Writing Sequence

The Writing Sequence forms the foundation of a student’s writing career and shares important writing-intensive values with all other areas of Liberal Studies. Writing provides students with an important method for organizing and expressing their thoughts, and it helps them develop and enhance their critical, analytical, and interpretive skills.

The two-semester Writing sequence advances the global emphasis of LS by engaging students in reading, analyzing, and interpreting works throughout the English-speaking world and, in translation, beyond it; in the classroom, instructors deal with the attendant issues of geography, political and social difference, and translation. Students also produce original work based on research and the incorporation of dialogue with other writers and thinkers.

Arts and Cultures and Global Works and Society

Based on the study of great works from antiquity to the Enlightenment, these complementary, two-semester sequences comprise a large-scale cultural history. In Arts and Cultures Sequence, you study literature, art history, and music, while in Global Works and Society Sequence you focus on philosophy, religion, political and social theory, and history. The sequences also provide an introduction to skills in critical analysis and synthetic thinking that are essential to successful study in all academic disciplines.

Spanish Language Courses

In addition to their Liberal Studies coursework, all students are required to take one course in Spanish language each semester. Placement is finalized upon testing during orientation.

Students are not expected to have taken Spanish coursework prior to their arrival in Madrid. In fact, many students begin with Intensive Elementary Spanish in the fall semester. That said, even the most proficient students should expect to take a Spanish language course in both the fall and the spring semesters. 

All Liberal Studies coursework (The Writing Sequence, Arts and Culture, Global Works and Society) is conducted in English.