: 1) students will be invited to explore LGBTQ+ Latin American community issues, 2) to appreciate how particular countries are advancing in relation to equality before the law while studying the social groups pushing for change, and 3) to critically assess present-day contexts that are struggling with recently developed anti-discriminatory frameworks.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3100 – Habitudes: Habits and Attitudes from Emerging Christian Leadership

In this course, the instructor with use the book “habits: shaping the leadership habits and attitude of the image” to guide the team to discuss. In today’s society, students cannot just seek to survive in school. If campus life is to prepare students to meet the unknown future, they must learn to lead. This means that they must first lead themselves, in the field of their interest, such as the leader of the general thinking. Over the past six years, the “Leadership Growth” program of the Higher Education Institute, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation, has conducted a survey of thousands of students from the new millennium. We will also study the development of the student leadership in-depth study.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3120 – Revolution, Spirituality, and Religion in Latin America

This course provides students with a panoramic view of the influence of gods and religions on Latin America. The Latin American region represents some of the richest religions in the world, and religiosity runs through the entire Latin American continent, including Brazilian Budu to teach emerging Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The region also has a significant impact on sustainable development and ecological thinking. The course will review the Latin American region’s successful combination of religion and sustainable development and the most influential thinkers, such as Leonardo Boff. The course also covers historical analysis and the impact of various tendencies on cultural, social and political aspects of Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3150 – Major World Religions

In this course, we will study the world’s major religions: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. We will discuss the following questions: What is the core belief? Is there a future? What is the expectation of religious believers? Each religion represents the people of God, and understanding the different worldviews of religion will help us to better respect and love religion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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COMM 3070 – Creative Conflict Resolution

A multicultural, gender-sensitive course is designed for students who wish to learn strategies and techniques in thought and behavior transformations for conflict resolution. The course focuses on techniques to bring about positive focused changes through continuous experiences in community building and self-improvement. The course is based on the Alternatives to Violence Project; a program started in NY State in the seventies. Fundacion CEPPA, Center for Peace Studies, has implemented this program in Costa Rica, Switzerland, and other Latin American countries since 1990. Using a participatory and interactive methodology, the emphasis is made on the following themes: Self-esteem and self-care, communication skills, cooperation, community building and conflict resolution, including mediation, bias awareness, and cultural diversity. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a school, a communal group or a penal institution.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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COMM 3200 – Intercultural Communication

This course addresses issues of diversity and commonalities amongst human beings, implications and applications according to each situation and professional context. Students will develop skills for intercultural competence.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ECON 3403 – Introduction to International Economics & Latin America

Examines Latin American policies that affect the international economy, with attention to trade barriers, economic nationalism and regionalism, international political economy, exchange market intervention and international transmission of economic perturbations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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GEB 3350 – Introduction to International Business

This course provides an overview the f cultural environment of international business and the institutions which affect business today. The Latin American perspective with regard to the U.S., Asia and Europe is examined: NAFTA, Merco Sur, the EC and other common market areas and agreements.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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MGMT 3030 – Creative Leadership Skills

Provides the opportunity to learn about and practice the skills required for managerial excellence. These skills include leadership, negotiation, conducting performance appraisals, delegation, effective communication, interviewing and making hiring decisions and effective human resource management.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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MKTG 3010 – International Marketing Management

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of international marketing in terms of both the challenges and opportunities. The course assumes that students are familiar with basic marketing terms and have a basic to mid understanding of marketing concepts. The course will examine the concepts related to international marketing, while students analyze case studies and propose ideas through assignments to attain the objectives of the course.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3005 – Environmental Impact And Social Development

This course is an introduction to the study of major environmental problems and issues confronting modern society. Students will examine ecosystems, population patterns, and dynamics; use and misuse of resources; population and environmental quality; environmental citizenship and economic incentives and Costa Rican initiatives in eco-tourism.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3044 – Tropical Ecology

Students will learn about the interactions between earth and land and how these interactions or processes affect our life and the stability of the planet. Emphasis will be given to the study of the most relevant tropical ecosystems such as: tropical rain forest, cloud forests, coral reefs and mangroves. Field trips to selected environments will provide on-site examples of some of the issues learned through class work and readings. All field trips are mandatory.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3020 – Marine Molecular Biology

This course focuses on the use of molecular markers based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA to highlight the importance of conservation genetics and the implications on a global scale to manage marine species in danger of extinction.

Activities and conferences will be carried out at the CPI Biomolecular Laboratory (BIOMOL). In addition, students will experience field activities to understand some controversial conservation issues related to the endangered trapezoidal marine species in Costa Rica, such as sea turtles and sharks, gathering Tissue samples and later performing hands-on activities in the laboratory such as DNA extractions, PCRs, electrophoresis, and introduction to bioinformatics analysis. This is a theoretical-practical course and it seeks to clarify the following question: How to apply molecular biology techniques in addressing problems regarding the conservation biology of endangered marine species in Costa Rica?

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3050 – Biology of Edible Insects: A Sustainable Food Source

This entomology course explores the use of insects as food sources for human and animal feeding. In an era of a food crisis, climate change, habitat loss, air pollution and so many environmental problems, the look for more sustainable solutions is pushing to look back into ancient traditions, technical strategies and the scientific integration of both to supply the nutritional needs for human development. One of these possible solutions is the use of insects as food sources. Entomophagy is the practice of consuming edible insects. Latin America, South Asia, and African countries have engaged on entomophagy since ancient times. However, this is a disappearing practice. This course is theoretical and practical look at the origins of entomophagy, its current state and how to use it for a sustainable future. This course will be based on the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with edible insects whenever possible. Therefore, this course is aimed at any professional with an interesting sustainability, gastronomy, anthropology, and biology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3100 – Tropical Birds (Tropical Ornithology)

This course provides an introduction to the main topics of ornithology, with an emphasis on neotropical avifauna. Major topics include the unique features that make neotropical avifauna a highlight of bird studies, including its evolutionary relationships, the extremely high species diversity of the neotropics, and the natural history of Costa Rican birds. With more than 900 bird species, Costa Rica provides a unique introduction to Neotropical ornithology and birding. Two field trips will introduce the main bird groups present in Costa Rica, their behavior, and the skills needed to identify them.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3120 – Land Vertebrates of Costa Rica

This course is an introduction to the zoology of terrestrial vertebrates in Costa Rica. Students will gain insight into various biological characteristics of the groups of land chordates in the country. Costa Rica has an immensely rich animal biodiversity, with an influence of both North American and South American fauna and is a world-renowned hot spot for animal research and conservation.

Emphasis will be given to the study of Costa Rican species, but others will be discussed as well.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3160 – Conservation Biology and Endangered Marine Species

This course is aimed to highlight the importance of conservation biology in managing endangered marine species by emphasizing recent conservation efforts of umbrella species such as sea turtles and sharks in the Pacific of Costa Rica. Marine ecosystems of the eastern tropical Pacific provide a baseline source for species of high commercial interest in satisfying humans’ demand for food worldwide. However, numerous marine species are threatened by unsustainable human activities, such as overfishing and habitat destruction. This course will help students develop a critical understanding of conservation biology, by emphasizing the general concept of biodiversity and in current case studies that focus on scientific investigations to answer critical life history aspects, recovery programs, species management, community conservation actions and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3170 – Freshwater Ecology (Limnology)

Water is a vital resource and limited resource that is in danger, and demand for this resource is growing. The goal of this course is to help students understand the physical, chemical and biological properties of inland aquatic environments (wetlands, lakes, rivers, mangroves, and reservoirs). It aims to emphasize the problems and conservation efforts for water resources, and to review methods for monitoring aquatic environments through field trips and laboratory work.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3190 – Tropical Marine Biology

The course studies the balance between ecosystems and human stress and demands on the constant changing Marine environment. All field trips are mandatory. Certified Divers may pay a $100 fee in order to complete 2 immersions in each field trip (4 immersions total).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3200 – Marine Mammals of Costa Rica: Biology and Conservation

This course is an introduction to the biology of marine mammals of Costa Rica, including whales, dolphins, manatees fur seals and sea lions. Topics covered include the evolution, physiology, behavior, and ecology of marine mammals. Particular attention is paid to current topics in the management and conservation of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) in Costa Rica within marine protected areas or with local coastal communities. Fieldwork will focus on basic ecological monitoring techniques and primary care on marine mammals strandings.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3740 – Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations

This course is an introduction to renewable energies and their impact on development and future needs of the planet Earth. Mankind is facing serious natural disasters and events caused by global warming and climate change. These phenomena are related to the population growth and the increase in fossil fuels burning, particularly after the industrial revolution. There is a general concern and interest of societies to change gradually toward the implementation of renewable energies to meet human needs in the future. This course will be focused on Costa Rica’s potential for renewable energies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 4030 – Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

This course will examine agricultural and food systems from an ecological systems perspective. After establishing a foundation of basic ecological concepts (relationships and interactions between abiotic/non-living and biotic/living components of an ecosystem), different applications of these concepts to agricultural systems will be investigated. Consumption and production issues related to food system sustainability will be analyzed, and students will explore their own role in the food system. Field trips will provide opportunities for direct observation of (and interaction with)different approaches to food production and distribution in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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NV 4040 – Sustainable Development and Environmental Awareness

This course is an introduction to current world problems related to natural resource management and conservation, and their effects on sustainable development efforts in tropical countries. Current issues that impact the possibility for development, such as poverty, global warming, deforestation and access to potable water will be analyzed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 4100 – Biotechnology and Sustainability

This course emphasizes the vast possibilities offered by biotechnology for sustainable development through the study of specific cases in Costa Rica. Fundamental and applied concepts of biotechnology will be explored and discussed in terms of life, environmental and social sciences. Work will be heavily based on the study of cases in which biotechnology has become into the best solution for social and environmental situations. The course is for students in many areas such as engineering, scientific and social sciences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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GEB 3500 – Ecotourism: The Costa Rica Case

The course will offer the chance to analyze this dynamic process from different socio-economic perspectives. It will discuss the economic importance of ecotourism for the Costa Rican national economy, the stimulation of grassroots, community ecotourism projects, and the role of ecotourism in securing environmental protection. The advances and limitations of ecotourism will be explored.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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MGTG 3150 – Sustainable Consumption and Production

Sustainable consumption (SC) and production is a holistic approach to minimizing the negative environmental impacts from consumption and production systems while promoting quality of life for all. This course will help students acquire the knowledge, capacities, and values to help them contribute to shaping a better tomorrow as more responsible consumers. It will trace the history and the justification for the focus on sustainable consumption. This course will provide students with a) an understanding of our responsibilities as consumers to critically analyze the life-cycles of any consumer products in the face of marketing techniques that induce unsustainable consumption; b) an understanding of the need for innovative solutions to many of our unsustainable consumer habits; and c) hopefully, the desire to become proactive citizens in assuming more sustainable lifestyles.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SUSD 3000 – Sustainable Lifestyles

This course builds upon the results of the Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles (GSSL), established in the 2011 document Visions for Change: Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles, which incorporates the voices of 8,000 young adults from 20 different countries.With half the world’s population under 30 years of age, Visions for Change stresses the importance of listening to youth and provides valuable insight into how to build sustainable lifestyles (SLs) with a youth-centered focus. Sustainable lifestyles, which promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, represent an essential component of sustainable development.

In September of 2015, the United Nations General Assembly approved the post-2015 development agenda Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity over the next 15 years, and includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide a holistic framework and the basis for the development of SLs.

The main objective of the course is designed to give youth a voice and work together to better understand and educate young adults, therefore empowering them to create their own positive versions of SLs and become agents of change.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SUSD 3100 – Gender and Sustainable Development

This course will study the intersection between gender, socio-economic discrimination and the shift toward sustainable development. The following themes are among many that will be addressed throughout the course: Women and natural resources use, women and the forests, women’s role in conservation, women and land use and agriculture, rural women, women and the built environment, women and environmental policy, women in relation to poverty, risk, mitigation, adaption for climate change, female civil society and political actors pushing for change, women the environment and sustainable innovations. The aforementioned issues will be explored in the context of the Latin America and Caribbean case study with special emphasis on the Costa Rican context where possible. Students will be encouraged to compare the region with their homeland experiences and situation and be strongly encouraged to critically assess the advances, challenges, and propose solutions. The issue of gender will be thoroughly introduced, gender dynamics profiled, and gender policy contemplated. There will be a special emphasis on the situation of Latin American and Caribbean women, the environment and sustainable development, however, this course aims to be inclusive, and recognizes that there are many gender identities and that gender issues touch everybody’s lives. Students are welcome to participate and study the environment and sustainable development throughout the course according to any or all gender identities and therefore be active participants in the unraveling and improvement of sustainable development itself. We will work with local women in the community and gain hands-on practical experience during farm and forest project work.

Students will carry out surveys, develop in research projects and participate in two field trips to help them to understand the dynamics and complexities of gender and sustainable development.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1020 – Physical Therapy and Rehab Exercises for Common Sport Injuries

This course will introduce basic concepts of human anatomy, an overview of the most common injuries and illnesses that require physical therapy, and an introduction to the different tools and methods used to treat them. The course will consist of lectures about the theoretical concepts, and also laboratory practice, which will allow the student a hands-on experience of the different techniques given during the lectures. At the end of the course, the student will have general knowledge on various areas of expertise, and on techniques such as massage therapy, electrotherapy, and therapeutic exercises, among others.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1050 – Holistic Health Approaches

This course will introduce basic concepts of alternative medicine. Also this course will explore, and evaluate alternatives approaches and philosophies to personal health and wellness. Some of the topics included are: Homeopathy, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Acupuncture, Herbal and Nutritional Therapies, Massage, Chiropractic, Electromagnetic Therapy, Breathing Exercise and others.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 3070 – Conflict Resolution and Health Care

This course will introduce basic concepts of alternative medicine. Health service delivery today encounters frequent conflicts, disputes, and other difficult situations, many of them derived from larger changes occurring in the health systems of the world. These conflicts include differences due to multiculturalism; the appropriateness and quality of care; gender issues; power disputes and providers and recipients over institutional and funding policies. Violence, its effects and costs will be part of this course, particularly under the WHO definition and perspectives. Costa Rican health care systems will be part of the course. This interactive, hands-on course offers a framework to integrate professional experience with functional communication and mediation skills. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their leadership into progress on matters of public health importance. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a medical facility, community or school.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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HIS 3293 – Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine

Costa Rica’s health care system is unique due to the fact that it’s socialized and has achieved excellent health indicators. The course focuses on the history and development of the public health care system within the context of the Costa Rican sociopolitical and economic situation. It also gives a strong emphasis on how the system actually works and points out not only the strongholds of the systems but also its weak points. A third objective, of fundamental importance in order to understand this system, is the study of Costa Rica as a tropical country. Students will learn about the prevention and transmission of relevant tropical diseases.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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PSY 2200 – Health Psychology

The World Health Organization defines health as being “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well- being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Based on this definition, the concepts of health and illness have changed. Nowadays, healthcare professionals have to tackle the health from a bio-psycho-social concept. For this reason, it is extremely important for healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, just to mention some) to have general information about Health Psychology, which studies how biology, behavior, and social context influence health and illness. In this way, healthcare professionals can have an integrated approach to the patients under their treatment. This will discuss some of the most common topics related to Health Psychology and pertinent to practice in the healthcare professions.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PSY 3050 – Cultural Psychology

This course introduces students to the field of psychology that examines the influence of culture upon human behavior and cognitive processes. “Culture” is defined as the shared norms, values, and behaviors of groups and of the individuals in those groups. We will focus on such topics as cultural factors in self-concept, gender roles, motivation, cognition, emotions, relationships, and social values. Our exploration will be based on psychological theories, research, guest lecturers, and field experiences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS 2302 – Contemporary Latin American History

This course is a survey of the main events in Latin American History after its independence. Topics include the historical causes and effects of the independence, some of the main issues on social, economic and political problems and the main historical leaders in modern Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS-3130 Sustainability and Resources Management in the Ancient World

Students will learn about the relationship ancient civilizations like Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, India, Greece, Rome, the Celts, and the Pre-Colombian Americans had with their environment. Students will explore how these cultures interacted with nature and its resources, as land, forests, water and minerals. In addition, they will be able to identify the main characteristics that allow civilizations to create a sustainable relationship with their surroundings and habitat, if this is the case. This historic overview will allow students to liken and contrast our present day societies with the Ancient World.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS 3290 – Costa Rican Economic and Human Development

