Cuba - Spring Break 2014

CubaThis program demystifies and challenges assumptions most Americans hold about the people of Cuba and their own worldview. Take advantage of this study abroad program to discover yourself, and experience firsthand the blend of cultures – African, European, and American – that make Cuba so unique.

Participation in this 10-day amazing experience requires enrollment in one or both of the following semester-long courses:

INTL 377 - United States: Fear and Loathing

This spring semester course integrates a 10-day Spring Break journey to Cuba allowing your studies to come alive as you visit the island and experience one of the few remaining Marxist–Socialist states in the world. The course will offer a background in Cuban history and politics, with a focus on the past 50 years under the Castro regime. Through readings and in-country experiences you will explore the dynamics of the relationship between the United States and Cuba.

The course will focus on the political history between the two nations, explore in depth U.S. foreign policy towards Cuba and examine the current state of Cuba. Students interested in the Cuba Study Abroad Program will enroll in the semester-long course affiliated with the 10-day study abroad program. Spanish language ability is not required.

Dr. David Richards,
Dr. Nikki Sanders,


SPAN 377 - Connecting with Cuban Culture

Spring 2014 is your chance to experience Cuban culture through news reports, film, music, literature, and real life communication with citizens of Cuba!  This semester-long course will be taught in English while on campus, and students will get the opportunity to engage in Spanish language activities and cultural exchange with the local Cuban people during the integrated 10-day visit to Cuba over Spring Break. 

Exploring of Cuban culture will occur from a comparative perspective with the objective of developing balanced perspectives about one’s worldview and the host context.  More specifically, the course will focus on the cultural expression of social issues affecting the Cuban people from the 1960’s to present through exploring a wide variety of viewpoints on political and social issues in Cuba. (Prerequisite: SPAN 101)

Contact: Dr. Eunice Rojas,