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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
Associate 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.

Read about what Cuba Program Students have done!

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

  • 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 […]
  • May 31, 2015 at 9:25am
    All quieted in the city of Habana today when a tropical rainstorm hit the city for more than three hours booming and blasting over the entire landscape. Some of the students were lodged in the Presidente hotel our usual haunting ground for internet where apparently taxi cabs were literally bobbing up and down in the […]
  • May 30, 2015 at 9:07pm
    KCHO (Alexis Leiva Machado) is a contemporary Cuban artist whose work has been exhibited across the globe including in the United States (most notably in the MoMa). In the Havana neighborhood of Playa KCHO has constructed a huge studio where he invites other Cuban artists to collaborate with him in his workshop, exhibits Cuban works […]
  • May 29, 2015 at 4:43pm
    We were lucky enough to be in La Habana for the 12th annual Biennial, a multi-week, bi-annual celebration of art in Havana. My last full day in Cuba, I took a stroll by myself down the Malecon, from Vedado to Habana Vieja. As part of the Biennial, there was a series of temporarily installed “public […]
  • May 29, 2015 at 4:33pm
    Life in Cuba was at times very difficult logistically. Without wireless internet or data, and costly phone plans, coordinating or completing simple tasks is difficult. For various reasons, long lines and bureaucratic nightmares made trips to hospitals or banks long excursions. At first, I romanticized the crowded buses and yelling “Ultimo” to figure out who […]
  • May 29, 2015 at 9:25am
    Why do people travel? Is one reason more justified than another? Who is judging you when you are abroad? As I have been writing this research paper theorizing on these questions in the Cuban context, I have found it to be a struggle to place myself inside the research. In a number of ways the […]
  • May 29, 2015 at 9:24am
    As I reflect on my entire experience in Cuba, I find it incredibly difficult to choose one anecdote or one theme to elaborate on that could serve as an explanation of my time here. Unfortunately, readers, I don’t think it’s that easy. I don’t think I am able to sum it up in 300 words, […]


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