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WHIS 270 Latin America Before Columbus: Peoples and Histories

3 s.h.

This course will examine the prehistory and history of the indigenous people of the Americas before 1492. It will also sample the writings produced by indigenous people and Europeans during and after the Conquest. The emphasis will be on the great civilizations of Mesoamerica and the Andes though we will also look at societies in the Amazon and Northern South America. Major themes will include societal organization, sacred architecture, gender and family, religious rituals, technology, warfare, conquest, and science. Class sessions will include interesting visual material and student participation. Engaged reading will be a must. Offered Fall and Spring. (LA,OW3)

Prerequisite: SoS or 3 s.h. 100-level HIST course.

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