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Overseas and Off-Campus Programs

Cuba Havana

Semester: Spring
Offered: Every other academic year (odd years)
Program Focus: Country Study


HIST 348: Modern Cuba
SPAN 301 with a “B” average or better in language study                                       

Spring 2015
Program Leader:

Elliott Young
Associate Professor of History
Ext. 7454

Campus Contact:

Freddy Vilches
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Ext. 7431

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 will live in dorms or residences near the ISA.

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.

Relationship to On-Campus Curriculum:

Recommended Courses:

HIST 141: Colonial Latin American History
HIST 142: Modern Latin America
HIST 345: Race & Nation in Latin America
SOAN 266: Latin America Cultural Perspective
SOAN 291: Caribbean Cultures
SOAN 377: Postcolonial Identity in Latin America                                                                   
HISP 440: Topics I Hispanic Literature


Cuba, Havana

  • General Information

    Passport Details:
    You will be required to email a high-resolution, color scan of your passport to the Overseas Office within 30 days of being accepted into a program. We recommend that you apply for a passport as early as possible. For more info, visit our Passport Resources page.

    Visa fees and requirements: A visa is required for this program.  You will be notified when it is time to apply and our office has received all of the necessary supporting documents. 

    Please make an appointment with Student Health Service to get an updated list of immunizations that are recommended or mandatory for this program. You may also be required to submit various test results (HIV, chest x-rays, etc.) as a part of your visa application.

    Students will be required to show proof of health insurance with coverage for international travel, as per the Affordable Care Act. Lewis & Clark College will provide supplemental travel insurance coverage through iNext.

    Fees To Plan For:
    Fees for the following items are not included in the comprehensive program fee:
    Passport fees
    Required photographs
    Visa fees
    Immunizations and health exams
    Transportation to city of departure
    Post-program travel


Blog Feed: Cuba

  • May 10, 2015 at 2:44pm
    I was waiting to publish this blog post until the SAGA was over, and I received a diagnosis, but I think my 6 trips to La Clínica warrant a blog post. Basically, I’ve been really sick for a really really long time, and I have several symptoms of a Parasite. About five weeks ago the […]
  • May 10, 2015 at 2:43pm
    Yesterday, May 9th, around 2000 people marched in Cuba’s Conga Contra La Homophobia y Transphobia. It was almost similar to a United State’s gay pride parade, except that it was a government sanctioned demonstration lead by the president’s daughter, Mariela Castro. It was small and short, lasting about 20 minutes. It was missing the conservative […]
  • May 9, 2015 at 1:27pm
    I have danced more in Cuba than I have danced in any other time of my life, and some of the best nights I have had in Havana have been on dance floors. Nothing beats walking into a club on a night between Thursday and Sunday, ordering something to drink for $2 or $3 and […]
  • May 2, 2015 at 4:08pm
    Stormy weather. The power goes out as the streets begin to fill and then flow like mountain rivers through this concrete jungle. Sparks sputter from chandeliers and appliances as the grid surges. Blades of lightening streak down towards Soviet-era architecture slicing the grey sky into pieces. Explosive thunder erupts over the roof like good friends’ […]
  • May 1, 2015 at 12:35pm
    Forget your American city’s average black-and-yellow taxis: Cuba has taxi system that would even give Uber a run for its money. But instead of a Toyota Prius’, nearly all Cuban communal taxis are vintage American cars that were imported before the revolution (more on this here). Cuban communal taxis run on pre-established lines with flat-fees. […]
  • May 1, 2015 at 12:27pm
    In 2012, for the first time since the Revolution in 1959, the Cuban government legalized the purchasing of personal automobiles and established automobile dealerships. Suddenly, American news sources are becoming more and more interested in Cuban automobile ownership and use.  The first car arrived to Cuba in 1899, coinciding with the end of Spanish rule. […]
  • April 29, 2015 at 12:49pm
    The entire surface area of my skin is damp with sweat, collecting on my upper lip and lethargically dripping down from the nape of my neck. In a singular motion I wipe it away with the back of my hand and return my attention to the wooden drawer filled with index cards before me. I’ve […]
  • April 27, 2015 at 3:17pm
    BLOG POST 8: LAWRENCE KIRK FASHION FEVER   The Teatro Mellia is an incredible theater resting on Linea and B one of the main streets running through the neighborhood of Vedado in Habana. I was lucky enough to receive an invitation from a dear friend who is a designer at the national art institute El […]
  • April 27, 2015 at 3:15pm
    Lawrence Kirk BLOG POST 7:   LIFE IN MUSIC     Last night I was fortunate enough to happen upon an event that only cost the U.S. equivalent of 30 cents. This “event” concert was of the best quality I have ever witnessed in my entire experience as a frequent concertgoer. The venue was intimate […]
  • April 27, 2015 at 3:14pm
    BLOG POST 6: LARRY   TRAVELING CUBA:   Traveling inter provincially in Cuba is not as hectic a process as one might think if that person has a solid source of dinero. We have been moved around the country by vans, busses, airplanes, jeeps, and open-air trucks. It always seems that for a group such […]

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