This course introduces the principal socio-economic and political features that have shaped and defined the history and development of Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HUM 3513 – Costa Rica Colloquium: History and Culture

This course provides general survey of the complex heritage and social evolution of Costa Rica, using a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach and focusing on the historical development and present day dynamics of economy, society, politics, natural resources and culture. Emphasis will be placed upon different topics throughout the course, based on participating students’ diverse backgrounds and expectations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 2500 – Human Rights in Latin America

A particular emphasis will be given to the case of Costa Rica, giving the students an opportunity to explore the development of human rights in the following areas: women’s rights, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, the CAFTA agreement and labor rights, indigenous groups and human rights, disability and age issues, and the prison environment.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3100 – Costa Rican Tradition: Peace and Democracy

The general objective of this course is to discuss, with students, the social, economic and political issues of the process of construction of peace and democracy in Costa Rica and Central America (1948-2005).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3220 – Migration, Globalization, and Social Change

The course introduces students to the theories and practices of international human migration as a phenomenon that, while present throughout history, has a particular emphasis in today’s world. With human ramifications, its strong societal effects are evident on both ends of the issue—the nations from which people leave, and the targeted destinations. We will review the phenomenon based on its most prominent manifestations: forced migrations, voluntary migrations and internal displacements of groupings of people, and the motivational underpinnings that provoke such drastic actions as the uprooting of home and family in pursuit of presumably better opportunities. Migration is perceived by peoples in despair as an alternative to heavily weighing social, political and/or economic conditions, even when factoring in risks such as personal safety and adaptation to an unknown culture. Within this framework, we will analyze issues such as return migrations, the effects of remittances, the formation of diaspora communities, and the myriad of problems brought about by cultural adaptation and assimilation.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3420 – Costa Rican Environmental Policy

This course will explore the dynamics of environmental management, environmental histories, policy, politics and action in the case study of Costa Rica and beyond. It will study environmental history and policy at a regional and national level; it will explore the emergence of Costa Rica’s cutting edge environmental politics and governmental commitments (the greening of the public sector and carbon neutrality and others); it will look back at Costa Rica’s conservation history and critically review its conservation and sustainable development model; it will present an understanding of the ‘state of the nation and region’ in regard to environmental indicators (land use methods and statistics, deforestation and reforestation data, contamination and waste indicators); it will identify the individuals and organizations working on taking authentic action in environmental protection; it will take a close look at how government policy translates into practice by reviewing cases studies of community and grassroots action in forestry, organic farming, recycling, cooperatives, and women’s environmental groups; and lastly, it will address some of central issues and challenges facing these activities and the resultant environmental conflicts.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3450 -International Relations in Latin America

The course will analyze the aspects of the Economic Integration, globalization and conditions for a successful integration between economies and the effects of free trade in the region as well as the effects of protectionism. There will be a special treatment on foreign investments and joint ventures in the Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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TECH 2100 – Introduction to Programming and Coding

This course is an Introduction to programming and coding, focused on teaching the basics in programming to develop projects. The programming language that will be used is Java because of its ease to use and powerful applications in online applets. Students will develop at least one full project assisted by the professor and fellow students to demonstrate the knowledge gained.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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TECH 3100 – Digital Media Installations

This course will focus on the conceptual role that an artist or a multidisciplinary creative director has in the Digital Media field. Students will work on three creative projects. A film-animation, a website-portfolio, and a digital painting project. Throughout the course many team management skills will also be practiced including daily icebreakers, ideation-brainstorming, team leading and following, selling pitch presentations, sketching and fast Prototyping.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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SPN 1002 – Comunicación Oral Básica (Basic Oral Communication)

Este curso está diseñado para estudiantes de español como segunda lengua que cuentan con un dominio elemental del idioma en los aspectos morfosintácticos, léxico-semántico y fonético-fonológicos, por lo que deben haber aprobado el nivel básico 1. A lo largo del curso, desarrollará su competencia comunicativa oral, que le permitirá desenvolverse de manera efectiva y eficaz en situaciones cotidianas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3520 – Dialectología Latinoamericana (Latin American Dialectology)

Este curso explora una perspectiva socio-histórica de la lengua como un aspecto de estudio importante, para comprender el mecanismo lingüístico actual dentro de diferentes contextos sociales de habla. El enfoque de este curso es analizar la variedad dialectal que se refleja en los diferentes países latinoamericanos mediante rasgos: fonológicos, morfológicos y léxicos que toman en cuenta elementos culturales.

Además, el curso pretende como objetivo primordial conocer y poner en práctica estrategias dialectales para fomentar elementos comunicativos auténticos que enriquezcan el uso del idioma español.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4390 – El Cine y Literatura Latinoamericana (Latin American Literature in Film) (3) [Syllabus]

Este curso es un estudio de algunas producciones cinematográficas basadas en textos literarios de reconocidos escritores latinoamericanos. El curso se basa en el análisis y discusión de las principales características de la cultura, valores y temáticas de la realidad Latinoamericana presentes en dichasmuestras literarias y cinematográficas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4110 – Escritoras Contemporaneas Costarricenses (Contemporary Costa Rican Writers)

El curso aborda la principal producción literaria femenina en Costa Rica. Se enfoca en el análisis de temáticas presentes en los diferentes textos y su relación con la realidad nacional.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3000 – Introducción al Análisis Literario (Introduction to Literary Analysis)

El curso ofrece una introducción por parte de los estudiantes al estudio de la literatura en español y presenta los recursos básicos para la elaboración de un comentario o análisis literario. El estudiante adquirirá la terminología necesaria así como métodos críticos que le permitan generar comentarios y explicación de textos informados.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3050 – Fonética y Fonología (Phonetics and Phonology)

En este curso se aprenden métodos y herramientas de la lingüística descriptiva aplicada a la fonética y articulación.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3070 – Introducción a la Traducción (Introduction to Translation)

Una introducción a las herramientas teóricas y prácticas para el proceso de traducción del inglés al español. Los estudiantes aprenderán a hacer traducciones de textos sencillos de complejidad intermedia y avanzada tratando de mantener la mayor fidelidad posible con la intención y estilo del autor.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3020 – Lecturas Selectas de la Literatura Latinoamericana (Select Readings from Latin American Literature)

Estudio panorámico de autores, corrientes literarias o particularidades de género en la literatura Latinoamericana.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4330 – Tópicos Selectos en la Literatura Española (Select Topics in Spanish Literature)

Este curso es una panorámica de la literatura española, desde sus inicios hasta la primera mitad de la literatura contemporánea. Presenta una visión general de cada período en los que se ha dividido la literatura española, así como sus principales características. También se estudian los textos más representativos de los exponentes de cada período.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1100 Principles of Medical Entomology in the Tropics

This course focuses on knowing and recognizing the basic biology, identification, classification, impact, and management, of insects that represent hazards to human health. To date, mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals around the world, with more deaths caused by mosquito-vectored diseases than from the attack of any wild animal. In the past several methods have been used to control the outbreaks of these insects, specially pesticide-based which in turn just aggravated the problem because of insecticide resistance. The tropics have been particularly affected by insects with human health impacts. For this reason, several private and public initiatives focus on developing ways to palliate these insects. This course will cover basic and applied aspects of Medical Entomology, with an especial focus on the ecological and socio-economic conditions of the tropics. This course will be based on field trips, talks, the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with people working on these subjects. Therefore, this course is aimed at any student with an interest in human health, biology, economics, sustainability, and anthropology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

Basic Spanish I

This course is an introduction to Spanish for beginners with no previous knowledge of the language. Students develop basic linguistic skills necessary in order to communicate in common situations. The course covers basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, communicative expressions and frequent situations in settings such as restaurants, stores, buses and others. Emphasis is given to understanding, speaking, reading and cross-cultural perspectives.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Basic Spanish II

This course is for students who have completed a minimum of 60 contact hours in Spanish studies and already have a command of elementary grammatical tenses. Students advance their previous experiential knowledge and further develop their oral, reading, written and listening skills. Students expand their vocabulary and language usage in order to facilitate interaction with the Costa Rican environment and be able to express themselves in the past.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish I

Students in this course should have a good command of communicative skills for everyday situations and a structural command of the present tense. The objective of this course is to develop the student’s oral and written skills and emphasizes more complex grammatical structures. Students should develop a good command of all past indicative tenses.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish II

This course emphasizes discourse enrichment, specifically related to description and simple narrations. The content of the course includes vocabulary building and detailed wok with the subjunctive mode and other complex grammatical structures. Students also learn idiomatic expressions used in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Conversational Spanish

This course is for students who already have a high intermediate level of Spanish and wish to better their communication skills and pronunciation. The course emphasizes situational, everyday conversations and certain cultural issues. The methodology enhances structured speech to provide a firm foundation in patterns of spoken Spanish with progression toward unstructured conversation.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish I

This course is based on grammatical analysis, expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions through readings, and student compositions at a complex level. The objective is for students to acquire a high level of communicative Spanish that will permit them to express their opinions and thoughts on complex and controversial subjects.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish II

This course is designed for students who wish to perfect their oral and written skills. Students should have a high linguistic level and full knowledge of grammatical structures in order to work on polishing stylistics. Students practice narrative constructions, reactions within non-expected contexts, and how to report compiled information. The course also covers important aspects of myths, as well as cultural issues in Latin America.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced 2  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Oral Expression Techniques

This course focuses on advanced communication and presentation skills. Students work on communication techniques and efficient oral expression in formal contexts.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Writing

This course is for high advanced-level students who want to further develop their written skills through different composition practices and techniques. The course covers complex and difficult questions of syntax. Special attention is given to stylistics and composition structure.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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SPN 141 Basic Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for the purpose of giving health personnel, who do not have any previous Spanish experience, the tools necessary for interacting with and interviewing simulated Spanish speaking patients.

During the four weeks of the course, the students will acquire the linguistic knowledge and skills that will permit them to communicate at a basic level with simulated Spanish speaking patients.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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SPN 241 Intermediate Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for health personnel that has taken a minimum of 100 elective hours of Spanish as a second language. The goal of this course is to deepen the knowledge of medical related Spanish and increase the competency of communications in specifically simulated situations with Spanish speaking patients.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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SPN 341 Advanced Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for health personnel that have an advanced background in Spanish and who need to improve their linguistic competency in order to interact with their Spanish-speaking patients and their families. Pre-requisite four semesters minimum of college Spanish.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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ARCH 3112 – History of Latin American Architecture and Art

A chronological overview of the main inventions and influences that contributed to the making of past and present architecture in Latin America, analyzing the artistic manifestations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ARCH 3200 – Tropical Architecture and Design

This course teaches students to develop the skill to analyze a particular architectural situation and be able to offer adequate design solutions that will guarantee a good quality environment. It is offered to all students with no previous knowledge of design projection and means of graphic expression, who want to learn about tropical design.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ART 1301 – Basic Principles of Drawing

This studio art course introduces basic principles of drawing. The course includes model drawings, landscape drawings, and experimental (abstract) drawings. The focus of this course is on the development of expression and observational drawing from still life, a model, and landscapes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2100 – Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice

This course is designed for the beginner student to help find personal meaning in works of art and develop a better understanding of the nature and validity of art as visual and space language (line, shape, volume, light, space, time, motion, color, and texture). This means that you will learn about the essentials of art through experience and experimentation. Through determination and an open mind, you will increase your creativity and discover more interesting ways to understand and judge the visual arts. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in the artwork. With a willingness to work and an open mind, your experiences in this class will be memorable in a positive way. Upon completion, students should understand the basics of art materials used and have a basic overview of the history of art and how art represents its society, especially, Latin American culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2130 – Mural Painting and Public Art

This studio art course introduces theoretical and practical aspects of large-scale painting, murals, and public art. The course includes an actual practicum in large-scale media and experimentation of early and contemporary techniques including drawing, fresco, painting, aerosol and various industrial materials. The objective of this course is for students to develop understanding about some of the social roles of art and the impact of murals in communities, based on its historical and contemporary applications. The course will enable the student to control scale, color, specific techniques and safety measures aimed at public spaces. Students will incorporate a Service Learning component by either conducting a collective workshop with children from a rural location or actually painting a collective mural as a donation to a community. The Students fine arts background will help with the complexity of the final collective project but the course does not require previous painting knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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CTV 3400 – Documentary Appreciation

Documentary Appreciation will focus on the critical analysis of audiovisual documentaries, exploring film and photography mediums in traditional and new media. Class interactions will comprise academic learning, viewing and discussion of material, practical exercises and written assignments.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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DNCE 2500 – Introduction to Latin American Tropical Dance

This course explores the technique, rhythm and movement style of Latin American Tropical dance. History, anthropology, folklore videos and songs are part of this experiential course. This course will provide students with a general overview and a better understanding of the folklore and history of Latin American dance. They should also be acquainted with some of the basic rhythms in various countries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENG 150 – College Writing

This course is for the development of basic invention practices such as brainstorming, free writing, outlining, and journaling. Students will have to develop skills in personal narrative, exposition, as well as analytical, descriptive, argumentative writing. The course works with the process-based writing and also explores creative sources such as reading, thinking, analyzing, and discussion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

ETH 3100 – Selected Topics in Afro-Caribbean Studies

This course examines a particular topic, theme, issue, or problem concerning the Black presence in Costa Rica and Central America. Sample offerings could include Central America and ethnic politics, history, and Culture, Blacks in Central American governments, Contemporary Black literature, History of the Black experience in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PFA 3000 – Performing Arts Production Workshop

This workshop is a studio class in which participants explore – and practice – the distinctive components of the production, mounting, and staging of an acted/choreographed/musicalized production. This course gives participants a rare opportunity to develop their competencies for the performing arts. Our goal is to explore artistic risk-taking in an uplifting environment. The heart of the program is teaching young aspiring performers – and participants in general – how to deliver a performance that connects deeply and authentically with themselves and their audience.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

PHIL-3100 Philosophy and Integrated Thought of the Classical World

This course is an overview of the history and selected concepts in major eastern and western philosophical movements and systems from ancient to the middle age periods. Students will reflect on certain topics such as mind-body, concept of God, knowledge of self and others, predestination and free will, cause and effect and other fundamental ideas in classical knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PHOT 2100 – Ecological Photography

This course offers general and basic knowledge and skills about the possibilities and stages of digital photography applied to ecological exploration. Through practice exercises and field trips students will apply the information provided in lectures. Students will be able to consciously create and manipulate digital photographic images while exploring Costa Rican ecological systems.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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PHOT 2130 – Cultural Photography

The course offers the acquisition of basic photographic skills as a means of cultural exploration. Through practice exercises and field trips aiming to apply the information provided through lectures, students will consciously explore Costa Rican culture through the creation of photographic images and essays. Students will be able to consciously create photographs that document aspects of Costa Rican Culture through Portraiture and Landscapes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SOCY-3050 Diversity and Sexual Identity in Latin America

This course will study the LGBTQ+ community and related social issues in the Latin American Context. Special attention will be given to the Costa Rican case study where sexuality, identity, expression, health, community, family, and other social, political and lifestyle issues will be discussed. This course offers students one of the only opportunities to study LGBTQ+ Latin American dynamics and issues. It is one of the first of its kind in the region and a pioneering offer for study abroad students in the Costa Rican setting. This is a young, but growing field of study in Latin America and defiantly one that deserves much attention, especially as the Latin American region is home to some of the most homophobic countries in the world and at the same time undergoing radical change in terms of its acceptance of the complete spectrum of sexuality and identity expression. This course has three main objectives: 1) students will be invited to explore LGBTQ+ Latin American community issues, 2) to appreciate how particular countries are advancing in relation to equality before the law while studying the social groups pushing for change, and 3) to critically assess present-day contexts that are struggling with recently developed anti-discriminatory frameworks.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3100 – Habitudes: Habits and Attitudes from Emerging Christian Leadership

In this course, the instructor with use the book “habits: shaping the leadership habits and attitude of the image” to guide the team to discuss. In today’s society, students cannot just seek to survive in school. If campus life is to prepare students to meet the unknown future, they must learn to lead. This means that they must first lead themselves, in the field of their interest, such as the leader of the general thinking. Over the past six years, the “Leadership Growth” program of the Higher Education Institute, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation, has conducted a survey of thousands of students from the new millennium. We will also study the development of the student leadership in-depth study.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3120 – Revolution, Spirituality, and Religion in Latin America

