Origins and development of the major civilizations of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize from the earliest times to the Spanish conquest. Emphasis upon the Olmecs, Mayas, Toltecs, and Aztecs. Examination of social and political organization, economic systems, ecological adaptations, major artistic achievements, and writing systems.
Student entering 2012 and after: satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Social Science distribution requirement.
(Fall; offered in alternating years.)