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Spanish Language Courses 

Intermediate Spanish I

MADR 1003

Fall, Spring, & Summer

4 Credits

Third semester college-level Spanish. Further improve conversation and comprehension proficiency. Develop reading and writing skills through literary analysis and grammar review. This class is designed to further develop and strengthen the language skills acquired in Beginning Spanish II.

U of M Spanish Department equivalent: SPAN 1003

Syllabus for Intermediate Spanish I (PDF)

Intermediate Spanish II

MADR 1004

Fall, Spring, & Summer

4 Credits

Fourth semester college-level Spanish. Further improve conversation and comprehension proficiency. Develop reading and writing skills through literary analysis and grammar review. This class is designed to further develop and strengthen the language skills acquired in Intermediate Spanish I.

U of M Spanish Department equivalent: SPAN 1004

Courses Taught in Spanish

Spanish Civilization

MADR 3013

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course offers a general view of Spanish culture and society through readings, lectures and cultural activities. Topics portraying the transformations experienced in the country during the last years include: the political system, the social and economic problems, the multi-ethnic society, the new role of women, the new family models and the present image of Spain.

Approved for the Social Sciences core and Global Perspectives theme.

U of M Spanish Department equivalent: SPAN 3510

Syllabus for Spanish Civilization (PDF)

Spanish Conversation

MADR 3017

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course is designed for students who wish to perfect their listening comprehension, oral expression, and general interaction both in conversation and other forms of oral communication (presentations, speeches, etc.). To this end, class activities will include listening exercises, watching films, class debates, conversation simulation and role-play, brief presentations, and other activities of linguistic support (grammar, vocabulary, nonverbal communication, etc.). Taking advantage of the linguistic immersion in which the students are participating, students will be encouraged to interact with their environment and learn in real-life situations.

U of M Spanish Department Equivalent:  Span 3699 (Spanish Studies elective without a Critical Analysis prerequisite).  Effective Summer 2017. 

Syllabus for Spanish Coversation (PDF)

Courses Taught in English

Business Courses

Financial Management

MADR 3001

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This introductory course in corporate financial management is designed to develop the student’s capacity to understand the basic concepts in investment and financial decision-making at the corporate level. The course will also discuss the role of the financial manager and financial analysis and planning.  Studies the forms, sources, and management of business capital. The finance function and its relation to other business functions and to general policy objectives are considered. Topics include: capital requirement, short and intermediate financing, management of current assets, capital budgeting, and the cost of capital.

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

Equivalent to FINA 3001.

Syllabus for Financial Management (PDF)

Fundamentals of Marketing

MADR 3008

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

To provide students with a broad introduction to marketing concepts, factors that influence marketing management, and the role of marketing in business and within organizations. The course will 1) try to develop the student´s understanding of marketing terms and concepts and 2) to identify and differentiate between marketing functions, the management of these functions, and their interaction. The course will try to give a cross-cultural context and application to the concepts developed by marketing, due to the tendency of most organizations to become more globally oriented.

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

Equivalent to MKTG 3001.

Syllabus for Fundamentals of Marketing (PDF)

Corporate Social Responsibility

MADR 3014

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course examines principles of social responsibility, ethics, law, and stakeholder theory as they apply to organizations domestically and abroad. Coverage includes business ethics; individual versus societal interests; labor and employment issues; consumer protection; discrimination and diversity; the natural environment; politics, public policy, and government regulation of business. Particular attention is given to developing moral reasoning skills.

This course is designed to develop the student’s capacity to recognize and reason about ethical issues connected with international business management. Specifically, students will be able to 1) recognize potential ethical dilemmas arising from a cross-cultural context, 2) understand the factors in a cross-cultural context that inform a manager’s choice of action, and 3) apply knowledge of the cross-cultural context to come to a solution of the ethical dilemma.

Approved for the Civic Life and Ethics and Global Perspectives themes.

Equivalent to MGMT 1005.

Syllabus for Corporate Social Responsibility (PDF)

Psychology Courses

Health Psychology

MADR 3206

Fall & Spring

3 credits

Recent advances in psychological, medical, and physiological research have led to a new way of thinking about health and illness and understanding that our health is not only the product of biological processes but also of psychological, behavioral and social processes. Health psychology is a relatively young field of study that examines the relationship between psychology and health. The course highlights differences between health psychology and the biomedical model and examines the kinds of questions asked by health psychologists like: How our personality may affect our health? What does stress do to our health? What psychological and social factors cause people to behave in unhealthy ways? What can psychologists do to help cure illness? Are there ethnic and gender variations in health? Does it matter how your doctor talks to  you?

Equivalent to PSY 3206

Health Psychology Syllabus(PDF)

Introduction to Biological Psychology

MADR 3018

Fall & Spring

3 credits

The course begins with brief overviews of the structure of the central nervous system, basic principles of nervous conduction and synaptic transmission, neurotransmitter systems, and basic techniques used in biological psychology research. We will then review current knowledge on the biological substrates of a range of behaviors and mental processes, including memory, emotion, and sleep. The course will also examine the biological basis of a variety of neuropsychological disorders and forms of mental illness, including addiction, depression, and anxiety.

The course is designed to convey the ways in which current approaches are directed towards a better understanding of the biological basis of psychological states and treating mental illness. During the course, you should become comfortable with the basic details of brain function and gain a general understanding of the biology of behavior, mental states, and mental illness. You should also begin to develop the skills to understand techniques and evaluate results of neurobiological and behavioral experiments.

