Seminars & Events

Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference

On March 29 at George Washington University, four Saint Mary's students will present their research at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The history department wishes them the best of luck.

Program Highlight

Historic St. Mary's City

The Colonial History Concentration takes advantage of our special relationship with Historic St. Mary's City, the first capital of Maryland and a colonial archeological site, research facility, and museum.


SMP Spotlight

Matt Anthony, "Pickin' Up the Pieces: Country-rock and the End of the Sixties," 2013.

“My St. Mary's Project offered a way for me to merge my love of popular music with my research interests. Working closely with my mentor, Dr. Chuck Holden, gave me an in-depth insight into the work of an historian. I had the opportunity to pursue research avenues that are not typically part of the undergraduate experience, including archival work at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives in Cleveland, Ohio, and conducting oral histories with several performers from the 1960s and 1970s. Even after a year of thorough research and writing, my SMP left me feeling that I have only scratched the surface of a very rich topic which I hope will be the basis of further study as I enter graduate school."




Andean Study Tour to Peru, Summer 2013 (May 11th to May 31st)

Peru 2007

This study tour is intended to immerse students in Andean culture in a way that reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of Latin American Studies. Therefore, the itinerary and coursework introduce students to the Andean region through multiple disciplinary lenses, including art history, history, environmental studies, political science, anthropology, archaeology and literature.  The general itinerary explores a variety of locations from the ancient cities of the Inca, to the city of Cusco, to contemporary villages in Chincero and Pisac.  Considered as a whole, the study tour provides students with an overview of Andean culture in relation to both natural and built environments, as well as meaningful interacion with the history and people of the Andes from its ancient roots through the Colonial period and into the present.

The class will meet a few times during the Spring semester, and then we will tour different sites in Peru for twenty one (21) days.  Among the activities and tours for Summer 2013 are:

  • City tour of Cusco
  • Tour of Inca Ruins above Cusco (Cuatro Ruinas)
  • Sacred Valley Tour:  Pisac, Saltpans of Maras, Moray and Chinchero
  • Expedition to Machu Picchu, 2 days
  • Two-hour class Introductory Quechua
  • Weaving demonstration in Chinchero, by local women from Asociación Loraypo
  • City tour of Lima

We will be based in Cusco, from where we will take tours into the surrounding areas.  Students will stay in Peruvian homes with local families, except for when we visit Machu Picchu, where students will stay in a hotel.

All our local arrangements are provided by Centro Tinku, an educational and cultural institution dedicated to organizing academic programs in South America. For more information, visit their website.

For more information, check out our brochure for the trip.  Registration deadline is February 2nd, 2013.  See Office of International Education Website for application forms!