Required Texts

Daniel K. Richter, Facing East from Indian Country: A Native History of Early America. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001. ISBN: 978-0-674-01117-5

Stuart B. Schwartz, Victors and Vanquished: Spanish and Nahua Views of the Conquest of Mexico. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2000. ISBN: 978-0-312-39355-7

Titu Cusi Yupanqui, History of How the Spaniards Arrived in Peru, dual-language edition, trans. Catherine Julien (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 2006). ISBN: 978-0-87220-828-5


Any student with a disability or other extenuating circumstances should see the instructor as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of any accommodations provided through CASA, including written documentation.

Course Websites

Please be sure to check the course website and Blackboard for updates to the syllabus, assignment details, and other information about the course.


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Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

The academic community is built upon the free, open, and honest exchange of ideas and opinions. In order to achieve such an environment, students need to be confident that their peers are holding themselves to the same high standards. Cheating undermines the reputation of a university’s degrees and violates the trust of all members of our intellectual community. Accordingly, no form of cheating will be tolerated in this course. All students are expected to conform to the university’s code of conduct at all times. Any student found cheating will be referred to the Dean of Students according to university policy. Cheating on any assignment will result in an automatic failure of the assignment and other possible repercussions.

Plagiarism is defined as the act of using the ideas or work of another person or persons as if they were one’s own without giving proper credit to the source. You must acknowledge the original author or source of all quotations and ideas through quotation marks, footnotes, etc. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to the following:

  • the submission of a work, either in part or in whole completed by another;
  • failure to give credit for ideas, statements, facts or conclusions which rightfully belong to another;
  • failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, a sentence, or even a part thereof;
  • close and lengthy paraphrasing of another’s writing, without credit or originality;
  • use of another’s project or programs or part thereof without giving credit.

Submission of a work completed for another class either in a previous or concurrent term is academic dishonesty. In short, plagiarism is not allowed under any circumstances. If you have any questions about whether something might be considered plagiarism, please ask.


Federal regulations require that students engage in two hours of work outside of the classroom for each credit hour. For courses at Framingham State, which are four credits, that means that students are expected to work for approximately eight hours per week outside of class.