Santa Clara University

Casa de la Solidaridad

Course Information

The curriculum of the Casa de la Solidaridad is designed for most undergraduate majors, enabling you to meet your graduation requirements with academic credit granted through Santa Clara University or your home institution. Your classes will be taught by professors at the University of Central America, who are experts in their fields on topics related to Central America.

The learning style is integrated and interdisciplinary and examines the social, political, and economic reality of the people of El Salvador. The academic curriculum incorporates traditional classroom activities, participative research, and interaction with the local community. Students select a total of five courses for the semester program, and two courses for the summer program. During the semester program, all students are required to be enrolled in the appropriate section of Spanish (either 100 or 110). Students who are fluent in Spanish and pass a proficiency test can opt to take a different class in lieu of the Spanish language class. All students are required to take the Field Placement/Praxis course.

Credit is issued through Santa Clara University. Since SCU is on the quarter system, each class is 5 quarter units. Students take five classes during a semester with the Casa de la Solidaridad, for a total of 25 quarter units. The summer program is worth 10 units.

Course Offerings

Manuel Fernando Velasco INTL 130: Salvadoran Literature (82k PDF)
Knut Walter
INTL 131: The Sociology of Development in El Salvador (81k PDF)
Gene Palumbo INTL 132: Perspectives on El Salvador's Civil War (106k PDF)
Kevin Yonkers-Talz
INTL 139: Praxis Seminar (115k PDF)
Cruz Portal
SPAN 110: Advanced Spanish Conversation (89k PDF)
Peggy O'Neill, SC, EdD RELS 120: Latin American Theology (151k PDF)
Pedro Martín
POLI 136A: Political Structures and Processes in El Salvador and Central America (110k PDF)