The Minor in Cuban Studies at the University of Miami embraces an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Cuba’s past, present, and future. Courses in the program are offered in departments across the College of Arts & Sciences as well as several other colleges and schools. From experts on Cuban history, contemporary politics, and foreign relations, to specialists in Cuban literature, visual art, music, and religious traditions, the program’s affiliate faculty study Cuba in all time periods and through a variety of lenses and perspectives. Students of the program have the rare opportunity to develop country-specific expertise at a university with the largest archival collection of Cuban materials outside of the island (the Cuban Heritage Collection), a significant Cuban American student population, and in the heart of Cuba’s diaspora. A core premise of the program, in fact, is that Cuba’s diasporas and exile communities—in the United States, around the world, and within Cuba itself—are inextricable parts of Cuban culture, Cuban history, and the Cuban nation. At the same time, the program stresses the importance of understanding Cuba in comparative perspective, both in its relations with the wider world and as an integral part of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Course
Introduction to Cuban Studies
Cuba and the Cuban Diaspora6
Choose 6 credits from the following
Cuban Art, Art History, and the Creation of the Modern Cuban Subject
Cuba Culture, History, and Society
Special Topics in Cuban Studies
Africa in Cuba/Cuba in Africa: Slave Trade to Cuban Internationalist Missions in Africa.
History of Cuba
Introduction to Cuban Music
Cuba Through Literary and Cultural Studies in Translation
Cuba through Literary and Cultural Studies
Other special topics or similar courses that have Cuba or the Cuban diaspora as their primary focus in a particular semester can also count toward this requirement with approval of the program director.
Interdisciplinary Courses6
Choose 6 credits from the following
Introduction to Africana Studies
Black Miami Studies
History and Culture of South Florida
Caribbean Archaeology
Caribbean Cultures
National Cinemas
Contemporary American Migrations
Literature of the Americas
Caribbean Literature
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
Aztec Princesses, Spanish Conquistadors, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Latin America to 1810
History of Modern Latin America (1800-present)
History of the Cold War in the Americas.
Atlantic Crossings: Slavery in Latin America
History of the Caribbean, I
Modern Caribbean History
Social History of Latin America
Caribbean Intellectual History
Modern Latin America Through Film
HIS 303 Latinx History (NEW COURSE)
Global History of Communism
Studies in Colonial Latin American History
Studies in Modern Latin American History
Latinos and the Media
Latin American Journalism and Media Systems
Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Interdisciplinary Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Environment
Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Religions
Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Economics
Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Art and Culture
Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Politics
Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Media and Communications
Music of Latin America
Caribbean Religion
Spiritual Healing in the Americas from Controversy to Cure
U.S.-Latin American Relations
Politics and Society in Latin America
Latino Politics
Contemporary Latin American Societies
U.S. Latinos
U.S. Immigration
Race and Ethnic Relations
The Caribbean through Literary Studies
Caribbean Cultural Studies
Students can petition the program director to have special topics or other courses not listed here count toward the “Cuba-in-context” requirement.
Optional Internship
Students can substitute 1 “Cuba-in-context” course from the section above for a semester-long internship. Internships ordinarily take place at the Cuban Heritage Collection or—with approval of the program director—outside the university in cultural, business, or not-for-profit organizations and institutions relevant to the program’s focus. Pre-requisite: CUB 201 and one additional Cuba-specific course from the list above.
Cuban Studies Internship
Total Credit Hours12