This course provides students with a panoramic view of the influence of gods and religions on Latin America. The Latin American region represents some of the richest religions in the world, and religiosity runs through the entire Latin American continent, including Brazilian Budu to teach emerging Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The region also has a significant impact on sustainable development and ecological thinking. The course will review the Latin American region’s successful combination of religion and sustainable development and the most influential thinkers, such as Leonardo Boff. The course also covers historical analysis and the impact of various tendencies on cultural, social and political aspects of Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3150 – Major World Religions

In this course, we will study the world’s major religions: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. We will discuss the following questions: What is the core belief? Is there a future? What is the expectation of religious believers? Each religion represents the people of God, and understanding the different worldviews of religion will help us to better respect and love religion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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COMM 3070 – Creative Conflict Resolution

A multicultural, gender-sensitive course is designed for students who wish to learn strategies and techniques in thought and behavior transformations for conflict resolution. The course focuses on techniques to bring about positive focused changes through continuous experiences in community building and self-improvement. The course is based on the Alternatives to Violence Project; a program started in NY State in the seventies. Fundacion CEPPA, Center for Peace Studies, has implemented this program in Costa Rica, Switzerland, and other Latin American countries since 1990. Using a participatory and interactive methodology, the emphasis is made on the following themes: Self-esteem and self-care, communication skills, cooperation, community building and conflict resolution, including mediation, bias awareness, and cultural diversity. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a school, a communal group or a penal institution.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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COMM 3200 – Intercultural Communication

This course addresses issues of diversity and commonalities amongst human beings, implications and applications according to each situation and professional context. Students will develop skills for intercultural competence.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ECON 3403 – Introduction to International Economics & Latin America

Examines Latin American policies that affect the international economy, with attention to trade barriers, economic nationalism and regionalism, international political economy, exchange market intervention and international transmission of economic perturbations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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GEB 3350 – Introduction to International Business

This course provides an overview the f cultural environment of international business and the institutions which affect business today. The Latin American perspective with regard to the U.S., Asia and Europe is examined: NAFTA, Merco Sur, the EC and other common market areas and agreements.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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MGMT 3030 – Creative Leadership Skills

Provides the opportunity to learn about and practice the skills required for managerial excellence. These skills include leadership, negotiation, conducting performance appraisals, delegation, effective communication, interviewing and making hiring decisions and effective human resource management.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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MKTG 3010 – International Marketing Management

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of international marketing in terms of both the challenges and opportunities. The course assumes that students are familiar with basic marketing terms and have a basic to mid understanding of marketing concepts. The course will examine the concepts related to international marketing, while students analyze case studies and propose ideas through assignments to attain the objectives of the course.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3005 – Environmental Impact And Social Development

This course is an introduction to the study of major environmental problems and issues confronting modern society. Students will examine ecosystems, population patterns, and dynamics; use and misuse of resources; population and environmental quality; environmental citizenship and economic incentives and Costa Rican initiatives in eco-tourism.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3044 – Tropical Ecology

Students will learn about the interactions between earth and land and how these interactions or processes affect our life and the stability of the planet. Emphasis will be given to the study of the most relevant tropical ecosystems such as: tropical rain forest, cloud forests, coral reefs and mangroves. Field trips to selected environments will provide on-site examples of some of the issues learned through class work and readings. All field trips are mandatory.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3020 – Marine Molecular Biology

This course focuses on the use of molecular markers based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA to highlight the importance of conservation genetics and the implications on a global scale to manage marine species in danger of extinction.

Activities and conferences will be carried out at the CPI Biomolecular Laboratory (BIOMOL). In addition, students will experience field activities to understand some controversial conservation issues related to the endangered trapezoidal marine species in Costa Rica, such as sea turtles and sharks, gathering Tissue samples and later performing hands-on activities in the laboratory such as DNA extractions, PCRs, electrophoresis, and introduction to bioinformatics analysis. This is a theoretical-practical course and it seeks to clarify the following question: How to apply molecular biology techniques in addressing problems regarding the conservation biology of endangered marine species in Costa Rica?

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3050 – Biology of Edible Insects: A Sustainable Food Source

This entomology course explores the use of insects as food sources for human and animal feeding. In an era of a food crisis, climate change, habitat loss, air pollution and so many environmental problems, the look for more sustainable solutions is pushing to look back into ancient traditions, technical strategies and the scientific integration of both to supply the nutritional needs for human development. One of these possible solutions is the use of insects as food sources. Entomophagy is the practice of consuming edible insects. Latin America, South Asia, and African countries have engaged on entomophagy since ancient times. However, this is a disappearing practice. This course is theoretical and practical look at the origins of entomophagy, its current state and how to use it for a sustainable future. This course will be based on the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with edible insects whenever possible. Therefore, this course is aimed at any professional with an interesting sustainability, gastronomy, anthropology, and biology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3100 – Tropical Birds (Tropical Ornithology)

This course provides an introduction to the main topics of ornithology, with an emphasis on neotropical avifauna. Major topics include the unique features that make neotropical avifauna a highlight of bird studies, including its evolutionary relationships, the extremely high species diversity of the neotropics, and the natural history of Costa Rican birds. With more than 900 bird species, Costa Rica provides a unique introduction to Neotropical ornithology and birding. Two field trips will introduce the main bird groups present in Costa Rica, their behavior, and the skills needed to identify them.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3120 – Land Vertebrates of Costa Rica

This course is an introduction to the zoology of terrestrial vertebrates in Costa Rica. Students will gain insight into various biological characteristics of the groups of land chordates in the country. Costa Rica has an immensely rich animal biodiversity, with an influence of both North American and South American fauna and is a world-renowned hot spot for animal research and conservation.

Emphasis will be given to the study of Costa Rican species, but others will be discussed as well.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3160 – Conservation Biology and Endangered Marine Species

This course is aimed to highlight the importance of conservation biology in managing endangered marine species by emphasizing recent conservation efforts of umbrella species such as sea turtles and sharks in the Pacific of Costa Rica. Marine ecosystems of the eastern tropical Pacific provide a baseline source for species of high commercial interest in satisfying humans’ demand for food worldwide. However, numerous marine species are threatened by unsustainable human activities, such as overfishing and habitat destruction. This course will help students develop a critical understanding of conservation biology, by emphasizing the general concept of biodiversity and in current case studies that focus on scientific investigations to answer critical life history aspects, recovery programs, species management, community conservation actions and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3170 – Freshwater Ecology (Limnology)

Water is a vital resource and limited resource that is in danger, and demand for this resource is growing. The goal of this course is to help students understand the physical, chemical and biological properties of inland aquatic environments (wetlands, lakes, rivers, mangroves, and reservoirs). It aims to emphasize the problems and conservation efforts for water resources, and to review methods for monitoring aquatic environments through field trips and laboratory work.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3190 – Tropical Marine Biology

The course studies the balance between ecosystems and human stress and demands on the constant changing Marine environment. All field trips are mandatory. Certified Divers may pay a $100 fee in order to complete 2 immersions in each field trip (4 immersions total).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3200 – Marine Mammals of Costa Rica: Biology and Conservation

This course is an introduction to the biology of marine mammals of Costa Rica, including whales, dolphins, manatees fur seals and sea lions. Topics covered include the evolution, physiology, behavior, and ecology of marine mammals. Particular attention is paid to current topics in the management and conservation of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) in Costa Rica within marine protected areas or with local coastal communities. Fieldwork will focus on basic ecological monitoring techniques and primary care on marine mammals strandings.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3740 – Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations

This course is an introduction to renewable energies and their impact on development and future needs of the planet Earth. Mankind is facing serious natural disasters and events caused by global warming and climate change. These phenomena are related to the population growth and the increase in fossil fuels burning, particularly after the industrial revolution. There is a general concern and interest of societies to change gradually toward the implementation of renewable energies to meet human needs in the future. This course will be focused on Costa Rica’s potential for renewable energies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 4030 – Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

This course will examine agricultural and food systems from an ecological systems perspective. After establishing a foundation of basic ecological concepts (relationships and interactions between abiotic/non-living and biotic/living components of an ecosystem), different applications of these concepts to agricultural systems will be investigated. Consumption and production issues related to food system sustainability will be analyzed, and students will explore their own role in the food system. Field trips will provide opportunities for direct observation of (and interaction with)different approaches to food production and distribution in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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NV 4040 – Sustainable Development and Environmental Awareness

This course is an introduction to current world problems related to natural resource management and conservation, and their effects on sustainable development efforts in tropical countries. Current issues that impact the possibility for development, such as poverty, global warming, deforestation and access to potable water will be analyzed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 4100 – Biotechnology and Sustainability

This course emphasizes the vast possibilities offered by biotechnology for sustainable development through the study of specific cases in Costa Rica. Fundamental and applied concepts of biotechnology will be explored and discussed in terms of life, environmental and social sciences. Work will be heavily based on the study of cases in which biotechnology has become into the best solution for social and environmental situations. The course is for students in many areas such as engineering, scientific and social sciences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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GEB 3500 – Ecotourism: The Costa Rica Case

The course will offer the chance to analyze this dynamic process from different socio-economic perspectives. It will discuss the economic importance of ecotourism for the Costa Rican national economy, the stimulation of grassroots, community ecotourism projects, and the role of ecotourism in securing environmental protection. The advances and limitations of ecotourism will be explored.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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MGTG 3150 – Sustainable Consumption and Production

Sustainable consumption (SC) and production is a holistic approach to minimizing the negative environmental impacts from consumption and production systems while promoting quality of life for all. This course will help students acquire the knowledge, capacities, and values to help them contribute to shaping a better tomorrow as more responsible consumers. It will trace the history and the justification for the focus on sustainable consumption. This course will provide students with a) an understanding of our responsibilities as consumers to critically analyze the life-cycles of any consumer products in the face of marketing techniques that induce unsustainable consumption; b) an understanding of the need for innovative solutions to many of our unsustainable consumer habits; and c) hopefully, the desire to become proactive citizens in assuming more sustainable lifestyles.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SUSD 3000 – Sustainable Lifestyles

This course builds upon the results of the Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles (GSSL), established in the 2011 document Visions for Change: Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles, which incorporates the voices of 8,000 young adults from 20 different countries.With half the world’s population under 30 years of age, Visions for Change stresses the importance of listening to youth and provides valuable insight into how to build sustainable lifestyles (SLs) with a youth-centered focus. Sustainable lifestyles, which promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, represent an essential component of sustainable development.

In September of 2015, the United Nations General Assembly approved the post-2015 development agenda Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity over the next 15 years, and includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide a holistic framework and the basis for the development of SLs.

The main objective of the course is designed to give youth a voice and work together to better understand and educate young adults, therefore empowering them to create their own positive versions of SLs and become agents of change.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SUSD 3100 – Gender and Sustainable Development

This course will study the intersection between gender, socio-economic discrimination and the shift toward sustainable development. The following themes are among many that will be addressed throughout the course: Women and natural resources use, women and the forests, women’s role in conservation, women and land use and agriculture, rural women, women and the built environment, women and environmental policy, women in relation to poverty, risk, mitigation, adaption for climate change, female civil society and political actors pushing for change, women the environment and sustainable innovations. The aforementioned issues will be explored in the context of the Latin America and Caribbean case study with special emphasis on the Costa Rican context where possible. Students will be encouraged to compare the region with their homeland experiences and situation and be strongly encouraged to critically assess the advances, challenges, and propose solutions. The issue of gender will be thoroughly introduced, gender dynamics profiled, and gender policy contemplated. There will be a special emphasis on the situation of Latin American and Caribbean women, the environment and sustainable development, however, this course aims to be inclusive, and recognizes that there are many gender identities and that gender issues touch everybody’s lives. Students are welcome to participate and study the environment and sustainable development throughout the course according to any or all gender identities and therefore be active participants in the unraveling and improvement of sustainable development itself. We will work with local women in the community and gain hands-on practical experience during farm and forest project work.

Students will carry out surveys, develop in research projects and participate in two field trips to help them to understand the dynamics and complexities of gender and sustainable development.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1020 – Physical Therapy and Rehab Exercises for Common Sport Injuries

This course will introduce basic concepts of human anatomy, an overview of the most common injuries and illnesses that require physical therapy, and an introduction to the different tools and methods used to treat them. The course will consist of lectures about the theoretical concepts, and also laboratory practice, which will allow the student a hands-on experience of the different techniques given during the lectures. At the end of the course, the student will have general knowledge on various areas of expertise, and on techniques such as massage therapy, electrotherapy, and therapeutic exercises, among others.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1050 – Holistic Health Approaches

This course will introduce basic concepts of alternative medicine. Also this course will explore, and evaluate alternatives approaches and philosophies to personal health and wellness. Some of the topics included are: Homeopathy, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Acupuncture, Herbal and Nutritional Therapies, Massage, Chiropractic, Electromagnetic Therapy, Breathing Exercise and others.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 3070 – Conflict Resolution and Health Care

This course will introduce basic concepts of alternative medicine. Health service delivery today encounters frequent conflicts, disputes, and other difficult situations, many of them derived from larger changes occurring in the health systems of the world. These conflicts include differences due to multiculturalism; the appropriateness and quality of care; gender issues; power disputes and providers and recipients over institutional and funding policies. Violence, its effects and costs will be part of this course, particularly under the WHO definition and perspectives. Costa Rican health care systems will be part of the course. This interactive, hands-on course offers a framework to integrate professional experience with functional communication and mediation skills. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their leadership into progress on matters of public health importance. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a medical facility, community or school.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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HIS 3293 – Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine

Costa Rica’s health care system is unique due to the fact that it’s socialized and has achieved excellent health indicators. The course focuses on the history and development of the public health care system within the context of the Costa Rican sociopolitical and economic situation. It also gives a strong emphasis on how the system actually works and points out not only the strongholds of the systems but also its weak points. A third objective, of fundamental importance in order to understand this system, is the study of Costa Rica as a tropical country. Students will learn about the prevention and transmission of relevant tropical diseases.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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PSY 2200 – Health Psychology

The World Health Organization defines health as being “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well- being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Based on this definition, the concepts of health and illness have changed. Nowadays, healthcare professionals have to tackle the health from a bio-psycho-social concept. For this reason, it is extremely important for healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, just to mention some) to have general information about Health Psychology, which studies how biology, behavior, and social context influence health and illness. In this way, healthcare professionals can have an integrated approach to the patients under their treatment. This will discuss some of the most common topics related to Health Psychology and pertinent to practice in the healthcare professions.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PSY 3050 – Cultural Psychology

This course introduces students to the field of psychology that examines the influence of culture upon human behavior and cognitive processes. “Culture” is defined as the shared norms, values, and behaviors of groups and of the individuals in those groups. We will focus on such topics as cultural factors in self-concept, gender roles, motivation, cognition, emotions, relationships, and social values. Our exploration will be based on psychological theories, research, guest lecturers, and field experiences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS 2302 – Contemporary Latin American History

This course is a survey of the main events in Latin American History after its independence. Topics include the historical causes and effects of the independence, some of the main issues on social, economic and political problems and the main historical leaders in modern Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS-3130 Sustainability and Resources Management in the Ancient World

Students will learn about the relationship ancient civilizations like Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, India, Greece, Rome, the Celts, and the Pre-Colombian Americans had with their environment. Students will explore how these cultures interacted with nature and its resources, as land, forests, water and minerals. In addition, they will be able to identify the main characteristics that allow civilizations to create a sustainable relationship with their surroundings and habitat, if this is the case. This historic overview will allow students to liken and contrast our present day societies with the Ancient World.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS 3290 – Costa Rican Economic and Human Development

This course introduces the principal socio-economic and political features that have shaped and defined the history and development of Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HUM 3513 – Costa Rica Colloquium: History and Culture

This course provides general survey of the complex heritage and social evolution of Costa Rica, using a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach and focusing on the historical development and present day dynamics of economy, society, politics, natural resources and culture. Emphasis will be placed upon different topics throughout the course, based on participating students’ diverse backgrounds and expectations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 2500 – Human Rights in Latin America

A particular emphasis will be given to the case of Costa Rica, giving the students an opportunity to explore the development of human rights in the following areas: women’s rights, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, the CAFTA agreement and labor rights, indigenous groups and human rights, disability and age issues, and the prison environment.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3100 – Costa Rican Tradition: Peace and Democracy

The general objective of this course is to discuss, with students, the social, economic and political issues of the process of construction of peace and democracy in Costa Rica and Central America (1948-2005).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3220 – Migration, Globalization, and Social Change

