Spain: Religion in Spain – From Moorish Rule to Christian Pilgrimage (Honors) – CLOSED


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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 11 - June 11, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Prof. Elizabeth Bucar (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer I


  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad - The Act of Pilgrimage
  • HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad -  Islam and Spain


Why this DOC?

Much of what we think of as typically “Spanish” has its roots in the tension between Christianity and Islam that came to define Spain. The course provides first hand experiences of role of religion in Spain through two units. First we travel to southern Spain to an area that for centuries was a Muslim country ruled by the Moors and called al-Andalus. Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and Toledo provide a laboratory to explore how Spaniards and the Christian church have historically dealt with the challenges of religious and ethnic plurality. Second we head north to visit the a pilgrimage route the Catholic Church promoted as part of its efforts to push the Muslim Moors out of Spain: the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. For over 1000 years, people of faith have traveled this route, where legends tell us St. James is buried. We will spend two weeks as pilgrims, walking the last 150 miles of the route, and resting in towns that bear vivid material evidence of the popularity of this practice through their ecclesial art and architecture. This unit will allow the student to explore the significance of pilgrimage by performing the actions of a pilgrim

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HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad – The Act of Pilgrimage

HONR 3309 Honors Seminar Abroad -  Islam and Spain

Course Syllabi

Eligibility Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA is recommended
  • At least 2 completed terms at Northeastern
  • Students must be active Honors Program students in good standing. GPA will be a factor in selection. Interviews will begin right after the priority deadline (application date), however acceptances will not be made until final fall grades are available. There are no coursework prerequisites. The instructor will conduct interviews of all applicants. Final decisions will be made by instructor in consultation with Honor’s staff.
  • Note: The nature of pilgrimage requires that students be able to walk 8-15 miles a day for multiple days in a row in various weather conditions (including rain). There will be limit to the personal items students may bring on the trip. Moreover, students will not be allowed to use IPods, MP3, players, cell phones or any other electronic devices WHILE WALKING on the pilgrimage routes

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


We will be staying in shared rooms in inns or small hotels throughout the Dialogue, in all cases these will be walking distance to city center. Class discussions will occur either on site of accommodations or in cafes or parks. We will have internet access every couple days for the first 2 weeks (while in Andalucia), but limited access during the walk on the Camino. Breakfasts will be included for the entire trip. Dinners are included during the days on the Camino (because this is the only way we can reserve accommodations for all of us to stay together). Other meals are on your own, but the TA will provide a list of suggested eateries during the Andalucia portion. During the pilgrimage we will stop in small cafes for lunch. You also have the option of packing food for the day’s hike. Laundry will be available every 5-7 days, but the cost is not included in the program.


Santiago, Granada, Seville, Toledo, and Cordoba are all mid-sized, cosmopolitan Spanish cities used to catering to foreign visitors.

The towns we will staying in during the Camino portion of the Dialogue will vary from small rural village to mid-sized towns. All are used to catering to pilgrims.