Politics, Society and Culture in Cuba

Summer 2017
May 15 - 26, 2017 (tentative)


Program Highlights

  • Meet with Cuban University students
  • Attend Cuban cultural events, including a jazz club and possibly ballet 
  • Meet with Cuban academics on a range of topics from economic reforms on the island to US-Cuban relations
  • Visit an urban agricultural farm
  • Travel to Santa Clara to visit the Che Guevara Memorial
  • Meet representatives of Cuban political organizations, including the Federation of Cuban Women and a member of parliament
  • Tour of the city of Havana including its colonial sector
  • Visits to a school and medical clinic

Program Description

Study in Cuba provides a unique opportunity to learn about a nation's past and present, in large part because the past is present in Cuba. This island nation remains a mystery to many. Hostile relations between the governments of the United States and Cuba sharply limited contact between the two countries for over fifty years. While current U.S. law has somewhat relaxed restrictions on travel of U.S. citizens to Cuba, travelers must still qualify their trip as educational and/or a "cultural people-to-people exchange." This course is both, and provides legal travel to Cuba. It provides a focused immersion into the history, politics, economics and culture of Cuba, one of the world's few remaining socialist countries. Students read about the historic background of the area and then focus on contemporary political, socio-economic and cultural issues through meetings with resource people: professors, political and religious leaders and groups, artists and grass roots organizers. The course will be conducted in English but knowledge of Spanish will definitely enhance one's appreciation, but Spanish language ability is not required. 

Course Information

Course Name: Politics, Society and Culture in Cuba

Course Number: LLAS 280A (1 credit option) OR LLAS 280C (2 credit option)

Credit Number: 1 or 2 credits

Designation: Intercultural (for 2-credit course only)

Program Cost

The estimated Program Fee is $2,800 plus one or two academic credit(s) at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $573 per credit). The two credit option has received approval and will include extra academic work to earn the IC (Intercultural) Common Curriculum designation. Students must decide which version of the course they want to enroll in; no changes will be allowed once the program begins. 

This price includes:

  • All travel to and from Cuba (travel cost to Miami or Atlanta will depend on student's home location)
  • All lodging
  • Breakfasts and most midday meals
  • Program fees

The Program Fee does not include:

  • Most evening meals
  • Departure tax from Cuba (if applicable; none charged in 2016)
  • Personal expenses


Accommodations will be double occupancy at a modest tourist hotel in Central Havana.  Breakfast is provided.


The director of this program is Brother Dennis Beach. He is a professor in the Philosophy Department and has led programs to Spanish-speaking countries in the past.