HIS 221 Mayas and Aztecs: An Introduction to the History of Ancient Mesoamerica (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the pre-Columbian peoples and cultures of Mexico and Central America, from the time of the first settlement of the Americas to the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the sixteenth century. It uses the perspectives of history and anthropology to enable students to make sense of the rich religious and architectural traditions, sophisticated calendrical and writing systems, and elaborate social and political systems that developed in this region over several millennia.