The course introduces students to the theories and practices of international human migration as a phenomenon that, while present throughout history, has a particular emphasis in today’s world. With human ramifications, its strong societal effects are evident on both ends of the issue—the nations from which people leave, and the targeted destinations. We will review the phenomenon based on its most prominent manifestations: forced migrations, voluntary migrations and internal displacements of groupings of people, and the motivational underpinnings that provoke such drastic actions as the uprooting of home and family in pursuit of presumably better opportunities. Migration is perceived by peoples in despair as an alternative to heavily weighing social, political and/or economic conditions, even when factoring in risks such as personal safety and adaptation to an unknown culture. Within this framework, we will analyze issues such as return migrations, the effects of remittances, the formation of diaspora communities, and the myriad of problems brought about by cultural adaptation and assimilation.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3420 – Costa Rican Environmental Policy

This course will explore the dynamics of environmental management, environmental histories, policy, politics and action in the case study of Costa Rica and beyond. It will study environmental history and policy at a regional and national level; it will explore the emergence of Costa Rica’s cutting edge environmental politics and governmental commitments (the greening of the public sector and carbon neutrality and others); it will look back at Costa Rica’s conservation history and critically review its conservation and sustainable development model; it will present an understanding of the ‘state of the nation and region’ in regard to environmental indicators (land use methods and statistics, deforestation and reforestation data, contamination and waste indicators); it will identify the individuals and organizations working on taking authentic action in environmental protection; it will take a close look at how government policy translates into practice by reviewing cases studies of community and grassroots action in forestry, organic farming, recycling, cooperatives, and women’s environmental groups; and lastly, it will address some of central issues and challenges facing these activities and the resultant environmental conflicts.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3450 -International Relations in Latin America

The course will analyze the aspects of the Economic Integration, globalization and conditions for a successful integration between economies and the effects of free trade in the region as well as the effects of protectionism. There will be a special treatment on foreign investments and joint ventures in the Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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TECH 2100 – Introduction to Programming and Coding

This course is an Introduction to programming and coding, focused on teaching the basics in programming to develop projects. The programming language that will be used is Java because of its ease to use and powerful applications in online applets. Students will develop at least one full project assisted by the professor and fellow students to demonstrate the knowledge gained.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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TECH 3100 – Digital Media Installations

This course will focus on the conceptual role that an artist or a multidisciplinary creative director has in the Digital Media field. Students will work on three creative projects. A film-animation, a website-portfolio, and a digital painting project. Throughout the course many team management skills will also be practiced including daily icebreakers, ideation-brainstorming, team leading and following, selling pitch presentations, sketching and fast Prototyping.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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SPN 1002 – Comunicación Oral Básica (Basic Oral Communication)

Este curso está diseñado para estudiantes de español como segunda lengua que cuentan con un dominio elemental del idioma en los aspectos morfosintácticos, léxico-semántico y fonético-fonológicos, por lo que deben haber aprobado el nivel básico 1. A lo largo del curso, desarrollará su competencia comunicativa oral, que le permitirá desenvolverse de manera efectiva y eficaz en situaciones cotidianas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3520 – Dialectología Latinoamericana (Latin American Dialectology)

Este curso explora una perspectiva socio-histórica de la lengua como un aspecto de estudio importante, para comprender el mecanismo lingüístico actual dentro de diferentes contextos sociales de habla. El enfoque de este curso es analizar la variedad dialectal que se refleja en los diferentes países latinoamericanos mediante rasgos: fonológicos, morfológicos y léxicos que toman en cuenta elementos culturales.

Además, el curso pretende como objetivo primordial conocer y poner en práctica estrategias dialectales para fomentar elementos comunicativos auténticos que enriquezcan el uso del idioma español.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4390 – El Cine y Literatura Latinoamericana (Latin American Literature in Film) (3) [Syllabus]

Este curso es un estudio de algunas producciones cinematográficas basadas en textos literarios de reconocidos escritores latinoamericanos. El curso se basa en el análisis y discusión de las principales características de la cultura, valores y temáticas de la realidad Latinoamericana presentes en dichasmuestras literarias y cinematográficas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4110 – Escritoras Contemporaneas Costarricenses (Contemporary Costa Rican Writers)

El curso aborda la principal producción literaria femenina en Costa Rica. Se enfoca en el análisis de temáticas presentes en los diferentes textos y su relación con la realidad nacional.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3000 – Introducción al Análisis Literario (Introduction to Literary Analysis)

El curso ofrece una introducción por parte de los estudiantes al estudio de la literatura en español y presenta los recursos básicos para la elaboración de un comentario o análisis literario. El estudiante adquirirá la terminología necesaria así como métodos críticos que le permitan generar comentarios y explicación de textos informados.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3050 – Fonética y Fonología (Phonetics and Phonology)

En este curso se aprenden métodos y herramientas de la lingüística descriptiva aplicada a la fonética y articulación.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3070 – Introducción a la Traducción (Introduction to Translation)

Una introducción a las herramientas teóricas y prácticas para el proceso de traducción del inglés al español. Los estudiantes aprenderán a hacer traducciones de textos sencillos de complejidad intermedia y avanzada tratando de mantener la mayor fidelidad posible con la intención y estilo del autor.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3020 – Lecturas Selectas de la Literatura Latinoamericana (Select Readings from Latin American Literature)

Estudio panorámico de autores, corrientes literarias o particularidades de género en la literatura Latinoamericana.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4330 – Tópicos Selectos en la Literatura Española (Select Topics in Spanish Literature)

Este curso es una panorámica de la literatura española, desde sus inicios hasta la primera mitad de la literatura contemporánea. Presenta una visión general de cada período en los que se ha dividido la literatura española, así como sus principales características. También se estudian los textos más representativos de los exponentes de cada período.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1100 Principles of Medical Entomology in the Tropics

This course focuses on knowing and recognizing the basic biology, identification, classification, impact, and management, of insects that represent hazards to human health. To date, mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals around the world, with more deaths caused by mosquito-vectored diseases than from the attack of any wild animal. In the past several methods have been used to control the outbreaks of these insects, specially pesticide-based which in turn just aggravated the problem because of insecticide resistance. The tropics have been particularly affected by insects with human health impacts. For this reason, several private and public initiatives focus on developing ways to palliate these insects. This course will cover basic and applied aspects of Medical Entomology, with an especial focus on the ecological and socio-economic conditions of the tropics. This course will be based on field trips, talks, the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with people working on these subjects. Therefore, this course is aimed at any student with an interest in human health, biology, economics, sustainability, and anthropology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

CHEM 1050 Introduction to the Physical and Chemical Basis of Everyday Life

This course is designed for students of non-scientific fields that strive to understand the chemical and physical (PChem) basis of everyday life. The goal is to deliver information and promote their own interest in scientific and technical issues through a question/answer approach.

Class demonstrations and fields trips are included to illustrate specific subjects. The course concentrates on simple but important aspects of modern day societies, such as X rays and CAT scans, the production and utilization of gasoline and polymers, the chemical fate and impact of chemicals on the environment and a variety of technical and scientific aspects related to human life concerns.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

TECH 2100 Introduction to Programming and Coding: Java

This course is an Introduction to programming and coding, focused on teaching the basics of programming to develop projects. The programming language that will be used is Java because of its ease to use and powerful applications in online applets. After understanding the general concepts of programming, at least one project will be developed by the students in order to demonstrate the knowledge gained in an assisted manner with the professor and fellow students.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

SUSD 2500 Biomimicry: Learning from Nature's Strategies

This course is designed to introduce students from different backgrounds, interests, and careers the basic fundamentals of Biomimicry, its methodology and its application as a design tool in creative processes. Participants have the opportunity, through dedicated time and access to sources of interest, to explore the application of these basic foundations in their own field or area of interest. The course offers the opportunity to connect, see, feel and touch local biodiversity, and to experience the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature of biomimicry, learning how to access and communicate with people from diverse perspectives and experiences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

HHD 1100 Principles of Medical Entomology in the Tropics

This course focuses on knowing and recognizing the basic biology, identification, classification, impact, and management of insects that represent hazards to human health. To date, mosquitos are the most dangerous animals in the world, with more deaths caused by mosquito-vectored diseases than from the attack of any wild animal. In the past several methods have been used to control the outbreaks of these insects, specifically pesticide-based, which in turn just aggravated the problem because of insecticide resistance.

This course will cover basic and applied aspects of medical entomology, with a special focus on the ecological and socio-economic conditions of the tropics. This course will be based on field trips, talks, the study of multimedia, literature, visits, and practical contact with people working on these subjects. Therefore, this course is geared towards students with an interest in human health, biology, economics, sustainability, and anthropology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Basic Spanish I

This course is an introduction to Spanish for beginners with no previous knowledge of the language. Students develop basic linguistic skills necessary in order to communicate in common situations. The course covers basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, communicative expressions and frequent situations in settings such as restaurants, stores, buses and others. Emphasis is given to understanding, speaking, reading and cross-cultural perspectives.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Basic Spanish II

This course is for students who have completed a minimum of 60 contact hours in Spanish studies and already have a command of elementary grammatical tenses. Students advance their previous experiential knowledge and further develop their oral, reading, written and listening skills. Students expand their vocabulary and language usage in order to facilitate interaction with the Costa Rican environment and be able to express themselves in the past.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish I

Students in this course should have a good command of communicative skills for everyday situations and a structural command of the present tense. The objective of this course is to develop the student’s oral and written skills and emphasizes more complex grammatical structures. Students should develop a good command of all past indicative tenses.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish II

This course emphasizes discourse enrichment, specifically related to description and simple narrations. The content of the course includes vocabulary building and detailed wok with the subjunctive mode and other complex grammatical structures. Students also learn idiomatic expressions used in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Conversational Spanish

This course is for students who already have a high intermediate level of Spanish and wish to better their communication skills and pronunciation. The course emphasizes situational, everyday conversations and certain cultural issues. The methodology enhances structured speech to provide a firm foundation in patterns of spoken Spanish with progression toward unstructured conversation.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish I

This course is based on grammatical analysis, expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions through readings, and student compositions at a complex level. The objective is for students to acquire a high level of communicative Spanish that will permit them to express their opinions and thoughts on complex and controversial subjects.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish II

This course is designed for students who wish to perfect their oral and written skills. Students should have a high linguistic level and full knowledge of grammatical structures in order to work on polishing stylistics. Students practice narrative constructions, reactions within non-expected contexts, and how to report compiled information. The course also covers important aspects of myths, as well as cultural issues in Latin America.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced 2  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Oral Expression Techniques

This course focuses on advanced communication and presentation skills. Students work on communication techniques and efficient oral expression in formal contexts.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Writing

This course is for high advanced-level students who want to further develop their written skills through different composition practices and techniques. The course covers complex and difficult questions of syntax. Special attention is given to stylistics and composition structure.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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SPN 141 Basic Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for the purpose of giving health personnel, who do not have any previous Spanish experience, the tools necessary for interacting with and interviewing simulated Spanish speaking patients.

During the four weeks of the course, the students will acquire the linguistic knowledge and skills that will permit them to communicate at a basic level with simulated Spanish speaking patients.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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SPN 241 Intermediate Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for health personnel that has taken a minimum of 100 elective hours of Spanish as a second language. The goal of this course is to deepen the knowledge of medical related Spanish and increase the competency of communications in specifically simulated situations with Spanish speaking patients.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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SPN 341 Advanced Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for health personnel that have an advanced background in Spanish and who need to improve their linguistic competency in order to interact with their Spanish-speaking patients and their families. Pre-requisite four semesters minimum of college Spanish.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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ARCH 3112 – History of Latin American Architecture and Art

A chronological overview of the main inventions and influences that contributed to the making of past and present architecture in Latin America, analyzing the artistic manifestations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ARCH 3200 – Tropical Architecture and Design

This course teaches students to develop the skill to analyze a particular architectural situation and be able to offer adequate design solutions that will guarantee a good quality environment. It is offered to all students with no previous knowledge of design projection and means of graphic expression, who want to learn about tropical design.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ART 1301 – Basic Principles of Drawing

This studio art course introduces basic principles of drawing. The course includes model drawings, landscape drawings, and experimental (abstract) drawings. The focus of this course is on the development of expression and observational drawing from still life, a model, and landscapes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2100 – Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice

This course is designed for the beginner student to help find personal meaning in works of art and develop a better understanding of the nature and validity of art as visual and space language (line, shape, volume, light, space, time, motion, color, and texture). This means that you will learn about the essentials of art through experience and experimentation. Through determination and an open mind, you will increase your creativity and discover more interesting ways to understand and judge the visual arts. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in the artwork. With a willingness to work and an open mind, your experiences in this class will be memorable in a positive way. Upon completion, students should understand the basics of art materials used and have a basic overview of the history of art and how art represents its society, especially, Latin American culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2130 – Mural Painting and Public Art

This studio art course introduces theoretical and practical aspects of large-scale painting, murals, and public art. The course includes an actual practicum in large-scale media and experimentation of early and contemporary techniques including drawing, fresco, painting, aerosol and various industrial materials. The objective of this course is for students to develop understanding about some of the social roles of art and the impact of murals in communities, based on its historical and contemporary applications. The course will enable the student to control scale, color, specific techniques and safety measures aimed at public spaces. Students will incorporate a Service Learning component by either conducting a collective workshop with children from a rural location or actually painting a collective mural as a donation to a community. The Students fine arts background will help with the complexity of the final collective project but the course does not require previous painting knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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CTV 3400 – Documentary Appreciation

Documentary Appreciation will focus on the critical analysis of audiovisual documentaries, exploring film and photography mediums in traditional and new media. Class interactions will comprise academic learning, viewing and discussion of material, practical exercises and written assignments.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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DNCE 2500 – Introduction to Latin American Tropical Dance

This course explores the technique, rhythm and movement style of Latin American Tropical dance. History, anthropology, folklore videos and songs are part of this experiential course. This course will provide students with a general overview and a better understanding of the folklore and history of Latin American dance. They should also be acquainted with some of the basic rhythms in various countries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENG 150 – College Writing

This course is for the development of basic invention practices such as brainstorming, free writing, outlining, and journaling. Students will have to develop skills in personal narrative, exposition, as well as analytical, descriptive, argumentative writing. The course works with the process-based writing and also explores creative sources such as reading, thinking, analyzing, and discussion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

ETH 3100 – Selected Topics in Afro-Caribbean Studies

This course examines a particular topic, theme, issue, or problem concerning the Black presence in Costa Rica and Central America. Sample offerings could include Central America and ethnic politics, history, and Culture, Blacks in Central American governments, Contemporary Black literature, History of the Black experience in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PFA 3000 – Performing Arts Production Workshop

This workshop is a studio class in which participants explore – and practice – the distinctive components of the production, mounting, and staging of an acted/choreographed/musicalized production. This course gives participants a rare opportunity to develop their competencies for the performing arts. Our goal is to explore artistic risk-taking in an uplifting environment. The heart of the program is teaching young aspiring performers – and participants in general – how to deliver a performance that connects deeply and authentically with themselves and their audience.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

PHIL-3100 Philosophy and Integrated Thought of the Classical World

This course is an overview of the history and selected concepts in major eastern and western philosophical movements and systems from ancient to the middle age periods. Students will reflect on certain topics such as mind-body, concept of God, knowledge of self and others, predestination and free will, cause and effect and other fundamental ideas in classical knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PHOT 2100 – Ecological Photography

This course offers general and basic knowledge and skills about the possibilities and stages of digital photography applied to ecological exploration. Through practice exercises and field trips students will apply the information provided in lectures. Students will be able to consciously create and manipulate digital photographic images while exploring Costa Rican ecological systems.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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PHOT 2130 – Cultural Photography

The course offers the acquisition of basic photographic skills as a means of cultural exploration. Through practice exercises and field trips aiming to apply the information provided through lectures, students will consciously explore Costa Rican culture through the creation of photographic images and essays. Students will be able to consciously create photographs that document aspects of Costa Rican Culture through Portraiture and Landscapes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SOCY-3050 Diversity and Sexual Identity in Latin America

This course will study the LGBTQ+ community and related social issues in the Latin American Context. Special attention will be given to the Costa Rican case study where sexuality, identity, expression, health, community, family, and other social, political and lifestyle issues will be discussed. This course offers students one of the only opportunities to study LGBTQ+ Latin American dynamics and issues. It is one of the first of its kind in the region and a pioneering offer for study abroad students in the Costa Rican setting. This is a young, but growing field of study in Latin America and defiantly one that deserves much attention, especially as the Latin American region is home to some of the most homophobic countries in the world and at the same time undergoing radical change in terms of its acceptance of the complete spectrum of sexuality and identity expression. This course has three main objectives: 1) students will be invited to explore LGBTQ+ Latin American community issues, 2) to appreciate how particular countries are advancing in relation to equality before the law while studying the social groups pushing for change, and 3) to critically assess present-day contexts that are struggling with recently developed anti-discriminatory frameworks.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3100 – Habitudes: Habits and Attitudes from Emerging Christian Leadership

