Course Name: Baseball as Religion
Professor: Dr. J. Price
Lib Ed.: Culture 3 Latin America
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $3500 (estimated, does not include airfare to Florida)
All majors are welcome to apply!
Cubans are passionate about baseball, often using it as a source for hope and as a means for escaping the trials and tribulations of daily life. In this course students will learn to apply criteria of religious studies to Cuban baseball culture by attending games of the Cuban National League, by examining youth baseball in Havana and surrounding cities, and by studying the lives of historic and current Major League players from Cuba. Students will also explore traditional religious sites, oterh cultural centers, and natural areas (including beaches).
The course examines the role of baseball and religion in the history and culture of the Caribbean region, and it analyzes the significance of baseball in terms of the religious studies theory articulated by Ninian Smart, Worldviews: Crosscultural Explorations of Human Beliefs. In this travel study course, students focus on how baseball functions as a civil religion in the featured nation, and they will conduct field research at ballparks during the winter league season.
This video is about the students on the last “Baseball as Caribbean Religion” class in Puerto Rico:
Video: Whittier students on the last trip.