Courses are interdisciplinary and combine classroom lectures with workshops and experiential learning. Prior to departing, students will take and online course designed to prepare them to better understand and interpret the complexities of the Cuban reality that they will experience. This course will use video, online discussion, and background readings, allowing students to engage fully when in-country. While in Cuba, courses will include site visits, interactions with Cuban experts in a variety of fields, and seminar discussions. Two four-day field trips are also scheduled to western and central Cuba. Participants will interact with Cubans from different walks of life, ranging from academia and the arts through politics, sustainable farming, and small business owners.
Please note, students may enroll in a maximum of 6 credits total for this program selecting from the options below (400-level course are for undergrad students, 500 level are for grad students).
- LAS 495G/595G Special Topics in Latin American History: History of Cuba (3 credits)- This international field class provides three hours of Latin American Studies credit in the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies.LAS 495G is the undergraduate version; LAS 595G is intended for graduate students. Both courses convene at the same time, with additional research expectations for graduate students.
- GEOG 455/555 Advanced Regional Study: The Political and Economic Geography of Cuba (3 or 6 credits)- This international field class provides three hours of geography credit in the University of Arizona’s School of Geography and Regional Development (can be repeated). GEOG 455 is the undergraduate version; GEOG 555 is intended for graduate students. Both courses convene at the same time, with additional research expectations for graduate students.
- LAS 462/562-A, B, or C (Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced) Special Topics in Contemporary Latin America: Language and Culture (3 credits)- The course is tailored to the student’s Spanish proficiency. Students will be assigned a level according to their language skills.
- Independent Study 399: Students can also sign up for independent study in LAS or GEOG
Faculty: Dr. Dereka Rushbrook teaches in the School of Geography and Development. Her teaching and research focus on Latin America, including Cuba. She first visited the island in 2008. Dr. Marcela Vásquez-León is an associate professor in the School of Anthropology and with a joint appointment in the Center for Latin American Studies. She has extensive experience teaching and conducting research about contemporary Latin America, including Cuba.