In this course, the instructor with use the book “habits: shaping the leadership habits and attitude of the image” to guide the team to discuss. In today’s society, students cannot just seek to survive in school. If campus life is to prepare students to meet the unknown future, they must learn to lead. This means that they must first lead themselves, in the field of their interest, such as the leader of the general thinking. Over the past six years, the “Leadership Growth” program of the Higher Education Institute, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation, has conducted a survey of thousands of students from the new millennium. We will also study the development of the student leadership in-depth study.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3120 – Revolution, Spirituality, and Religion in Latin America

This course provides students with a panoramic view of the influence of gods and religions on Latin America. The Latin American region represents some of the richest religions in the world, and religiosity runs through the entire Latin American continent, including Brazilian Budu to teach emerging Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The region also has a significant impact on sustainable development and ecological thinking. The course will review the Latin American region’s successful combination of religion and sustainable development and the most influential thinkers, such as Leonardo Boff. The course also covers historical analysis and the impact of various tendencies on cultural, social and political aspects of Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3150 – Major World Religions

In this course, we will study the world’s major religions: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. We will discuss the following questions: What is the core belief? Is there a future? What is the expectation of religious believers? Each religion represents the people of God, and understanding the different worldviews of religion will help us to better respect and love religion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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COMM 3070 – Creative Conflict Resolution

A multicultural, gender-sensitive course is designed for students who wish to learn strategies and techniques in thought and behavior transformations for conflict resolution. The course focuses on techniques to bring about positive focused changes through continuous experiences in community building and self-improvement. The course is based on the Alternatives to Violence Project; a program started in NY State in the seventies. Fundacion CEPPA, Center for Peace Studies, has implemented this program in Costa Rica, Switzerland, and other Latin American countries since 1990. Using a participatory and interactive methodology, the emphasis is made on the following themes: Self-esteem and self-care, communication skills, cooperation, community building and conflict resolution, including mediation, bias awareness, and cultural diversity. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a school, a communal group or a penal institution.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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COMM 3200 – Intercultural Communication

This course addresses issues of diversity and commonalities amongst human beings, implications and applications according to each situation and professional context. Students will develop skills for intercultural competence.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ECON 3403 – Introduction to International Economics & Latin America

Examines Latin American policies that affect the international economy, with attention to trade barriers, economic nationalism and regionalism, international political economy, exchange market intervention and international transmission of economic perturbations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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GEB 3350 – Introduction to International Business

This course provides an overview the f cultural environment of international business and the institutions which affect business today. The Latin American perspective with regard to the U.S., Asia and Europe is examined: NAFTA, Merco Sur, the EC and other common market areas and agreements.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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MGMT 3030 – Creative Leadership Skills

Provides the opportunity to learn about and practice the skills required for managerial excellence. These skills include leadership, negotiation, conducting performance appraisals, delegation, effective communication, interviewing and making hiring decisions and effective human resource management.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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MKTG 3010 – International Marketing Management

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of international marketing in terms of both the challenges and opportunities. The course assumes that students are familiar with basic marketing terms and have a basic to mid understanding of marketing concepts. The course will examine the concepts related to international marketing, while students analyze case studies and propose ideas through assignments to attain the objectives of the course.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3005 – Environmental Impact And Social Development

This course is an introduction to the study of major environmental problems and issues confronting modern society. Students will examine ecosystems, population patterns, and dynamics; use and misuse of resources; population and environmental quality; environmental citizenship and economic incentives and Costa Rican initiatives in eco-tourism.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3044 – Tropical Ecology

Students will learn about the interactions between earth and land and how these interactions or processes affect our life and the stability of the planet. Emphasis will be given to the study of the most relevant tropical ecosystems such as: tropical rain forest, cloud forests, coral reefs and mangroves. Field trips to selected environments will provide on-site examples of some of the issues learned through class work and readings. All field trips are mandatory.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3020 – Marine Molecular Biology

This course focuses on the use of molecular markers based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA to highlight the importance of conservation genetics and the implications on a global scale to manage marine species in danger of extinction.

Activities and conferences will be carried out at the CPI Biomolecular Laboratory (BIOMOL). In addition, students will experience field activities to understand some controversial conservation issues related to the endangered trapezoidal marine species in Costa Rica, such as sea turtles and sharks, gathering Tissue samples and later performing hands-on activities in the laboratory such as DNA extractions, PCRs, electrophoresis, and introduction to bioinformatics analysis. This is a theoretical-practical course and it seeks to clarify the following question: How to apply molecular biology techniques in addressing problems regarding the conservation biology of endangered marine species in Costa Rica?

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3050 – Biology of Edible Insects: A Sustainable Food Source

This entomology course explores the use of insects as food sources for human and animal feeding. In an era of a food crisis, climate change, habitat loss, air pollution and so many environmental problems, the look for more sustainable solutions is pushing to look back into ancient traditions, technical strategies and the scientific integration of both to supply the nutritional needs for human development. One of these possible solutions is the use of insects as food sources. Entomophagy is the practice of consuming edible insects. Latin America, South Asia, and African countries have engaged on entomophagy since ancient times. However, this is a disappearing practice. This course is theoretical and practical look at the origins of entomophagy, its current state and how to use it for a sustainable future. This course will be based on the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with edible insects whenever possible. Therefore, this course is aimed at any professional with an interesting sustainability, gastronomy, anthropology, and biology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3100 – Tropical Birds (Tropical Ornithology)

This course provides an introduction to the main topics of ornithology, with an emphasis on neotropical avifauna. Major topics include the unique features that make neotropical avifauna a highlight of bird studies, including its evolutionary relationships, the extremely high species diversity of the neotropics, and the natural history of Costa Rican birds. With more than 900 bird species, Costa Rica provides a unique introduction to Neotropical ornithology and birding. Two field trips will introduce the main bird groups present in Costa Rica, their behavior, and the skills needed to identify them.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3120 – Land Vertebrates of Costa Rica

This course is an introduction to the zoology of terrestrial vertebrates in Costa Rica. Students will gain insight into various biological characteristics of the groups of land chordates in the country. Costa Rica has an immensely rich animal biodiversity, with an influence of both North American and South American fauna and is a world-renowned hot spot for animal research and conservation.

Emphasis will be given to the study of Costa Rican species, but others will be discussed as well.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3160 – Conservation Biology and Endangered Marine Species

This course is aimed to highlight the importance of conservation biology in managing endangered marine species by emphasizing recent conservation efforts of umbrella species such as sea turtles and sharks in the Pacific of Costa Rica. Marine ecosystems of the eastern tropical Pacific provide a baseline source for species of high commercial interest in satisfying humans’ demand for food worldwide. However, numerous marine species are threatened by unsustainable human activities, such as overfishing and habitat destruction. This course will help students develop a critical understanding of conservation biology, by emphasizing the general concept of biodiversity and in current case studies that focus on scientific investigations to answer critical life history aspects, recovery programs, species management, community conservation actions and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3170 – Freshwater Ecology (Limnology)

Water is a vital resource and limited resource that is in danger, and demand for this resource is growing. The goal of this course is to help students understand the physical, chemical and biological properties of inland aquatic environments (wetlands, lakes, rivers, mangroves, and reservoirs). It aims to emphasize the problems and conservation efforts for water resources, and to review methods for monitoring aquatic environments through field trips and laboratory work.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3190 – Tropical Marine Biology

The course studies the balance between ecosystems and human stress and demands on the constant changing Marine environment. All field trips are mandatory. Certified Divers may pay a $100 fee in order to complete 2 immersions in each field trip (4 immersions total).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3200 – Marine Mammals of Costa Rica: Biology and Conservation

This course is an introduction to the biology of marine mammals of Costa Rica, including whales, dolphins, manatees fur seals and sea lions. Topics covered include the evolution, physiology, behavior, and ecology of marine mammals. Particular attention is paid to current topics in the management and conservation of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) in Costa Rica within marine protected areas or with local coastal communities. Fieldwork will focus on basic ecological monitoring techniques and primary care on marine mammals strandings.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3740 – Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations

This course is an introduction to renewable energies and their impact on development and future needs of the planet Earth. Mankind is facing serious natural disasters and events caused by global warming and climate change. These phenomena are related to the population growth and the increase in fossil fuels burning, particularly after the industrial revolution. There is a general concern and interest of societies to change gradually toward the implementation of renewable energies to meet human needs in the future. This course will be focused on Costa Rica’s potential for renewable energies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 4030 – Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

This course will examine agricultural and food systems from an ecological systems perspective. After establishing a foundation of basic ecological concepts (relationships and interactions between abiotic/non-living and biotic/living components of an ecosystem), different applications of these concepts to agricultural systems will be investigated. Consumption and production issues related to food system sustainability will be analyzed, and students will explore their own role in the food system. Field trips will provide opportunities for direct observation of (and interaction with)different approaches to food production and distribution in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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NV 4040 – Sustainable Development and Environmental Awareness

This course is an introduction to current world problems related to natural resource management and conservation, and their effects on sustainable development efforts in tropical countries. Current issues that impact the possibility for development, such as poverty, global warming, deforestation and access to potable water will be analyzed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 4100 – Biotechnology and Sustainability

This course emphasizes the vast possibilities offered by biotechnology for sustainable development through the study of specific cases in Costa Rica. Fundamental and applied concepts of biotechnology will be explored and discussed in terms of life, environmental and social sciences. Work will be heavily based on the study of cases in which biotechnology has become into the best solution for social and environmental situations. The course is for students in many areas such as engineering, scientific and social sciences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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GEB 3500 – Ecotourism: The Costa Rica Case

The course will offer the chance to analyze this dynamic process from different socio-economic perspectives. It will discuss the economic importance of ecotourism for the Costa Rican national economy, the stimulation of grassroots, community ecotourism projects, and the role of ecotourism in securing environmental protection. The advances and limitations of ecotourism will be explored.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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MGTG 3150 – Sustainable Consumption and Production

Sustainable consumption (SC) and production is a holistic approach to minimizing the negative environmental impacts from consumption and production systems while promoting quality of life for all. This course will help students acquire the knowledge, capacities, and values to help them contribute to shaping a better tomorrow as more responsible consumers. It will trace the history and the justification for the focus on sustainable consumption. This course will provide students with a) an understanding of our responsibilities as consumers to critically analyze the life-cycles of any consumer products in the face of marketing techniques that induce unsustainable consumption; b) an understanding of the need for innovative solutions to many of our unsustainable consumer habits; and c) hopefully, the desire to become proactive citizens in assuming more sustainable lifestyles.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SUSD 3000 – Sustainable Lifestyles

This course builds upon the results of the Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles (GSSL), established in the 2011 document Visions for Change: Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles, which incorporates the voices of 8,000 young adults from 20 different countries.With half the world’s population under 30 years of age, Visions for Change stresses the importance of listening to youth and provides valuable insight into how to build sustainable lifestyles (SLs) with a youth-centered focus. Sustainable lifestyles, which promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, represent an essential component of sustainable development.

In September of 2015, the United Nations General Assembly approved the post-2015 development agenda Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity over the next 15 years, and includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide a holistic framework and the basis for the development of SLs.

The main objective of the course is designed to give youth a voice and work together to better understand and educate young adults, therefore empowering them to create their own positive versions of SLs and become agents of change.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SUSD 3100 – Gender and Sustainable Development

This course will study the intersection between gender, socio-economic discrimination and the shift toward sustainable development. The following themes are among many that will be addressed throughout the course: Women and natural resources use, women and the forests, women’s role in conservation, women and land use and agriculture, rural women, women and the built environment, women and environmental policy, women in relation to poverty, risk, mitigation, adaption for climate change, female civil society and political actors pushing for change, women the environment and sustainable innovations. The aforementioned issues will be explored in the context of the Latin America and Caribbean case study with special emphasis on the Costa Rican context where possible. Students will be encouraged to compare the region with their homeland experiences and situation and be strongly encouraged to critically assess the advances, challenges, and propose solutions. The issue of gender will be thoroughly introduced, gender dynamics profiled, and gender policy contemplated. There will be a special emphasis on the situation of Latin American and Caribbean women, the environment and sustainable development, however, this course aims to be inclusive, and recognizes that there are many gender identities and that gender issues touch everybody’s lives. Students are welcome to participate and study the environment and sustainable development throughout the course according to any or all gender identities and therefore be active participants in the unraveling and improvement of sustainable development itself. We will work with local women in the community and gain hands-on practical experience during farm and forest project work.

Students will carry out surveys, develop in research projects and participate in two field trips to help them to understand the dynamics and complexities of gender and sustainable development.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1020 – Physical Therapy and Rehab Exercises for Common Sport Injuries

This course will introduce basic concepts of human anatomy, an overview of the most common injuries and illnesses that require physical therapy, and an introduction to the different tools and methods used to treat them. The course will consist of lectures about the theoretical concepts, and also laboratory practice, which will allow the student a hands-on experience of the different techniques given during the lectures. At the end of the course, the student will have general knowledge on various areas of expertise, and on techniques such as massage therapy, electrotherapy, and therapeutic exercises, among others.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1050 – Holistic Health Approaches

This course will introduce basic concepts of alternative medicine. Also this course will explore, and evaluate alternatives approaches and philosophies to personal health and wellness. Some of the topics included are: Homeopathy, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Acupuncture, Herbal and Nutritional Therapies, Massage, Chiropractic, Electromagnetic Therapy, Breathing Exercise and others.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 3070 – Conflict Resolution and Health Care

This course will introduce basic concepts of alternative medicine. Health service delivery today encounters frequent conflicts, disputes, and other difficult situations, many of them derived from larger changes occurring in the health systems of the world. These conflicts include differences due to multiculturalism; the appropriateness and quality of care; gender issues; power disputes and providers and recipients over institutional and funding policies. Violence, its effects and costs will be part of this course, particularly under the WHO definition and perspectives. Costa Rican health care systems will be part of the course. This interactive, hands-on course offers a framework to integrate professional experience with functional communication and mediation skills. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their leadership into progress on matters of public health importance. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a medical facility, community or school.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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HIS 3293 – Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine

Costa Rica’s health care system is unique due to the fact that it’s socialized and has achieved excellent health indicators. The course focuses on the history and development of the public health care system within the context of the Costa Rican sociopolitical and economic situation. It also gives a strong emphasis on how the system actually works and points out not only the strongholds of the systems but also its weak points. A third objective, of fundamental importance in order to understand this system, is the study of Costa Rica as a tropical country. Students will learn about the prevention and transmission of relevant tropical diseases.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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PSY 2200 – Health Psychology

The World Health Organization defines health as being “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well- being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Based on this definition, the concepts of health and illness have changed. Nowadays, healthcare professionals have to tackle the health from a bio-psycho-social concept. For this reason, it is extremely important for healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, just to mention some) to have general information about Health Psychology, which studies how biology, behavior, and social context influence health and illness. In this way, healthcare professionals can have an integrated approach to the patients under their treatment. This will discuss some of the most common topics related to Health Psychology and pertinent to practice in the healthcare professions.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PSY 3050 – Cultural Psychology

This course introduces students to the field of psychology that examines the influence of culture upon human behavior and cognitive processes. “Culture” is defined as the shared norms, values, and behaviors of groups and of the individuals in those groups. We will focus on such topics as cultural factors in self-concept, gender roles, motivation, cognition, emotions, relationships, and social values. Our exploration will be based on psychological theories, research, guest lecturers, and field experiences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS 2302 – Contemporary Latin American History

This course is a survey of the main events in Latin American History after its independence. Topics include the historical causes and effects of the independence, some of the main issues on social, economic and political problems and the main historical leaders in modern Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS-3130 Sustainability and Resources Management in the Ancient World

Students will learn about the relationship ancient civilizations like Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, India, Greece, Rome, the Celts, and the Pre-Colombian Americans had with their environment. Students will explore how these cultures interacted with nature and its resources, as land, forests, water and minerals. In addition, they will be able to identify the main characteristics that allow civilizations to create a sustainable relationship with their surroundings and habitat, if this is the case. This historic overview will allow students to liken and contrast our present day societies with the Ancient World.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS 3290 – Costa Rican Economic and Human Development

This course introduces the principal socio-economic and political features that have shaped and defined the history and development of Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HUM 3513 – Costa Rica Colloquium: History and Culture

