Academic curriculum and GE

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WIM offers an integrative curriculum, in which topics learned in one class are reinforced and expanded upon in others, as well as in field trips and local excursions. Most importantly, students are learning and applying something new each and every day both inside and outside the classroom.

Students in WIM typically take 16 units. Most classes are 3 units. The Westmont Resident Director teaches one course, "Engaging Cultures," which is an integrative seminar designed to help you process the entire experience. All other courses are taught by highly qualified Mexican university professors.

Course Offerings (GEs noted in parenthesis)

  • Intermediate Spanish (SP 3/4) (Modern Language)
  • Advanced Spanish (SP 100) & Language in Context (SP 105) (Writing Intensive)
  • Advanced Oral Skills, Composition, and Grammar (for advanced Spanish students)
  • Mexican History & Civilization (Thinking Historically, Common Inquiries)
  • Principles of Art: Mexico (Performing & Interpreting the Arts)
  • Integrative Seminar: Engaging Culture (Thinking Globally)
  • Latin Dance ( PEA)
  • Latin American Literature I & II (Reading Imaginative Literature)
  • Mexican Literature (Reading Imaginative Literature)
  • Literary Translation (for upper-level students)
  • Mexico/US Relations (Political Science Elective)
  • Mexican Schools Field Experience (Liberal Studies Practicum, for students with advanced Spanish)

In addition to these courses, WIM has a 2-unit pre-departure orientation seminar (IS 192) during the spring semester and an optional reentry seminar (IS 197) upon arrival back home.

Unique Attributes

  • A bonus of the program is the intensive Spanish language courses, allowing you to complete the equivalent of one year's language study in just one semester
  • The WIM program as a whole satisfies the Communicating Cross-Culturally GE
  • Students will return with multiple GEs satisfied (typically 5-7 GEs) and up to 16 units for a Spanish minor or major.