Online Class: Pre-Columbian Mythology

This comprehensive Pre-Columbian mythology course studies this fascinating history and mythology and how it shaped an entire world.

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Course Description

These were civilizations like no other--and there has been nothing like them since. Creating horrifying methods of human sacrifice, public sports from which modern soccer, football, and basketball eventually developed, and some of history's greatest monuments, these civilizations will never be forgotten. The Inca--rulers of the Andes; the Mayans--geniuses of Central America, and the Aztecs--brutal tyrants of Mexico. These are societies that blew the minds of those who first discovered them, then shriveled away under the stress of disease and opportunistic foreign empires.

Take a journey with us into the time before Columbus discovered the Americas, when mystical and magnificent kingdoms worshipped gods unlike those thought up by any other civilization. Learn about the bizarre rituals, strange deities, and sometimes shocking uses of religion this trio of civilizations employed to gain control over their continents. These are some of the best untold stories in human history--what happens when a portion of humanity splits off to form itself, moves a world away, and develops for thousands of years. Excitement, mysteries, and gut-wrenching realities abound.

This course is perfect for those looking to learn more about the ancient culture of Latin America before travel, for determining your interest or brushing up on archaeology, for the adventurous, and the studious. This is a world unlike anything you've ever known, cutting through the shroud of mystery to give you the facts about one of most important eras in human history. The role of Pre-Columbian mythology shaped an entire world, and learning about it may reshape yours!

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.7 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(271 votes)

Lesson 1: Prehistoric America

South and Central America, before the arrival of Columbus, was a vibrant, well-populated area with some of the world's most advanced and culturally important civilizations in the history of mankind. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: The Incans

Before the Inca, there were several significant cultures in the Andean region. One of the best known is the Tiahuanaco civilization, centered around a city of the same name. Additional lesson topics: Incan Emperor Pachacuti 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete Assignment: The Incans
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: The Aztecs

The Aztec Empire is perhaps the most well known of the empires conquered by the Europeans in the 16th century. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete Assignment: The Aztecs
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: The Mayans

The number of Mayans was much smaller than the populations of the Inca or Aztec empires, however the Mayan empire was the most enduring of each of the civilizations that survived until the European invasions. Additional lesson topics: The Ball Game 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Other Beliefs and Rites

The people of the Amazon, who lived beyond the reaches of the Incas to the west, and the Mayans to the north, had their own mythologies. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Pre-Columbian Religions
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: What We See Now

When it comes to the people themselves, large populations of Mayans and Quechua (those originally dominated by the Inca), still exist, though the Incan and true Aztec bloodlines have very much been diluted by the sands of time. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Cultures and landscape today
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: The Arrival of the Europeans

The South American powers did not throw up the white flag in fear, but were devastated by lies and disease -- a scene of carnage perhaps not even the most violent of priests could have ever envisioned. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete Assignment: The Europeans arrive
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Ancient Mythology in Latin American Today

The integration of myth into one,s daily life, and seeing parts of the world as something more than they are, is central to the region's history. 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize prehistoric America.
  • Summarize the history of The Incans.
  • Summarize the history of the Aztecs and Mayans.
  • Summarize the arrival of the Europeans and the resulting consequences.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Pre-Columbian Mythology
Course Number: 8900186
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (271 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: May 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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