This course provides general survey of the complex heritage and social evolution of Costa Rica, using a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach and focusing on the historical development and present day dynamics of economy, society, politics, natural resources and culture. Emphasis will be placed upon different topics throughout the course, based on participating students’ diverse backgrounds and expectations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 2500 – Human Rights in Latin America

A particular emphasis will be given to the case of Costa Rica, giving the students an opportunity to explore the development of human rights in the following areas: women’s rights, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, the CAFTA agreement and labor rights, indigenous groups and human rights, disability and age issues, and the prison environment.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3100 – Costa Rican Tradition: Peace and Democracy

The general objective of this course is to discuss, with students, the social, economic and political issues of the process of construction of peace and democracy in Costa Rica and Central America (1948-2005).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3220 – Migration, Globalization, and Social Change

The course introduces students to the theories and practices of international human migration as a phenomenon that, while present throughout history, has a particular emphasis in today’s world. With human ramifications, its strong societal effects are evident on both ends of the issue—the nations from which people leave, and the targeted destinations. We will review the phenomenon based on its most prominent manifestations: forced migrations, voluntary migrations and internal displacements of groupings of people, and the motivational underpinnings that provoke such drastic actions as the uprooting of home and family in pursuit of presumably better opportunities. Migration is perceived by peoples in despair as an alternative to heavily weighing social, political and/or economic conditions, even when factoring in risks such as personal safety and adaptation to an unknown culture. Within this framework, we will analyze issues such as return migrations, the effects of remittances, the formation of diaspora communities, and the myriad of problems brought about by cultural adaptation and assimilation.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3420 – Costa Rican Environmental Policy

This course will explore the dynamics of environmental management, environmental histories, policy, politics and action in the case study of Costa Rica and beyond. It will study environmental history and policy at a regional and national level; it will explore the emergence of Costa Rica’s cutting edge environmental politics and governmental commitments (the greening of the public sector and carbon neutrality and others); it will look back at Costa Rica’s conservation history and critically review its conservation and sustainable development model; it will present an understanding of the ‘state of the nation and region’ in regard to environmental indicators (land use methods and statistics, deforestation and reforestation data, contamination and waste indicators); it will identify the individuals and organizations working on taking authentic action in environmental protection; it will take a close look at how government policy translates into practice by reviewing cases studies of community and grassroots action in forestry, organic farming, recycling, cooperatives, and women’s environmental groups; and lastly, it will address some of central issues and challenges facing these activities and the resultant environmental conflicts.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3450 -International Relations in Latin America

The course will analyze the aspects of the Economic Integration, globalization and conditions for a successful integration between economies and the effects of free trade in the region as well as the effects of protectionism. There will be a special treatment on foreign investments and joint ventures in the Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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TECH 2100 – Introduction to Programming and Coding

This course is an Introduction to programming and coding, focused on teaching the basics in programming to develop projects. The programming language that will be used is Java because of its ease to use and powerful applications in online applets. Students will develop at least one full project assisted by the professor and fellow students to demonstrate the knowledge gained.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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TECH 3100 – Digital Media Installations

This course will focus on the conceptual role that an artist or a multidisciplinary creative director has in the Digital Media field. Students will work on three creative projects. A film-animation, a website-portfolio, and a digital painting project. Throughout the course many team management skills will also be practiced including daily icebreakers, ideation-brainstorming, team leading and following, selling pitch presentations, sketching and fast Prototyping.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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SPN 1002 – Comunicación Oral Básica (Basic Oral Communication)

Este curso está diseñado para estudiantes de español como segunda lengua que cuentan con un dominio elemental del idioma en los aspectos morfosintácticos, léxico-semántico y fonético-fonológicos, por lo que deben haber aprobado el nivel básico 1. A lo largo del curso, desarrollará su competencia comunicativa oral, que le permitirá desenvolverse de manera efectiva y eficaz en situaciones cotidianas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3520 – Dialectología Latinoamericana (Latin American Dialectology)

Este curso explora una perspectiva socio-histórica de la lengua como un aspecto de estudio importante, para comprender el mecanismo lingüístico actual dentro de diferentes contextos sociales de habla. El enfoque de este curso es analizar la variedad dialectal que se refleja en los diferentes países latinoamericanos mediante rasgos: fonológicos, morfológicos y léxicos que toman en cuenta elementos culturales.

Además, el curso pretende como objetivo primordial conocer y poner en práctica estrategias dialectales para fomentar elementos comunicativos auténticos que enriquezcan el uso del idioma español.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4390 – El Cine y Literatura Latinoamericana (Latin American Literature in Film) (3) [Syllabus]

Este curso es un estudio de algunas producciones cinematográficas basadas en textos literarios de reconocidos escritores latinoamericanos. El curso se basa en el análisis y discusión de las principales características de la cultura, valores y temáticas de la realidad Latinoamericana presentes en dichasmuestras literarias y cinematográficas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4110 – Escritoras Contemporaneas Costarricenses (Contemporary Costa Rican Writers)

El curso aborda la principal producción literaria femenina en Costa Rica. Se enfoca en el análisis de temáticas presentes en los diferentes textos y su relación con la realidad nacional.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3000 – Introducción al Análisis Literario (Introduction to Literary Analysis)

El curso ofrece una introducción por parte de los estudiantes al estudio de la literatura en español y presenta los recursos básicos para la elaboración de un comentario o análisis literario. El estudiante adquirirá la terminología necesaria así como métodos críticos que le permitan generar comentarios y explicación de textos informados.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3050 – Fonética y Fonología (Phonetics and Phonology)

En este curso se aprenden métodos y herramientas de la lingüística descriptiva aplicada a la fonética y articulación.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3070 – Introducción a la Traducción (Introduction to Translation)

Una introducción a las herramientas teóricas y prácticas para el proceso de traducción del inglés al español. Los estudiantes aprenderán a hacer traducciones de textos sencillos de complejidad intermedia y avanzada tratando de mantener la mayor fidelidad posible con la intención y estilo del autor.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3020 – Lecturas Selectas de la Literatura Latinoamericana (Select Readings from Latin American Literature)

Estudio panorámico de autores, corrientes literarias o particularidades de género en la literatura Latinoamericana.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4330 – Tópicos Selectos en la Literatura Española (Select Topics in Spanish Literature)

Este curso es una panorámica de la literatura española, desde sus inicios hasta la primera mitad de la literatura contemporánea. Presenta una visión general de cada período en los que se ha dividido la literatura española, así como sus principales características. También se estudian los textos más representativos de los exponentes de cada período.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1100 Principles of Medical Entomology in the Tropics

This course focuses on knowing and recognizing the basic biology, identification, classification, impact, and management, of insects that represent hazards to human health. To date, mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals around the world, with more deaths caused by mosquito-vectored diseases than from the attack of any wild animal. In the past several methods have been used to control the outbreaks of these insects, specially pesticide-based which in turn just aggravated the problem because of insecticide resistance. The tropics have been particularly affected by insects with human health impacts. For this reason, several private and public initiatives focus on developing ways to palliate these insects. This course will cover basic and applied aspects of Medical Entomology, with an especial focus on the ecological and socio-economic conditions of the tropics. This course will be based on field trips, talks, the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with people working on these subjects. Therefore, this course is aimed at any student with an interest in human health, biology, economics, sustainability, and anthropology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

CHEM 1050 Introduction to the Physical and Chemical Basis of Everyday Life

This course is designed for students of non-scientific fields that strive to understand the chemical and physical (PChem) basis of everyday life. The goal is to deliver information and promote their own interest in scientific and technical issues through a question/answer approach.

Class demonstrations and fields trips are included to illustrate specific subjects. The course concentrates on simple but important aspects of modern day societies, such as X rays and CAT scans, the production and utilization of gasoline and polymers, the chemical fate and impact of chemicals on the environment and a variety of technical and scientific aspects related to human life concerns.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

TECH 2100 Introduction to Programming and Coding: Java

This course is an Introduction to programming and coding, focused on teaching the basics of programming to develop projects. The programming language that will be used is Java because of its ease to use and powerful applications in online applets. After understanding the general concepts of programming, at least one project will be developed by the students in order to demonstrate the knowledge gained in an assisted manner with the professor and fellow students.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

SUSD 2500 Biomimicry: Learning from Nature's Strategies

This course is designed to introduce students from different backgrounds, interests, and careers the basic fundamentals of Biomimicry, its methodology and its application as a design tool in creative processes. Participants have the opportunity, through dedicated time and access to sources of interest, to explore the application of these basic foundations in their own field or area of interest. The course offers the opportunity to connect, see, feel and touch local biodiversity, and to experience the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature of biomimicry, learning how to access and communicate with people from diverse perspectives and experiences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

HHD 1100 Principles of Medical Entomology in the Tropics

This course focuses on knowing and recognizing the basic biology, identification, classification, impact, and management of insects that represent hazards to human health. To date, mosquitos are the most dangerous animals in the world, with more deaths caused by mosquito-vectored diseases than from the attack of any wild animal. In the past several methods have been used to control the outbreaks of these insects, specifically pesticide-based, which in turn just aggravated the problem because of insecticide resistance.

This course will cover basic and applied aspects of medical entomology, with a special focus on the ecological and socio-economic conditions of the tropics. This course will be based on field trips, talks, the study of multimedia, literature, visits, and practical contact with people working on these subjects. Therefore, this course is geared towards students with an interest in human health, biology, economics, sustainability, and anthropology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

Basic Spanish I

This course is an introduction to Spanish for beginners with no previous knowledge of the language. Students develop basic linguistic skills necessary in order to communicate in common situations. The course covers basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, communicative expressions and frequent situations in settings such as restaurants, stores, buses and others. Emphasis is given to understanding, speaking, reading and cross-cultural perspectives.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Basic Spanish II

This course is for students who have completed a minimum of 60 contact hours in Spanish studies and already have a command of elementary grammatical tenses. Students advance their previous experiential knowledge and further develop their oral, reading, written and listening skills. Students expand their vocabulary and language usage in order to facilitate interaction with the Costa Rican environment and be able to express themselves in the past.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish I

Students in this course should have a good command of communicative skills for everyday situations and a structural command of the present tense. The objective of this course is to develop the student’s oral and written skills and emphasizes more complex grammatical structures. Students should develop a good command of all past indicative tenses.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish II

This course emphasizes discourse enrichment, specifically related to description and simple narrations. The content of the course includes vocabulary building and detailed wok with the subjunctive mode and other complex grammatical structures. Students also learn idiomatic expressions used in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Conversational Spanish

This course is for students who already have a high intermediate level of Spanish and wish to better their communication skills and pronunciation. The course emphasizes situational, everyday conversations and certain cultural issues. The methodology enhances structured speech to provide a firm foundation in patterns of spoken Spanish with progression toward unstructured conversation.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish I

This course is based on grammatical analysis, expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions through readings, and student compositions at a complex level. The objective is for students to acquire a high level of communicative Spanish that will permit them to express their opinions and thoughts on complex and controversial subjects.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish II

This course is designed for students who wish to perfect their oral and written skills. Students should have a high linguistic level and full knowledge of grammatical structures in order to work on polishing stylistics. Students practice narrative constructions, reactions within non-expected contexts, and how to report compiled information. The course also covers important aspects of myths, as well as cultural issues in Latin America.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced 2  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Oral Expression Techniques

This course focuses on advanced communication and presentation skills. Students work on communication techniques and efficient oral expression in formal contexts.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Writing

This course is for high advanced-level students who want to further develop their written skills through different composition practices and techniques. The course covers complex and difficult questions of syntax. Special attention is given to stylistics and composition structure.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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SPN 141 Basic Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for the purpose of giving health personnel, who do not have any previous Spanish experience, the tools necessary for interacting with and interviewing simulated Spanish speaking patients.

During the four weeks of the course, the students will acquire the linguistic knowledge and skills that will permit them to communicate at a basic level with simulated Spanish speaking patients.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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SPN 241 Intermediate Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for health personnel that has taken a minimum of 100 elective hours of Spanish as a second language. The goal of this course is to deepen the knowledge of medical related Spanish and increase the competency of communications in specifically simulated situations with Spanish speaking patients.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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SPN 341 Advanced Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for health personnel that have an advanced background in Spanish and who need to improve their linguistic competency in order to interact with their Spanish-speaking patients and their families. Pre-requisite four semesters minimum of college Spanish.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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ARCH 3112 – History of Latin American Architecture and Art

A chronological overview of the main inventions and influences that contributed to the making of past and present architecture in Latin America, analyzing the artistic manifestations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ARCH 3200 – Tropical Architecture and Design

This course teaches students to develop the skill to analyze a particular architectural situation and be able to offer adequate design solutions that will guarantee a good quality environment. It is offered to all students with no previous knowledge of design projection and means of graphic expression, who want to learn about tropical design.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ART 1301 – Basic Principles of Drawing

This studio art course introduces basic principles of drawing. The course includes model drawings, landscape drawings, and experimental (abstract) drawings. The focus of this course is on the development of expression and observational drawing from still life, a model, and landscapes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2100 – Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice

This course is designed for the beginner student to help find personal meaning in works of art and develop a better understanding of the nature and validity of art as visual and space language (line, shape, volume, light, space, time, motion, color, and texture). This means that you will learn about the essentials of art through experience and experimentation. Through determination and an open mind, you will increase your creativity and discover more interesting ways to understand and judge the visual arts. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in the artwork. With a willingness to work and an open mind, your experiences in this class will be memorable in a positive way. Upon completion, students should understand the basics of art materials used and have a basic overview of the history of art and how art represents its society, especially, Latin American culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2130 – Mural Painting and Public Art

This studio art course introduces theoretical and practical aspects of large-scale painting, murals, and public art. The course includes an actual practicum in large-scale media and experimentation of early and contemporary techniques including drawing, fresco, painting, aerosol and various industrial materials. The objective of this course is for students to develop understanding about some of the social roles of art and the impact of murals in communities, based on its historical and contemporary applications. The course will enable the student to control scale, color, specific techniques and safety measures aimed at public spaces. Students will incorporate a Service Learning component by either conducting a collective workshop with children from a rural location or actually painting a collective mural as a donation to a community. The Students fine arts background will help with the complexity of the final collective project but the course does not require previous painting knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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CTV 3400 – Documentary Appreciation

Documentary Appreciation will focus on the critical analysis of audiovisual documentaries, exploring film and photography mediums in traditional and new media. Class interactions will comprise academic learning, viewing and discussion of material, practical exercises and written assignments.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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DNCE 2500 – Introduction to Latin American Tropical Dance

This course explores the technique, rhythm and movement style of Latin American Tropical dance. History, anthropology, folklore videos and songs are part of this experiential course. This course will provide students with a general overview and a better understanding of the folklore and history of Latin American dance. They should also be acquainted with some of the basic rhythms in various countries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENG 150 – College Writing

This course is for the development of basic invention practices such as brainstorming, free writing, outlining, and journaling. Students will have to develop skills in personal narrative, exposition, as well as analytical, descriptive, argumentative writing. The course works with the process-based writing and also explores creative sources such as reading, thinking, analyzing, and discussion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

ETH 3100 – Selected Topics in Afro-Caribbean Studies

This course examines a particular topic, theme, issue, or problem concerning the Black presence in Costa Rica and Central America. Sample offerings could include Central America and ethnic politics, history, and Culture, Blacks in Central American governments, Contemporary Black literature, History of the Black experience in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PFA 3000 – Performing Arts Production Workshop

This workshop is a studio class in which participants explore – and practice – the distinctive components of the production, mounting, and staging of an acted/choreographed/musicalized production. This course gives participants a rare opportunity to develop their competencies for the performing arts. Our goal is to explore artistic risk-taking in an uplifting environment. The heart of the program is teaching young aspiring performers – and participants in general – how to deliver a performance that connects deeply and authentically with themselves and their audience.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 6  

PHIL-3100 Philosophy and Integrated Thought of the Classical World

This course is an overview of the history and selected concepts in major eastern and western philosophical movements and systems from ancient to the middle age periods. Students will reflect on certain topics such as mind-body, concept of God, knowledge of self and others, predestination and free will, cause and effect and other fundamental ideas in classical knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PHOT 2100 – Ecological Photography

This course offers general and basic knowledge and skills about the possibilities and stages of digital photography applied to ecological exploration. Through practice exercises and field trips students will apply the information provided in lectures. Students will be able to consciously create and manipulate digital photographic images while exploring Costa Rican ecological systems.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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PHOT 2130 – Cultural Photography

