History of Mexico

Course Number: HST 270
Transcript Title: History of Mexico
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 22, 2016
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

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 HST 270 the student will be able to:

  1. Use critical thinking to analyze historical information and connect the past with the present.
  2. Identify culturally-grounded practices, values and beliefs and explain how they influenced people’s actions in the past and the extent of their impact today.
  3. Articulate an understanding of the actions of indigenous people, Europeans and Africans in the course of Mexican history.
  4. Communicate effectively in analytical, fact based discussions regarding issues in the history of Mexico.
  5. 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

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. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)
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

  • Analyze primary and secondary sources of information.
  • Individual or team oral presentations.
  • Use of written papers to analyze historical topics or issues.
  • Participation in, and contribution to, all class and team discussions and activities.
  • Quizzes, exams, and exercises
  • Evaluate different interpretations of the same event
  • Associate past events to contemporary times.

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