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Study Abroad Trip, Spain May 29-June 12, 2012

Dr. D.A. Quinn
Course Number: HIST 4282 SP; CAST 4290 SP; THEO 4290 AA; CORE 3101

The Center for Catholic Studies and the G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture are sponsoring a three-credit study abroad course, The Foundations of Christian Culture: Spain. The course requirements include: three preliminary and mandatory lectures at Seton hall. The course itself will be conducted entirely in Spain visiting Madrid, Toledo, Burgos, Astorga, Leon, Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and other towns that have played an important role in Catholic Spain. Classes will take place in situ. Course is available for HIST graduate credit. The course is cross listed for credit in Catholic Studies, History, Theology and Core.

Foundations of Christian Culture (England, Italy, Spain) Study Abroad Course/trips have been developed by the Center for Catholic Studies, and often co-sponsored with other academic departments, to offer students the opportunity to explore first-hand the interaction of Catholicism with various disciplines and cultures throughout the world. Courses are offered in the academic year, as well as summer terms, and are cross-listed to offer students wide options for credits earned. Scholarship support is offered for qualifying students. For more information »

Course Information:
This course examines the foundations of Christian culture in Spain, looking in particular at the Spanish Catholic experience from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance to the Age of Baroque in the 17th and 18th centuries. Its aim is to explore the relationship between religion and culture, asking how religion may help us understand history and how religion, in turn, may help us understand history, both realities being inter-dependent and mutually reinforcing. Exploring the lives and reading the works of the great figures of Spanish Catholicism, the course hopes to provide students with a deeper understanding of the spiritual riches of one of the great Catholic cultures of the world, concentrating especially on the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Teresa of Ávila and Saint John of the Cross. In addition, students will visit many of the great sites of catholic Spain and, in that way, be able to experience for themselves some of the cultural riches of Spanish history and religion over the past five centuries. It is hoped that at the end of the course students will have had an experience at once intellectually challenging, academically rigorous and spiritually enriching.

Three preliminary and mandatory lectures will be given at Seton Hall, the course itself will be conducted entirely in Spain. Flying to Madrid, students will travel to Toledo, Burgos, Astorga, León, Santiago de Compostela, Salamanca and other towns that have played an important role in Catholic Spain. Classes will take place in situ. Course is available for HIST graduate credit.

For more information and to register »


  • See the great cathedrals and churches of one of the most important centers of religious life in the world
  • Explore the lives of St. Theresa of Ávila, St. Ignatius Loyola and Saint John of the Cross
  • Walk part (a small part!) of the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela
  • Course qualifies for a 25% study abroad discount


  • $3,600 per person, includes r/t airfare, accommodations, transfers, visits, 2 meals per day.
  • Not included:
    • Tuition
    • Travel insurance

For information and to apply please contact: Dr. Dermot Quinn at

For more information please contact:
Chesterton Institute
(973) 275-2431


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