The course offers the acquisition of basic photographic skills as a means of cultural exploration. Through practice exercises and field trips aiming to apply the information provided through lectures, students will consciously explore Costa Rican culture through the creation of photographic images and essays. Students will be able to consciously create photographs that document aspects of Costa Rican Culture through Portraiture and Landscapes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SOCY-3050 Diversity and Sexual Identity in Latin America

This course will study the LGBTQ+ community and related social issues in the Latin American Context. Special attention will be given to the Costa Rican case study where sexuality, identity, expression, health, community, family, and other social, political and lifestyle issues will be discussed. This course offers students one of the only opportunities to study LGBTQ+ Latin American dynamics and issues. It is one of the first of its kind in the region and a pioneering offer for study abroad students in the Costa Rican setting. This is a young, but growing field of study in Latin America and defiantly one that deserves much attention, especially as the Latin American region is home to some of the most homophobic countries in the world and at the same time undergoing radical change in terms of its acceptance of the complete spectrum of sexuality and identity expression. This course has three main objectives: 1) students will be invited to explore LGBTQ+ Latin American community issues, 2) to appreciate how particular countries are advancing in relation to equality before the law while studying the social groups pushing for change, and 3) to critically assess present-day contexts that are struggling with recently developed anti-discriminatory frameworks.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3100 – Habitudes: Habits and Attitudes from Emerging Christian Leadership

In this course, the instructor with use the book “habits: shaping the leadership habits and attitude of the image” to guide the team to discuss. In today’s society, students cannot just seek to survive in school. If campus life is to prepare students to meet the unknown future, they must learn to lead. This means that they must first lead themselves, in the field of their interest, such as the leader of the general thinking. Over the past six years, the “Leadership Growth” program of the Higher Education Institute, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation, has conducted a survey of thousands of students from the new millennium. We will also study the development of the student leadership in-depth study.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3120 – Revolution, Spirituality, and Religion in Latin America

This course provides students with a panoramic view of the influence of gods and religions on Latin America. The Latin American region represents some of the richest religions in the world, and religiosity runs through the entire Latin American continent, including Brazilian Budu to teach emerging Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The region also has a significant impact on sustainable development and ecological thinking. The course will review the Latin American region’s successful combination of religion and sustainable development and the most influential thinkers, such as Leonardo Boff. The course also covers historical analysis and the impact of various tendencies on cultural, social and political aspects of Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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THEO 3150 – Major World Religions

In this course, we will study the world’s major religions: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. We will discuss the following questions: What is the core belief? Is there a future? What is the expectation of religious believers? Each religion represents the people of God, and understanding the different worldviews of religion will help us to better respect and love religion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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COMM 3070 – Creative Conflict Resolution

A multicultural, gender-sensitive course is designed for students who wish to learn strategies and techniques in thought and behavior transformations for conflict resolution. The course focuses on techniques to bring about positive focused changes through continuous experiences in community building and self-improvement. The course is based on the Alternatives to Violence Project; a program started in NY State in the seventies. Fundacion CEPPA, Center for Peace Studies, has implemented this program in Costa Rica, Switzerland, and other Latin American countries since 1990. Using a participatory and interactive methodology, the emphasis is made on the following themes: Self-esteem and self-care, communication skills, cooperation, community building and conflict resolution, including mediation, bias awareness, and cultural diversity. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a school, a communal group or a penal institution.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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COMM 3200 – Intercultural Communication

This course addresses issues of diversity and commonalities amongst human beings, implications and applications according to each situation and professional context. Students will develop skills for intercultural competence.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ECON 3403 – Introduction to International Economics & Latin America

Examines Latin American policies that affect the international economy, with attention to trade barriers, economic nationalism and regionalism, international political economy, exchange market intervention and international transmission of economic perturbations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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GEB 3350 – Introduction to International Business

This course provides an overview the f cultural environment of international business and the institutions which affect business today. The Latin American perspective with regard to the U.S., Asia and Europe is examined: NAFTA, Merco Sur, the EC and other common market areas and agreements.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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MGMT 3030 – Creative Leadership Skills

Provides the opportunity to learn about and practice the skills required for managerial excellence. These skills include leadership, negotiation, conducting performance appraisals, delegation, effective communication, interviewing and making hiring decisions and effective human resource management.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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MKTG 3010 – International Marketing Management

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of international marketing in terms of both the challenges and opportunities. The course assumes that students are familiar with basic marketing terms and have a basic to mid understanding of marketing concepts. The course will examine the concepts related to international marketing, while students analyze case studies and propose ideas through assignments to attain the objectives of the course.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3005 – Environmental Impact And Social Development

This course is an introduction to the study of major environmental problems and issues confronting modern society. Students will examine ecosystems, population patterns, and dynamics; use and misuse of resources; population and environmental quality; environmental citizenship and economic incentives and Costa Rican initiatives in eco-tourism.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3044 – Tropical Ecology

Students will learn about the interactions between earth and land and how these interactions or processes affect our life and the stability of the planet. Emphasis will be given to the study of the most relevant tropical ecosystems such as: tropical rain forest, cloud forests, coral reefs and mangroves. Field trips to selected environments will provide on-site examples of some of the issues learned through class work and readings. All field trips are mandatory.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3020 – Marine Molecular Biology

This course focuses on the use of molecular markers based on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA to highlight the importance of conservation genetics and the implications on a global scale to manage marine species in danger of extinction.

Activities and conferences will be carried out at the CPI Biomolecular Laboratory (BIOMOL). In addition, students will experience field activities to understand some controversial conservation issues related to the endangered trapezoidal marine species in Costa Rica, such as sea turtles and sharks, gathering Tissue samples and later performing hands-on activities in the laboratory such as DNA extractions, PCRs, electrophoresis, and introduction to bioinformatics analysis. This is a theoretical-practical course and it seeks to clarify the following question: How to apply molecular biology techniques in addressing problems regarding the conservation biology of endangered marine species in Costa Rica?

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3050 – Biology of Edible Insects: A Sustainable Food Source

This entomology course explores the use of insects as food sources for human and animal feeding. In an era of a food crisis, climate change, habitat loss, air pollution and so many environmental problems, the look for more sustainable solutions is pushing to look back into ancient traditions, technical strategies and the scientific integration of both to supply the nutritional needs for human development. One of these possible solutions is the use of insects as food sources. Entomophagy is the practice of consuming edible insects. Latin America, South Asia, and African countries have engaged on entomophagy since ancient times. However, this is a disappearing practice. This course is theoretical and practical look at the origins of entomophagy, its current state and how to use it for a sustainable future. This course will be based on the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with edible insects whenever possible. Therefore, this course is aimed at any professional with an interesting sustainability, gastronomy, anthropology, and biology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3100 – Tropical Birds (Tropical Ornithology)

This course provides an introduction to the main topics of ornithology, with an emphasis on neotropical avifauna. Major topics include the unique features that make neotropical avifauna a highlight of bird studies, including its evolutionary relationships, the extremely high species diversity of the neotropics, and the natural history of Costa Rican birds. With more than 900 bird species, Costa Rica provides a unique introduction to Neotropical ornithology and birding. Two field trips will introduce the main bird groups present in Costa Rica, their behavior, and the skills needed to identify them.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3120 – Land Vertebrates of Costa Rica

This course is an introduction to the zoology of terrestrial vertebrates in Costa Rica. Students will gain insight into various biological characteristics of the groups of land chordates in the country. Costa Rica has an immensely rich animal biodiversity, with an influence of both North American and South American fauna and is a world-renowned hot spot for animal research and conservation.

Emphasis will be given to the study of Costa Rican species, but others will be discussed as well.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3160 – Conservation Biology and Endangered Marine Species

This course is aimed to highlight the importance of conservation biology in managing endangered marine species by emphasizing recent conservation efforts of umbrella species such as sea turtles and sharks in the Pacific of Costa Rica. Marine ecosystems of the eastern tropical Pacific provide a baseline source for species of high commercial interest in satisfying humans’ demand for food worldwide. However, numerous marine species are threatened by unsustainable human activities, such as overfishing and habitat destruction. This course will help students develop a critical understanding of conservation biology, by emphasizing the general concept of biodiversity and in current case studies that focus on scientific investigations to answer critical life history aspects, recovery programs, species management, community conservation actions and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3170 – Freshwater Ecology (Limnology)

Water is a vital resource and limited resource that is in danger, and demand for this resource is growing. The goal of this course is to help students understand the physical, chemical and biological properties of inland aquatic environments (wetlands, lakes, rivers, mangroves, and reservoirs). It aims to emphasize the problems and conservation efforts for water resources, and to review methods for monitoring aquatic environments through field trips and laboratory work.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3190 – Tropical Marine Biology

The course studies the balance between ecosystems and human stress and demands on the constant changing Marine environment. All field trips are mandatory. Certified Divers may pay a $100 fee in order to complete 2 immersions in each field trip (4 immersions total).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 3200 – Marine Mammals of Costa Rica: Biology and Conservation

This course is an introduction to the biology of marine mammals of Costa Rica, including whales, dolphins, manatees fur seals and sea lions. Topics covered include the evolution, physiology, behavior, and ecology of marine mammals. Particular attention is paid to current topics in the management and conservation of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) in Costa Rica within marine protected areas or with local coastal communities. Fieldwork will focus on basic ecological monitoring techniques and primary care on marine mammals strandings.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENV 3740 – Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations

This course is an introduction to renewable energies and their impact on development and future needs of the planet Earth. Mankind is facing serious natural disasters and events caused by global warming and climate change. These phenomena are related to the population growth and the increase in fossil fuels burning, particularly after the industrial revolution. There is a general concern and interest of societies to change gradually toward the implementation of renewable energies to meet human needs in the future. This course will be focused on Costa Rica’s potential for renewable energies.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 4030 – Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

This course will examine agricultural and food systems from an ecological systems perspective. After establishing a foundation of basic ecological concepts (relationships and interactions between abiotic/non-living and biotic/living components of an ecosystem), different applications of these concepts to agricultural systems will be investigated. Consumption and production issues related to food system sustainability will be analyzed, and students will explore their own role in the food system. Field trips will provide opportunities for direct observation of (and interaction with)different approaches to food production and distribution in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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NV 4040 – Sustainable Development and Environmental Awareness

This course is an introduction to current world problems related to natural resource management and conservation, and their effects on sustainable development efforts in tropical countries. Current issues that impact the possibility for development, such as poverty, global warming, deforestation and access to potable water will be analyzed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ENV 4100 – Biotechnology and Sustainability

This course emphasizes the vast possibilities offered by biotechnology for sustainable development through the study of specific cases in Costa Rica. Fundamental and applied concepts of biotechnology will be explored and discussed in terms of life, environmental and social sciences. Work will be heavily based on the study of cases in which biotechnology has become into the best solution for social and environmental situations. The course is for students in many areas such as engineering, scientific and social sciences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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GEB 3500 – Ecotourism: The Costa Rica Case

The course will offer the chance to analyze this dynamic process from different socio-economic perspectives. It will discuss the economic importance of ecotourism for the Costa Rican national economy, the stimulation of grassroots, community ecotourism projects, and the role of ecotourism in securing environmental protection. The advances and limitations of ecotourism will be explored.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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MGTG 3150 – Sustainable Consumption and Production

Sustainable consumption (SC) and production is a holistic approach to minimizing the negative environmental impacts from consumption and production systems while promoting quality of life for all. This course will help students acquire the knowledge, capacities, and values to help them contribute to shaping a better tomorrow as more responsible consumers. It will trace the history and the justification for the focus on sustainable consumption. This course will provide students with a) an understanding of our responsibilities as consumers to critically analyze the life-cycles of any consumer products in the face of marketing techniques that induce unsustainable consumption; b) an understanding of the need for innovative solutions to many of our unsustainable consumer habits; and c) hopefully, the desire to become proactive citizens in assuming more sustainable lifestyles.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SUSD 3000 – Sustainable Lifestyles

This course builds upon the results of the Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles (GSSL), established in the 2011 document Visions for Change: Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles, which incorporates the voices of 8,000 young adults from 20 different countries.With half the world’s population under 30 years of age, Visions for Change stresses the importance of listening to youth and provides valuable insight into how to build sustainable lifestyles (SLs) with a youth-centered focus. Sustainable lifestyles, which promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production, represent an essential component of sustainable development.

In September of 2015, the United Nations General Assembly approved the post-2015 development agenda Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity over the next 15 years, and includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that provide a holistic framework and the basis for the development of SLs.

The main objective of the course is designed to give youth a voice and work together to better understand and educate young adults, therefore empowering them to create their own positive versions of SLs and become agents of change.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SUSD 3100 – Gender and Sustainable Development

This course will study the intersection between gender, socio-economic discrimination and the shift toward sustainable development. The following themes are among many that will be addressed throughout the course: Women and natural resources use, women and the forests, women’s role in conservation, women and land use and agriculture, rural women, women and the built environment, women and environmental policy, women in relation to poverty, risk, mitigation, adaption for climate change, female civil society and political actors pushing for change, women the environment and sustainable innovations. The aforementioned issues will be explored in the context of the Latin America and Caribbean case study with special emphasis on the Costa Rican context where possible. Students will be encouraged to compare the region with their homeland experiences and situation and be strongly encouraged to critically assess the advances, challenges, and propose solutions. The issue of gender will be thoroughly introduced, gender dynamics profiled, and gender policy contemplated. There will be a special emphasis on the situation of Latin American and Caribbean women, the environment and sustainable development, however, this course aims to be inclusive, and recognizes that there are many gender identities and that gender issues touch everybody’s lives. Students are welcome to participate and study the environment and sustainable development throughout the course according to any or all gender identities and therefore be active participants in the unraveling and improvement of sustainable development itself. We will work with local women in the community and gain hands-on practical experience during farm and forest project work.

Students will carry out surveys, develop in research projects and participate in two field trips to help them to understand the dynamics and complexities of gender and sustainable development.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1020 – Physical Therapy and Rehab Exercises for Common Sport Injuries

This course will introduce basic concepts of human anatomy, an overview of the most common injuries and illnesses that require physical therapy, and an introduction to the different tools and methods used to treat them. The course will consist of lectures about the theoretical concepts, and also laboratory practice, which will allow the student a hands-on experience of the different techniques given during the lectures. At the end of the course, the student will have general knowledge on various areas of expertise, and on techniques such as massage therapy, electrotherapy, and therapeutic exercises, among others.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1050 – Holistic Health Approaches

This course will introduce basic concepts of alternative medicine. Also this course will explore, and evaluate alternatives approaches and philosophies to personal health and wellness. Some of the topics included are: Homeopathy, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Acupuncture, Herbal and Nutritional Therapies, Massage, Chiropractic, Electromagnetic Therapy, Breathing Exercise and others.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 3070 – Conflict Resolution and Health Care

This course will introduce basic concepts of alternative medicine. Health service delivery today encounters frequent conflicts, disputes, and other difficult situations, many of them derived from larger changes occurring in the health systems of the world. These conflicts include differences due to multiculturalism; the appropriateness and quality of care; gender issues; power disputes and providers and recipients over institutional and funding policies. Violence, its effects and costs will be part of this course, particularly under the WHO definition and perspectives. Costa Rican health care systems will be part of the course. This interactive, hands-on course offers a framework to integrate professional experience with functional communication and mediation skills. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their leadership into progress on matters of public health importance. Mandatory fieldwork sessions will be conducted at a medical facility, community or school.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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HIS 3293 – Costa Rican Health Care System and Tropical Medicine

Costa Rica’s health care system is unique due to the fact that it’s socialized and has achieved excellent health indicators. The course focuses on the history and development of the public health care system within the context of the Costa Rican sociopolitical and economic situation. It also gives a strong emphasis on how the system actually works and points out not only the strongholds of the systems but also its weak points. A third objective, of fundamental importance in order to understand this system, is the study of Costa Rica as a tropical country. Students will learn about the prevention and transmission of relevant tropical diseases.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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PSY 2200 – Health Psychology

The World Health Organization defines health as being “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well- being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Based on this definition, the concepts of health and illness have changed. Nowadays, healthcare professionals have to tackle the health from a bio-psycho-social concept. For this reason, it is extremely important for healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, just to mention some) to have general information about Health Psychology, which studies how biology, behavior, and social context influence health and illness. In this way, healthcare professionals can have an integrated approach to the patients under their treatment. This will discuss some of the most common topics related to Health Psychology and pertinent to practice in the healthcare professions.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PSY 3050 – Cultural Psychology

This course introduces students to the field of psychology that examines the influence of culture upon human behavior and cognitive processes. “Culture” is defined as the shared norms, values, and behaviors of groups and of the individuals in those groups. We will focus on such topics as cultural factors in self-concept, gender roles, motivation, cognition, emotions, relationships, and social values. Our exploration will be based on psychological theories, research, guest lecturers, and field experiences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS 2302 – Contemporary Latin American History

This course is a survey of the main events in Latin American History after its independence. Topics include the historical causes and effects of the independence, some of the main issues on social, economic and political problems and the main historical leaders in modern Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS-3130 Sustainability and Resources Management in the Ancient World

Students will learn about the relationship ancient civilizations like Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, India, Greece, Rome, the Celts, and the Pre-Colombian Americans had with their environment. Students will explore how these cultures interacted with nature and its resources, as land, forests, water and minerals. In addition, they will be able to identify the main characteristics that allow civilizations to create a sustainable relationship with their surroundings and habitat, if this is the case. This historic overview will allow students to liken and contrast our present day societies with the Ancient World.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HIS 3290 – Costa Rican Economic and Human Development

This course introduces the principal socio-economic and political features that have shaped and defined the history and development of Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HUM 3513 – Costa Rica Colloquium: History and Culture

This course provides general survey of the complex heritage and social evolution of Costa Rica, using a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach and focusing on the historical development and present day dynamics of economy, society, politics, natural resources and culture. Emphasis will be placed upon different topics throughout the course, based on participating students’ diverse backgrounds and expectations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 2500 – Human Rights in Latin America

A particular emphasis will be given to the case of Costa Rica, giving the students an opportunity to explore the development of human rights in the following areas: women’s rights, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, the CAFTA agreement and labor rights, indigenous groups and human rights, disability and age issues, and the prison environment.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3100 – Costa Rican Tradition: Peace and Democracy

The general objective of this course is to discuss, with students, the social, economic and political issues of the process of construction of peace and democracy in Costa Rica and Central America (1948-2005).

