The Camino de Santiago is the traditional pilgrimage route from France across northwestern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the legendary burial site of St. James. One of the great medieval pilgrimages and the greatest surviving itinerary for medieval monuments and landscapes, it has enjoyed a remarkable revival in recent years, attracting European Union sponsorship, the attention of media stars, and hundreds of thousands of walkers and pilgrims.
In this spring course, two-week study tour and interdisciplinary capstone, participants will walk the route, and meet each day for lectures and discussion of the medieval and pre-modern monuments along the route. The group will meet periodically during the spring 2017 semester to discuss reading assignments, make presentations and prepare for the walk. An essay is required at the end of the course.
Fordham College students may gain four credits for this course and may apply the credits earned for this course (MVST 4998) to meet the core interdisciplinary capstone requirement, or as a free elective (no matter what their major), or toward majors/minors in Medieval Studies, History, Latin-American and Latino Studies, and American Catholic Studies.
Eligibility requires that students be full-time and registered during the spring 2017 semester. Participation in this study tour can then be added to their schedules for a total not exceeding 18 credits without further tuition charges.
- William Melczer, The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela (1993) [translation of Bk 5 of the Codex calixtinus]
- Nancy Louise Frey, Pilgrim Stories: On and Off the Road to Santiago, Journeys Along an Ancient Way in Modern Spain (1998)
- David M. Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson, The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook (2000)
Major Paper Format
An essay, journal or reflection concentrating on analysis and assessment of the historical context, the relation of the experience to the readings, and the contemporary Camino; due no later than 20 June 2017.
Major paper (40%); discussion in class meetings (before and during the study tour; 30%); presentations in class meetings before and during the study tour (30%).
Course Fees and Payment Information
The course fee ($1000.00 total cost) covers includes insurance, entrance fees for museums and field trips and hotel/hostel accommodation while on the Camino.
The course fee DOES NOT INCLUDE tuition, airfare, hostel/hotel accommodation in Spain before or after the tour, meals, ground transportation. (Note that tuition is already covered for fulltime students.)
Expenses will vary, but personal expenses on the tour will be about $600; i.e., $320 for meals (16 days @ $20 p.d.) and a similar amount for incidentals. Expenses before and after the course will include airfare ($700-1000), transport to Leon and from Santiago (about $75), and daily costs before and after the trip (at least $150 p.d. in Madrid or other major cities). A personal “out of pocket” budget of at least $1300 can be expected (in addition to the course fee). ATMs are available along much of the route.
People of all ages and physical conditions have walked the Camino de Santiago, and anyone in average shape should be able to complete it. Some parts of the route can be demanding, with passage through occasionally mountainous terrain. This indeed is part of the attraction for many. Students should, however, contact their physicians at least three months prior to travel. All questions about medical advice should be addressed to your physician. Students and families should be assured that Spain has an advanced and extensive medical care system, and professionally staffed clinics are available in most towns and cities along the route and throughout the country.
The Study Abroad Office manages payments and course fees, as well as the final application process. Please visit the Study Abroad Portal.
Payment schedule: $300 due 1 February 2017: balance due 1 April 2017, along with a copy of the student’s passport.
Cancellation policy: $100 charge per person at any time after signing the agreement. Cancellations after 15 April 2017 will only be refunded at 50% of the tour price. Cancellations after 15 May 2017 will forfeit 100% of the tour price.