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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Cuba Havana

Semester: Spring
Date: Mid-February to late May
Offered: Every other academic year (odd years)
Program Focus: Country Study


HIST 348: Modern Cuba
SPAN 202 with a “B” average or better in language study                                       

Spring 2017
Program Leader:
Sarah Warren
Professor of Sociology
Ext. 7667
Campus Contact:

Elliott Young
Professor of History
Ext. 7454

Program Design:
Academic study focuses on the study of the construction of the Cuban nation with emphasis on issues of race, slavery, socialism and relations with the U.S. The program will be based at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) and will include excursions to Santiago, Trinidad and Pinar del Rio.  Students live in homestays.


Requirements Fulfilled:
Fulfills the overseas requirement for Latin American Studies minor and the two-course international studies requirement.  The Art and Culture course fulfills the Creative Art General Education requirement.

4 courses per semester/16 credits


Art and Culture in Modern Cuba (Art History, Art – 4 credits):
This course will review the major trends and movements in Cuban music, film, dance, and plastic arts in the twentieth century.  The course will not only teach students how to appreciate these cultural expressions, but it will situate these movements within the context of the evolving Cuban society.

Spanish Language (300 Level Spanish Credit – 4 credits):
The focus of this class will be on comprehension and oral skills. Review and perfection of Spanish grammar, and literature will also be integrated as part of the curriculum, but the class would seek to raise the students’ level of Spanish to facilitate their understanding and participation in the other classes that will also be taught in Spanish.

Contemporary Cuban Voices (4 credits):
This course will introduce students to a wide variety of contemporary Cuban intellectuals, artists and writers through weekly guest lectures.  Students will also be asked to process their experiences and discuss the guest lectures.

Community-Based Research (4 credits):
This course will introduce students to basic oral history and ethnographic methodologies. Students will develop field research projects through internships and participant-observation.  Their projects will culminate in a 15 page field-research paper.

Cuba, Havana

More information regarding travel and program preparation here


Blog Feed: Cuba

  • March 6, 2017 at 12:31pm
    I have been looking into Cuban baseball for my research project here, and on Wednesday I spent the afternoon with Javier Dreke, a scout for one of the top clubs in Cuba, Los Industriales. He met me at Ciudad Deportiva, a gargantuan athletics complex where sports of all kinds are practiced and played. I jumped […]
  • February 24, 2017 at 12:08pm
    When I think about the differences between home and Cuba, the concept I keep returning to most is the way that time is perceived. It has been quite a transition for me to get used to the large chunks of free time that I have here. At Lewis & Clark, I’m consistently working or doing […]
  • February 22, 2017 at 12:02pm
    Tomorrow we will have been in Habana for four weeks which is incredibly hard to believe. Time passes in mysterious ways here and can be hard to track for reasons that are hard to identify and explain. However, although I’m struggling to measure my time here, I think that individually and as a group, we’ve […]
  • February 21, 2017 at 10:48am
    It’s been two weeks now in Cuba and I’ve learned a lot about the way I should go about my day – what I need and where/how to get it. It’s taken this long to feel comfortable meeting basic needs, and of course I’m still learning. I’ve been thinking a lot about how strange it […]
  • February 21, 2017 at 10:41am
    Hoy es sies de Febrero and we are two weeks into the program with 13 weeks left in Cuba. As Julia our Cuban program organizer would say “siempre un aventura en Cuba.” Or it’s always an adventure here. There have been a number of instances or circumstances that just can’t be explained or don’t seem […]
  • February 21, 2017 at 10:35am
    My group landed in Havana, Cuba after our subsequent red eyes to Atlanta, Georgia, groggy and ecstatic and generally overwhelmed by what we were getting ourselves into. Despite a history class and a few orientation meetings, any logistical details and narratives on what it is actually like to live in Cuba were delightfully vague. Rules […]
  • February 13, 2017 at 1:04pm
    On our first week here in Cuba I walked back with one of my group members to their house that I hadn’t seen yet since we’re all living separately and I met the owner of their house. An elderly man named Francisco. Much like most other Cubans I meet here, he thought I was Cuban […]
  • November 29, 2016 at 2:46pm
  • June 1, 2015 at 4:25pm
    Cuba es y debe ser libre Elliott Young On my last night in Havana, I walked along the Malecón after a gluttonous meal at La Guarida, a rich paladar, and the set for the film Fresa y Chocolate, nestled in the poverty of Centro Habana. The Detrás del Muro project dots the seaside boardwalk with […]
  • June 1, 2015 at 4:01pm
    I turned twenty-two years old on May 22nd. Even in Cuba they call that a golden birthday. To celebrate the momentous event, our group decided to attend a U.S. Interests Section cocktail party at the Chief of Mission’s home in la Habana. To clarify, the United States does not have an embassy in Cuba. The […]


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