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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

  • May 9, 2017 at 10:06am
    From the moment I boarded the airplane from Havana to Atlanta and I noticed the stark differences between that plane and the last one we took back from Santiago I knew that readjusting to life back in the states wasn’t going to be easy. I nearly lost my mind when I took a bite of […]
  • April 21, 2017 at 1:05pm
    Just came back from a 6 day trip to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa all the way on the other end of the island. The weather wasn’t great but the food, the people and the increased Cubanidad really made up for it. I didn’t realize how when living in Havana you can almost sometimes forget […]
  • April 21, 2017 at 1:02pm
    Upon arriving to Cuba, our group had made it clear to our professors that we wanted to better understand cuban culture. We wanted to learn the local dialect, the lifestyle and the struggles. We wanted to learn about politics, athletics, nationalism and socialism. We wanted to make friends, gain a new perspective on both who […]
  • April 21, 2017 at 1:01pm
    In the start of March, a fellow student and I began to take weekly walks throughout the city. We’ve explored abandoned ferry terminals, hotels and apartment buildings. Our favorites thus far have been an old housing complex in Playa (a neighborhood just west of the city) and an old loading dock in Havana Vieja. The […]
  • April 19, 2017 at 12:24pm
    I’ve had many wonderful adventures so far, and traveled to Santiago de Cuba, Matanzas and Viñales most recently, as well as taken up salsa lessons and made friends with gen-u-ine Cubans, which has been a great accomplishment in itself. Tomorrow we all depart for Trinidad Province just in time for Good Friday and Easter, both […]
  • April 19, 2017 at 12:08pm
    We now only have about three weeks left in Cuba. Something lately that has been most rewarding is having the confidence to reach out to people and talk to them. It has taken a long time to get to that point and at times has been easy to retreat into the comfort of the group […]
  • April 12, 2017 at 1:11pm
    Eating in Havana has been a challenging, fun, and confusing part of living in Cuba. During our time on the program we’ve found great food and not-so-great food. The hardest part of eating here has probably been the lack of variety that we’re used to in the United States; long menus with obscure ingredients and […]
  • April 12, 2017 at 1:07pm
    I woke up to the standard breakfast of eggs, fruit, bread, butter, jam, coffee, and a smoothie—a start to every day that I particularly love. The city was bathed in a fuzzy golden light as the sun rose to burn off some of the lingering fogginess. It’s been hot and humid the past few days […]
  • April 12, 2017 at 1:02pm
    We spent our “spring break” on the east side of the island, known as el Oriente to Cuban people. We woke up early last Thursday morning to catch an airplane from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. It was about a two hour journey, and would have been an 18 hour bus ride! After getting settled […]
  • 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 […]


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