The Camino de Santiago is comprised of various routes that all end in the same place, Santiago de Compostela, where some believe the Cathedral houses the remains of the first martyred apostle, Saint James. Faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at UNC Chapel Hill have developed a 5 week program that takes students along the length of the Camino de Santiago (Camino Francés) for cultural and artistic purposes. This study abroad program examines the importance of the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela and the relevance of this 1200 year old tradition to Spain and Europe’s self definition within a global context. With the aid of literary and historical texts, the course will explore the art, rituals and landscapes of the Camino. Beginning in the town of St. Jean Pied-de-Port and continuing the medieval road through four different regions, students will join the approximately 250,000 people of all beliefs (or lack thereof), backgrounds and nationalities who currently travel on foot each year along this UNESCO World Heritage site.

This new program is taught in English and consists of two courses (6 credit hours):  1) ARTS 390: Art, Rites & Rituals – an introduction to the culture, history, performance and contemporary context of pilgrimages and the Camino de Santiago through the lens of performance and  2)ARTS 290: Landscapes of the Camino de Santiago– an art class investigating the different experiences of this historic trek through the act of walking the landscape and making art along the way. Students will be expected to attend two preparatory seminars during Spring 2018 semester and travel to St Jean Pied-de-Port in France prior to the beginning of the program. We will immerse in an unforgettable peripatetic experience and enjoy the wonders and magic of the Camino de Santiago and the rich cultural landscape of Spain.