History of Mexico

Course Number: HST 270
Transcript Title: History of Mexico
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 6, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

Surveys Mexican history from pre-Columbian to modern times. Focus on post contact history: the Spanish conquest, colonial Mexico, independence and its aftermath to contemporary times. Emphasizes social, political and cultural developments and contributions by a diversity of Mexico’s peoples. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the actions of indigenous people, Europeans and Africans in the course of Mexican history.
  2. Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to analyze how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  3. Communicate effectively using historical analysis.
  4. Identify and investigate historical theses, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate reasoning to construct evidence-based arguments on historical issues.
  5. Connect the past with present day events to enhance contemporary understanding and encourage civic activities.
  6. Recognize the historical contributions of different groups (ethnic, national, gender, religious) that interacted in Mexico in order to appreciate the cultural diversity of the Mexican nation.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Tests, research papers, discussion, quizzes, homework, group projects, and other forms of assessment all may be used for this course at the instructor's discretion

Course Activities and Design

Lectures, discussion, group activities, service learning are some of the potential activities that instructors may use at their discretion in this course

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Exploration and conquest
  • Acculturation
  • Changing political and economic structures
  • Cultural development, literature, art
  • Conflict and cooperation
  • Religion and philosophy
  • Ways of Life


  • Criollo society
  • Independence
  • Religious pluralism
  • Self-understanding (world view)
  • Mi Patria


  • Role and status of the Catholic church
  • Ethnicity, gender and social class
  • Inter- and intra-ethnic controversies
  • Central vs. federal government systems
  • Political “plans”
  • Acculturation
  • Constitution making
  • Modernism

Competencies and Skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluate interpretations of historical events
  • Effective communication orally and in writing
  • Analyze the causal relationship between two or more historical events
  • Problem solving
  • Working collaboratively with others
  • Clearly articulate thoughts to a given audience
  • Close reading of primary and secondary sources by drawing on prior knowledge
Considering such factors as:
  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Institutions
  • Political and economic structures
  • Law
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions
  • Gender
  • Diversity