Snapshots from the Strait of Gibraltar: Digital Transcriptions of Culture, Architecture, and Religion
From the Alhambra Palace to the ancient medina of Fez, flamenco dancing to Arabic calligraphy, this interim explores the unique aspects of the region stretching from Southern Spain to Morocco – through the lens of our cameras. After lessons in digital photography and pre-trip orientation, we’ll take off for two weeks of exploration, creating travel blogs to reflect on the experience. We’ll spend our first week in southern Spain, based in the Plaza Santa Ana -- at the center of Granada. With an eye toward the Islamic history and influence in the region, we’ll tour the Alhambra palace, take day trips to Albayzin and Sacramonte, visit the famous mosque of Cordoba, and take a bike tour of Seville. We’ll then wind our way to Morocco after touring the Rock of Gibraltar, crossing the Strait by ferry, and landing in Tangier. Our Moroccan explorations will be based in Rabat (the capital city), and from there we’ll explore Moroccan culture via its ancient architecture, a class in calligraphy, a henna demonstration, and visits to numerous important cultural sites. The through-line for the course will be digital photography and intercultural writing, and students need not have sophisticated equipment to participate.
Students will enroll in JAN 410 A for Interim. This course will focus on digital photography, travel writing/blogging, navigating various technology platforms, and engaging with online environments. Students will also analyze American notions of Spanish and Moroccan cultures and reflect on social aspects of climate and geography.
Students will be housed in hotels during the two weeks of travel throughout Spain and Morocco.
Program fee: $5,025
This cost includes international airfare, lodging, transportation to and from the airport, on-site transportation, some group meals (lunches are on students' own), all fees/tickets for pre-arranged events and museums, and international insurance coverage.
Local transportation: $30
Passport: $150 (all students must have a valid passport to participate)
Wofford Travel Grants
The Wofford College Travel Grants provide assistance to students who are participating in an Interim Travel/Study program. Financial need and academic merit are the principle considerations in awarding these grants. Please note that an application for a Wofford Travel Grant does not substitute for the Travel/Study project application for Interim.
To be eligible to apply for a Travel Grant, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (except first-year students applying in the fall) and be in good social and academic standing with the College. Awards range from $500 - $1,500. The number of awards granted will depend upon the number of applicants as well as available funds. The award is directly applied to the applicant's program fees. To apply, complete the online Wofford College Travel Grant application
For More Information
Contact Dr. Cate Blouke
or Dr. Trina Jones
Visit the JAN 410 A: Snapshots from the Strait of Gibraltar website
View the JAN 410 A: Snapshots from the Strait of Gibraltar brochure