Study Abroad in Mexico!

Sam Students posing inside uxmal
Sam Students Posing at monte alban
Sam Students at Milta
Sam Students are palenque red queens tomb
Sam Students at oaxaca

Mesoamerican History in Mexico

Program Overview

This program examines the cultural history of Mesoamerica, a broad geographic area made up of a variety of peoples who share both similar and uniquely different cultural traditions. The program includes aspects of the social, political, economic, religious and ideological systems of the Maya, Zapotec, and Nahua peoples. You will also come to understand how the peoples of this region accomplished their remarkable achievements in architecture; calendrics, astronomy, art, the sciences and literature. The program explores continuity and change from the Pre-Columbian to the Spanish Colonial eras. Readings, in the form of both scholarly articles and monographs, reflect the interdisciplinary nature of Mesoamerican studies, including history, anthropology, and ethnography. Selected topics include, but are not limited to: imperialism and conquest; markets and trade; religion, race and nation; globalization; and gender.

This program of study will provide six (6) credit hours of SHSU History coursework. We shall visit more than a dozen pre-Hispanic sites of the Maya, Zapotec, and Aztec civilizations as we travel through Mexico, stopping along the way to visit Spanish colonial sites as well. We shall finish our travels in the megalopolis, Mexico City.  For centuries, Mesoamerica was home to a series of complex, organized, and sophisticated urban-based civilizations and empires. The Maya, Zapotec, and Aztecs, among multitudes of others, built some of the largest and most densely occupied cities in the world. Mexico and Guatemala are nations that facilitate the study of history and pre-history through visits to dramatic, ancient cities like Chichen ltza, Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Tikal, Antigua, and Palenque. Thus, studying Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica is as much about contemporary society's values and how knowledge is constructed in the disciplines of history, archeology, and anthropology as it is about the past. In other words, the present and the past cannot be separated.

Mexico is an enthralling place that encourages the first-hand study of history and pre-history through visiting dramatic, ancient cities like Chichen ltza, Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, and Palenque.


May 30 - June 21, 2018


  • HIST 3388:  Public History


  • HIST 3399:  Special Topics:  History of Mesoamerica                 


Must be a current SHSU student in good standing at the university.


Students are required to travel on a TBD group flight


Students will reside in hotel accommodations for duration of program.  Please note that certain states of Mexico are currently under US Dept. of State Travel Warning; however, all locations visited on this program are not subject to the Travel Warning.  Therefore, SHSU has approved student travel to Mexico for the purposes of participating on this program.


$2,900 (including a $300 non-refundable deposit) *Program Fee is tentative and subject to change until finalization

Includes: lodging, some meals, excursions, transportation on program
Not Included: Regular SHSU Tuition & Fees* (summer), $200 Study Abroad Service Fee, spending money, airfare, some meals

*Note: Faculty-led, out-of-country courses do not charge 3 fees: Rec Center, Student Center and Health Center=$275, as opposed to on-campus courses.


Applications accepted on rolling basis until program is filled.


Please see program application at the "Apply Here" link below for payment deadlines.


For more information visit the History Departments study abroad page

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Dr. Charles Heath

Dr. Jeff Littlejohn

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Please submit completed application to Study Abroad Coordinator via email or in person.

After your Application has been approved and the $300 deposit paid, please submit the additional post-acceptance documents to the Study Abroad Coordinator that are listed on the Faculty-Led study abroad homepage