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3220 – Migration, Globalization, and Social Change

The course introduces students to the theories and practices of international human migration as a phenomenon that, while present throughout history, has a particular emphasis in today’s world. With human ramifications, its strong societal effects are evident on both ends of the issue—the nations from which people leave, and the targeted destinations. We will review the phenomenon based on its most prominent manifestations: forced migrations, voluntary migrations and internal displacements of groupings of people, and the motivational underpinnings that provoke such drastic actions as the uprooting of home and family in pursuit of presumably better opportunities. Migration is perceived by peoples in despair as an alternative to heavily weighing social, political and/or economic conditions, even when factoring in risks such as personal safety and adaptation to an unknown culture. Within this framework, we will analyze issues such as return migrations, the effects of remittances, the formation of diaspora communities, and the myriad of problems brought about by cultural adaptation and assimilation.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3420 – Costa Rican Environmental Policy

This course will explore the dynamics of environmental management, environmental histories, policy, politics and action in the case study of Costa Rica and beyond. It will study environmental history and policy at a regional and national level; it will explore the emergence of Costa Rica’s cutting edge environmental politics and governmental commitments (the greening of the public sector and carbon neutrality and others); it will look back at Costa Rica’s conservation history and critically review its conservation and sustainable development model; it will present an understanding of the ‘state of the nation and region’ in regard to environmental indicators (land use methods and statistics, deforestation and reforestation data, contamination and waste indicators); it will identify the individuals and organizations working on taking authentic action in environmental protection; it will take a close look at how government policy translates into practice by reviewing cases studies of community and grassroots action in forestry, organic farming, recycling, cooperatives, and women’s environmental groups; and lastly, it will address some of central issues and challenges facing these activities and the resultant environmental conflicts.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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POL 3450 -International Relations in Latin America

The course will analyze the aspects of the Economic Integration, globalization and conditions for a successful integration between economies and the effects of free trade in the region as well as the effects of protectionism. There will be a special treatment on foreign investments and joint ventures in the Latin America.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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TECH 2100 – Introduction to Programming and Coding

This course is an Introduction to programming and coding, focused on teaching the basics in programming to develop projects. The programming language that will be used is Java because of its ease to use and powerful applications in online applets. Students will develop at least one full project assisted by the professor and fellow students to demonstrate the knowledge gained.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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TECH 3100 – Digital Media Installations

This course will focus on the conceptual role that an artist or a multidisciplinary creative director has in the Digital Media field. Students will work on three creative projects. A film-animation, a website-portfolio, and a digital painting project. Throughout the course many team management skills will also be practiced including daily icebreakers, ideation-brainstorming, team leading and following, selling pitch presentations, sketching and fast Prototyping.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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SPN 1002 – Comunicación Oral Básica (Basic Oral Communication)

Este curso está diseñado para estudiantes de español como segunda lengua que cuentan con un dominio elemental del idioma en los aspectos morfosintácticos, léxico-semántico y fonético-fonológicos, por lo que deben haber aprobado el nivel básico 1. A lo largo del curso, desarrollará su competencia comunicativa oral, que le permitirá desenvolverse de manera efectiva y eficaz en situaciones cotidianas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3520 – Dialectología Latinoamericana (Latin American Dialectology)

Este curso explora una perspectiva socio-histórica de la lengua como un aspecto de estudio importante, para comprender el mecanismo lingüístico actual dentro de diferentes contextos sociales de habla. El enfoque de este curso es analizar la variedad dialectal que se refleja en los diferentes países latinoamericanos mediante rasgos: fonológicos, morfológicos y léxicos que toman en cuenta elementos culturales.

Además, el curso pretende como objetivo primordial conocer y poner en práctica estrategias dialectales para fomentar elementos comunicativos auténticos que enriquezcan el uso del idioma español.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4390 – El Cine y Literatura Latinoamericana (Latin American Literature in Film) (3) [Syllabus]

Este curso es un estudio de algunas producciones cinematográficas basadas en textos literarios de reconocidos escritores latinoamericanos. El curso se basa en el análisis y discusión de las principales características de la cultura, valores y temáticas de la realidad Latinoamericana presentes en dichasmuestras literarias y cinematográficas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4110 – Escritoras Contemporaneas Costarricenses (Contemporary Costa Rican Writers)

El curso aborda la principal producción literaria femenina en Costa Rica. Se enfoca en el análisis de temáticas presentes en los diferentes textos y su relación con la realidad nacional.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3000 – Introducción al Análisis Literario (Introduction to Literary Analysis)

El curso ofrece una introducción por parte de los estudiantes al estudio de la literatura en español y presenta los recursos básicos para la elaboración de un comentario o análisis literario. El estudiante adquirirá la terminología necesaria así como métodos críticos que le permitan generar comentarios y explicación de textos informados.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3050 – Fonética y Fonología (Phonetics and Phonology)

En este curso se aprenden métodos y herramientas de la lingüística descriptiva aplicada a la fonética y articulación.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3070 – Introducción a la Traducción (Introduction to Translation)

Una introducción a las herramientas teóricas y prácticas para el proceso de traducción del inglés al español. Los estudiantes aprenderán a hacer traducciones de textos sencillos de complejidad intermedia y avanzada tratando de mantener la mayor fidelidad posible con la intención y estilo del autor.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 3020 – Lecturas Selectas de la Literatura Latinoamericana (Select Readings from Latin American Literature)

Estudio panorámico de autores, corrientes literarias o particularidades de género en la literatura Latinoamericana.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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SPN 4330 – Tópicos Selectos en la Literatura Española (Select Topics in Spanish Literature)

Este curso es una panorámica de la literatura española, desde sus inicios hasta la primera mitad de la literatura contemporánea. Presenta una visión general de cada período en los que se ha dividido la literatura española, así como sus principales características. También se estudian los textos más representativos de los exponentes de cada período.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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HHD 1100 Principles of Medical Entomology in the Tropics

This course focuses on knowing and recognizing the basic biology, identification, classification, impact, and management, of insects that represent hazards to human health. To date, mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals around the world, with more deaths caused by mosquito-vectored diseases than from the attack of any wild animal. In the past several methods have been used to control the outbreaks of these insects, specially pesticide-based which in turn just aggravated the problem because of insecticide resistance. The tropics have been particularly affected by insects with human health impacts. For this reason, several private and public initiatives focus on developing ways to palliate these insects. This course will cover basic and applied aspects of Medical Entomology, with an especial focus on the ecological and socio-economic conditions of the tropics. This course will be based on field trips, talks, the study of multimedia, literature, visits and practical contact with people working on these subjects. Therefore, this course is aimed at any student with an interest in human health, biology, economics, sustainability, and anthropology.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

CHEM 1050 Introduction to the Physical and Chemical Basis of Everyday Life

This course is designed for students of non-scientific fields that strive to understand the chemical and physical (PChem) basis of everyday life. The goal is to deliver information and promote their own interest in scientific and technical issues through a question/answer approach.

Class demonstrations and fields trips are included to illustrate specific subjects. The course concentrates on simple but important aspects of modern day societies, such as X rays and CAT scans, the production and utilization of gasoline and polymers, the chemical fate and impact of chemicals on the environment and a variety of technical and scientific aspects related to human life concerns.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

TECH 2100 Introduction to Programming and Coding: Java

This course is an Introduction to programming and coding, focused on teaching the basics of programming to develop projects. The programming language that will be used is Java because of its ease to use and powerful applications in online applets. After understanding the general concepts of programming, at least one project will be developed by the students in order to demonstrate the knowledge gained in an assisted manner with the professor and fellow students.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

SUSD 2500 Biomimicry: Learning from Nature's Strategies

This course is designed to introduce students from different backgrounds, interests, and careers the basic fundamentals of Biomimicry, its methodology and its application as a design tool in creative processes. Participants have the opportunity, through dedicated time and access to sources of interest, to explore the application of these basic foundations in their own field or area of interest. The course offers the opportunity to connect, see, feel and touch local biodiversity, and to experience the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature of biomimicry, learning how to access and communicate with people from diverse perspectives and experiences.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

Basic Spanish I

This course is an introduction to Spanish for beginners with no previous knowledge of the language. Students develop basic linguistic skills necessary in order to communicate in common situations. The course covers basic grammatical structures, vocabulary, communicative expressions and frequent situations in settings such as restaurants, stores, buses and others. Emphasis is given to understanding, speaking, reading and cross-cultural perspectives.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Basic Spanish II

This course is for students who have completed a minimum of 60 contact hours in Spanish studies and already have a command of elementary grammatical tenses. Students advance their previous experiential knowledge and further develop their oral, reading, written and listening skills. Students expand their vocabulary and language usage in order to facilitate interaction with the Costa Rican environment and be able to express themselves in the past.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish I

Students in this course should have a good command of communicative skills for everyday situations and a structural command of the present tense. The objective of this course is to develop the student’s oral and written skills and emphasizes more complex grammatical structures. Students should develop a good command of all past indicative tenses.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Spanish II

This course emphasizes discourse enrichment, specifically related to description and simple narrations. The content of the course includes vocabulary building and detailed wok with the subjunctive mode and other complex grammatical structures. Students also learn idiomatic expressions used in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate II  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Intermediate Conversational Spanish

This course is for students who already have a high intermediate level of Spanish and wish to better their communication skills and pronunciation. The course emphasizes situational, everyday conversations and certain cultural issues. The methodology enhances structured speech to provide a firm foundation in patterns of spoken Spanish with progression toward unstructured conversation.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish I

This course is based on grammatical analysis, expansion of vocabulary, idiomatic expressions through readings, and student compositions at a complex level. The objective is for students to acquire a high level of communicative Spanish that will permit them to express their opinions and thoughts on complex and controversial subjects.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced I  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Spanish II

This course is designed for students who wish to perfect their oral and written skills. Students should have a high linguistic level and full knowledge of grammatical structures in order to work on polishing stylistics. Students practice narrative constructions, reactions within non-expected contexts, and how to report compiled information. The course also covers important aspects of myths, as well as cultural issues in Latin America.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced 2  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Oral Expression Techniques

This course focuses on advanced communication and presentation skills. Students work on communication techniques and efficient oral expression in formal contexts.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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Advanced Writing

This course is for high advanced-level students who want to further develop their written skills through different composition practices and techniques. The course covers complex and difficult questions of syntax. Special attention is given to stylistics and composition structure.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5  

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SPN 141 Basic Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for the purpose of giving health personnel, who do not have any previous Spanish experience, the tools necessary for interacting with and interviewing simulated Spanish speaking patients.

During the four weeks of the course, the students will acquire the linguistic knowledge and skills that will permit them to communicate at a basic level with simulated Spanish speaking patients.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginning  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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SPN 241 Intermediate Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for health personnel that has taken a minimum of 100 elective hours of Spanish as a second language. The goal of this course is to deepen the knowledge of medical related Spanish and increase the competency of communications in specifically simulated situations with Spanish speaking patients.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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SPN 341 Advanced Spanish for Health Professions

This course is designed for health personnel that have an advanced background in Spanish and who need to improve their linguistic competency in order to interact with their Spanish-speaking patients and their families. Pre-requisite four semesters minimum of college Spanish.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 5   Contact Hours: 80

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ARCH 3112 – History of Latin American Architecture and Art

A chronological overview of the main inventions and influences that contributed to the making of past and present architecture in Latin America, analyzing the artistic manifestations.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ARCH 3200 – Tropical Architecture and Design

This course teaches students to develop the skill to analyze a particular architectural situation and be able to offer adequate design solutions that will guarantee a good quality environment. It is offered to all students with no previous knowledge of design projection and means of graphic expression, who want to learn about tropical design.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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ART 1301 – Basic Principles of Drawing

This studio art course introduces basic principles of drawing. The course includes model drawings, landscape drawings, and experimental (abstract) drawings. The focus of this course is on the development of expression and observational drawing from still life, a model, and landscapes.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2100 – Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice

This course is designed for the beginner student to help find personal meaning in works of art and develop a better understanding of the nature and validity of art as visual and space language (line, shape, volume, light, space, time, motion, color, and texture). This means that you will learn about the essentials of art through experience and experimentation. Through determination and an open mind, you will increase your creativity and discover more interesting ways to understand and judge the visual arts. Emphasis is on the diversity of form and content in the artwork. With a willingness to work and an open mind, your experiences in this class will be memorable in a positive way. Upon completion, students should understand the basics of art materials used and have a basic overview of the history of art and how art represents its society, especially, Latin American culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ART 2130 – Mural Painting and Public Art

This studio art course introduces theoretical and practical aspects of large-scale painting, murals, and public art. The course includes an actual practicum in large-scale media and experimentation of early and contemporary techniques including drawing, fresco, painting, aerosol and various industrial materials. The objective of this course is for students to develop understanding about some of the social roles of art and the impact of murals in communities, based on its historical and contemporary applications. The course will enable the student to control scale, color, specific techniques and safety measures aimed at public spaces. Students will incorporate a Service Learning component by either conducting a collective workshop with children from a rural location or actually painting a collective mural as a donation to a community. The Students fine arts background will help with the complexity of the final collective project but the course does not require previous painting knowledge.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 4  

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CTV 3400 – Documentary Appreciation

Documentary Appreciation will focus on the critical analysis of audiovisual documentaries, exploring film and photography mediums in traditional and new media. Class interactions will comprise academic learning, viewing and discussion of material, practical exercises and written assignments.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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DNCE 2500 – Introduction to Latin American Tropical Dance

This course explores the technique, rhythm and movement style of Latin American Tropical dance. History, anthropology, folklore videos and songs are part of this experiential course. This course will provide students with a general overview and a better understanding of the folklore and history of Latin American dance. They should also be acquainted with some of the basic rhythms in various countries.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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ENG 150 – College Writing

This course is for the development of basic invention practices such as brainstorming, free writing, outlining, and journaling. Students will have to develop skills in personal narrative, exposition, as well as analytical, descriptive, argumentative writing. The course works with the process-based writing and also explores creative sources such as reading, thinking, analyzing, and discussion.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

ETH 3100 – Selected Topics in Afro-Caribbean Studies

This course examines a particular topic, theme, issue, or problem concerning the Black presence in Costa Rica and Central America. Sample offerings could include Central America and ethnic politics, history, and Culture, Blacks in Central American governments, Contemporary Black literature, History of the Black experience in Costa Rica.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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PFA 3000 – Performing Arts Production Workshop

This workshop is a studio class in which participants explore – and practice – the distinctive components of the production, mounting, and staging of an acted/choreographed/musicalized production. This course gives participants a rare opportunity to develop thei