These courses offer a multi-disciplinary study of the history, sociology, politics, economics and religion of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Classroom work is integrated with service-learning and cultural immersion in a context of ethical analyses and reflection.

EDP 362: The Dominican Republic in Context

Core fulfillment: Doing Social Science
A study of the history, sociology and politics of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, using data from multiple sources. Classroom work is integrated with service-learning and cultural immersion in a context of ethical analyses and reflection. This provides a supervised learning experience in a community learning site and is designed to integrate the knowledge, values, and skills presented in the classroom, as well as the individual research that the students will be performing, with the experiences in the community. CLICK HERE for a sample syllabus.

EDP 461: The Crucified People of Today

Core Fulfillment: Intersections
A multi-disciplinary study of social justice issues pertaining to people experiencing material poverty.  This course will combine Theological beliefs to make meaning out of the injustices in our world, with Economics views that address sustainable development ideas to eradicate extreme poverty.  Classroom work is integrated with service-learning and cultural immersion in a context of ethical analyses and reflection.  While addressing many of the social justice issues covered in this course from a global perspective, course work is designed to also bring a multi-disciplinary perspective to the exploration of the cultural, social, economic, political and religious aspects of life in the Dominican Republic. CLICK HERE for a sample syllabus.

SPN 318: Spanish Immersion in the Dominican Republic

This course offers an intensive learning experience that focuses on language learning through conversations and immersion in the daily life of a Dominican host family. This course complements the knowledge gained during the students' regular Encuentro Spanish class, allowing them to apply this knowledge in their interactions during the immersions. CLICK HERE for a sample syllabus.

SPN 111 - SPN 999

Students will also take three credits of intensive Spanish classes Monday - Thursday taught by a local Dominican professor. Students take a written and oral placement test upon arrival in the Dominican Republic, but receive credit for the course they are enrolled in at Creighton. When necessary, independent studies are arranged to ensure students are enabled to grow in their Spanish-speaking ability. Students who have not taken any Spanish courses at Creighton will take a placement exam online the semester before to determine his/her course level registration.



Each semester Encuentro have the option to take additional elective courses taught by a visiting Creighton professors.

  • Fall 2018 Hybrid Online/Immersion Course: SPN 330 / HIST 330 / PLS 330: Cuba & the US: Revolution & Restitution (3CR). This course is instructed by Creighton Faculty Member Dr. Ryan Spangler & Dr. Erika Moreno and includes a week-long immersion in Havana, Cuba over Fall break. (additional fee applies)
  • Fall 2018 Visiting Professor Course: Gender, Work, and Organizing COM462/WGS462, instructed by Dr. Erika Kirby
  • Spring 2019 Visiting Professor Course: Biblical Traditions CORE, course name and number TBD


PUCMM is a private, Roman Catholic, coeducational, university in the Dominican Republic with a campus located in Santiago, a short drive from the ILAC center. These courses are offered through the Department of Applied Linguistics through the Spanish for Foreigners section. Language of Instruction: Spanish, taught at an intermediate level to students for whom Spanish is not his/her native language.

Culture and Society through Cinema (transfers to Creighton as SPN 571, 3CR)
Through the study of cinema, students can come to know, at a deeper level, the important accomplishments of our Latin American history.  This course also offers the opportunity to appreciate, through the analysis of selected films, the essential features that have influenced the cultures of the Latin American people.