Peru, South America


Machu Picchu, Peru - An SCCC Study Abroad DestinationPeru, South America
Experience the wonders of the Andes in this in-depth program spanning Peru's multi-layered pre-Inca, Inca and Spanish colonial past. Travel through Peru's uniquely different regions while enjoying tours of important Inca sites like Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. Marvel at the flight of Andean condors at the rim of Colca Canyon and enjoy the hospitality of indigenous people on the island of Amantani, situated over 12,000 feet above sea level on Lake Titicaca. Visit the Spanish colonial cities of Lima and Arequipa as we follow the path of the Conquistadors through the crown jewel of their New World Empire.

Travel Dates
This program to be offered next in 2020.

3 Credits
HIS 110 - Colonial Latin America

Note: Fulfills SUNY General Education Requirement for Social Science and Western Civilization.

Students in this program have the opportunity to study the history of Colonial Latin America while following the path of the Conquistadors through southern Peru, the richest colony in Spain’s New World Empire. Students will gain first-hand experience exploring Peru’s multi-layered pre-Inca, Inca, and Spanish colonial past through lectures and organized field work.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the significance of the political, social, and military interactions between Iberian explorers and conquerors and the indigenous peoples of the Andes in the 15th and 16th centuries.
  • Identify how European colonists settled Latin America in the 16th century and explain the role played by imperial and religious institutions in the colonization effort.
  • Describe the structure of European colonial societies in Latin America, including the role of women, indigenous peoples, and Afro-Latinos in these societies.
  • Explain the mercantile significance of the Latin American colonies in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires and identity how European conflicts affected political and economic life in the colonies.
  • Identify how the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century led to the rise of independence movements in colonial Latin America and explain the consequences of independence for ethnic European and indigenous populations
  • Practice writing, thinking and comprehension skills by keeping a daily journal with structured, assigned essays.

Pre-departure requirements include the completion of three assigned books and a reading packet.

Participants will travel across Peru while completing graded academic coursework. Lectures and discussions will take place in-between site visits.

Program Leader
Dr. George H. Monahan

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