Equivalent to PSY 3061

Abnormal Psychology

MADR 3604

Fall & Spring

3 credits

The purpose of this course is to give the student an opportunity to explore current issues in understanding and treating abnormal behavior. The course will provide an initial overview of history, perspectives, assessment (DSM), diagnosis, and treatment, followed by an in-depth look at several disorders from a combined biological, developmental, and cultural approach. The focus will be to achieve an understanding of the various ways that human behavior can be compromised and the various factors that affect our ability to adapt.

Equivalent to PSY 3604.

Syllabus for Abnormal Psychology (PDF)

Cross-Cultural Psychology

MADR 3301

Fall & Spring

3 credits

This course's aim is to understand how cultural factors influence human behavior and development. Additionally, the interaction between different cultures and how to solve the difficulties that may arise during the acculturation process may be discussed. The course also studies the vision and treatment of mental disorders in different cultures, especially the differences and similarities between Spanish and North American cultures. Mental Health systems of both countries will be also analyzed and compared.

Syllabus for Cross-Cultural Psychology (PDF)

Sensation and Perception

MADR 3031

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

Learn how the human body turns different physical stimuli into neural impulses (sensation), and how the brain receives and interprets these impulses (perception). The Focus will be on commonalities between senses as a guide to understanding how the brain interprets data about the external world.

Equivalent to PSY 3031.

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

Syllabus for Sensation and Perception (PDF)

Other Courses

Ecology of Spain

MADR 3002

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

The main objectives of this course are the following: 1. To study the basic mechanisms of how our environment functions. To study the different ecosystems in Spain, their principal characteristics and the relation between their components; 2. To analyse and assess the impact and consequences of human activity on the different ecosystems.  Learn the risks and the environmental impacts on those ecosystems and how to prevent them; and 3. To develop a fuller understanding and appreciation of the world of nature in a global way.  To understand the changes caused by the interaction of the ecosystem’s components and the balance between them.

Approved for the Environment and Global Perspectives themes.
This course is equivalent to BIOL 3407.

Syllabus for Ecology of Spain (PDF)

World Religions

MADR 3006

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

This course explores the basic precepts and cultures of the world’s major religions through reading, reflection, study, and dialogue.  The intended outcome, more than gaining an in-depth understanding of each faith theologically, is to encourage religious tolerance and promote the celebration of theological diversity among the peoples of the Earth. The major religions to be explored will be: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.  Students will be invited to claim their own faith, while embracing openness to learn from all faiths. Equal time will be dedicated to each faith, however, because the Iberian culture has been historically shaped by the influence of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, a special unit will be dedicated to the blending of these three traditions.

Approved for the Arts and Humanities core and Global Perspectives theme.

Syllabus for World Religions (PDF)

Art at the Prado Museum

MADR 3021

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

The aim of this course is to make students familiar with the most relevant and internationally outstanding Spanish modern artists: Goya, Picasso, Dalí and Miró. With a specific concentration on these Spanish masters, the course will bring students to fully understand and assimilate such fundamental concepts and movements of art history as Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstraction and Minimalism.

Approved for the Arts and Humanities core and Global Perspectives theme.
This course counts as an upper-division Art History elective.

Syllabus for Art at the Prado Museum (PDF)

Internships in Spain

MADR 3012

Fall, Spring & Summer

3 or 6 Credits

Experiential learning in many fields, coupled with a classroom component, which deepens your understanding of the meaning of work in Spain and of the social organizational structure and culture of the workplace. 3 credits during the semester; 6 credits during the summer.

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme.

Syllabus for Internship in Spain (PDF)

Culture, Globalization and the Media

MADR 3019

Fall & Spring

3 Credits

The aim of this course is to introduce the notion of “culture” as the set of mentally and socially mediated constructs employed by individuals and groups to interpret reality. From that basis, this course examines the set of conflicts currently underway both within Western societies – as seen, for instance, in the “Cutlure Wars” as well as in the latest US presidential election – as well as the tensions between the Western and non-Western cultures – such as those of India, China and the Arab worlds – with an emphasis in the role played by the media and the cultural industries.

Approved for Arts and Humanities & Global Perspectives themes.

Tentatively accepted for upper-level COMM elective credit

Approved as an elective for Global Cultural Analysis

Syllabus for Culture, Globalization and the Media (PDF)

Optional Course (for an additional fee)

Global Identity

OLPD 3303

Fall & Spring Semesters

1 Credit

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional online course that helps you process your overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in reflecting on multiple layers of cross-cultural experience and marketing your study abroad experience for future goals.  This course is offered for an additional fee. Registration Instructions will be emailed to all students who are going abroad, via the Learning Abroad Center. Contact Ryan McCarthy for questions about the course.

Approved for the Global Perspectives theme

Universidad Carlos III

Fall & Spring Semesters 


You may take English-taught courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid for an additional cost. Choose from classes offered during the primer cuatrimestre (fall) or segundo cuatrimestre (spring). These courses cost an additional fee and have a slightly different schedule than the study center courses. Contact Amy Garwood-Díaz at the Learning Abroad Center if you would like to take one or more of these courses. 

Getafe campus

Courses are available in the following disciplines at the Getafe campus:

Business Administration
Film, Television and Media Studies
Finance & Accounting
International Studies

Leganes campus

Courses are available in the following disciplines at the Leganes campus:

Aerospace Engineering
Audiovisual System Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Communication System Engineering
Electrical Power Engineering
Energy Engineering
Industrial Electronics and Automation Engineering
Industrial Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Telecommunication Technologies Engineering
Telematics Engineering

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