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  • Locations: Fez, Morocco; Granada, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Seville, Spain; Toledo, Spain
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Program Sponsor: UMAIE 
  • Restrictions: St. Kate's applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Camels in the desert

Arab & Jewish Influence in Spain and Morocco

This program is full and no longer accepting applications.

Dates: 1/04/2019 – 1/29/2019 (Augustana students leave for Minneapolis on 1/3/19)

Spain has been a melting pot of people and cultures throughout its history, but no two groups have influenced Spain more than the Arabs and the Jews.
Academic Overview
Spain has been a melting pot of people and cultures throughout its history, but no two groups have influenced Spain more than the Arabs and the Jews.  The first evidence of Jewish settlements in Spain started in the third century.  They had control over the Mediterranean trade on the eastern and southern coasts of Spain.  They also were the bankers and businessmen who dominated the early Spanish economy.  The Arabs arrived in 711 and pushed north from North Africa and were a dominant force until their final defeat at Granada in 1492.  These Muslims, later called Moors, opened Spain to Eastern civilization and even introduced Greek philosophy to the Iberian Peninsula.  Córdoba & Toledo were considered the new Athens of Europe.  We will focus our studies on five cities that most reflect the Arab and Jewish influence.  They include Valencia, Toledo, Córdoba, Granada, Jaen, Cuenca, Segovia and Seville.  Before exploring Spain, we will follow the steps of the Arab invasion through Morocco to the shores of Algeciras, Spain.  Madrid will be our ending point for this course, which will give time to explore this beautiful capital.  Every aspect of Spain that was affected by the Jews and Arabs will be explored, which includes the language, art, literature, music, dance, food, customs, holidays, architecture and religion.   We must include the study of the Spanish Inquisition in order to fully appreciate the Jewish and Arab cultures in Spain.  This course will give the student a better understanding of the elements that shape present day religious and world conflicts.
Program Fee
Estimated Program Cost  Included in Program Cost  *Tuition Notice
Estimated Program Cost: $7,892 - $8,192
*Includes tuition and administrative fee

The final program fee will be published here in early December, 2018

There is a $500 deposit - $250 due at the time of application and $250 due by July 31st.  Students who begin an application after July 31st will need to submit the full $500 deposit at once. The deposit will be deducted from the total program cost when it is billed in January.
  • Transportation
  • course arrangements
  • hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms,
  • continental breakfast daily,
  • two lunches and eight dinners (subject to change).
For this J-Term Global Studies Course, students will receive 4 credits, but will only be charged for one credit of tuition.  The tuition charge is included in the estimate listed, but will appear separately on your bill.

No pre-requisites required except it is advisable to have two semesters of Spanish to be used as a Spanish elective.

Course Equivalency
Elective credit
Required Readings
Main Texts:
The Story of the Moors in Spain: (Stanley Lane-Poole, B.A., M.R.A.S.)
The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain (Menocal & Bloom)
And Grace Will Lead Me Home; A Guide for Pilgrim Journals (Paul H. W. Rohde) – ISBN 13:978-1-61097-742-5
Spanish Islam, A History of the Muslims in Spain (Reinhart Dozy – ISBN 81-87570-25-3)
God’s Crucible, Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215, David Levering Lewis – ISBN 978-0-393-06472-8  
Moorish Spain (Richard Fletcher – ISBN 0-520-24840-6)
Dogs of God, Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors, (James Reston, Jr. – ISBN 10: 1-4000-3191-5)
The Jews of Spain, History of the Sephardic Experience (James S. Gerber – ISBN 0-02-911574-4)
Muslims in Spain, 1500-1614 (L.P. Harvey – ISBN 0-226-31963-6)
Spanish Inquisition – The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain (B. Netanyahu)
Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada (Washington Irving)
A Vanished World, Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain (Chris Lowney – ISBN 13-978-0-19-531191-4))

Supplemental Reading Packet (distributed at the UMAIE Orientation).
30% - Group Participation and Attendance
20% - Focused Reflective Journal
15% - Class Presentation
15% - Reflective Paper
20% - Final Exam & Quizzes 

Faculty Directors
Sam Ogdie, Augustana University (605) 274.5482, email:
Cathy Ogdie, (605) 359.6331, email:

Description of Faculty Directors:

Sam Ogdie has over twenty years of experience teaching Spanish at high school and college levels. He holds a Master’s degree in Selected Studies from the University of South Dakota with focus on Hispanic Studies. Prof. Ogdie spent two summers in Santiago, Chile, one summer in the Dominican Republic and one summer at the University of Valencia in Spain studying Hispanic culture and language. He has organized and led nine education summer study trips to Spain, received three National Endowment Study Grants and a teacher’s scholarship from the Embassy of Spain to study Spanish culture and language at the University of Salamanca. In 2002 he received a U.S. Presidential Scholars Teachers Recognition Award in Washington D.C. from the U.S. Department of Education.     

Professor Ogdie has taught almost 30 years. This will be his 14th UMAIE study-abroad course.
Cathie Ogdie has over twenty-four years of experience in healthcare and more than nine years’ experience teaching business and medical laboratory classes at the college level. She holds a Master’s degree in Administrative Studies from the University of South Dakota with focus on Healthcare Administration. Mrs. Ogdie has co-directed 9 UMAIE courses. Mrs. Ogdie is presently working for National American University as a coordinator of the Medical Assistance program nationwide.
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Application Procedures & Deadline
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· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2018.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information on course content, contact: Prof Sam Ogdie
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.