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Environmental Studies 485, The Role of the Environment in the Collapse of Human Societies: The Ancient Mayan Civilization

Summer 2013 in Belize
Instructor: Lisa Collins
Dates: May 18 - June 6, 2014 (May 25-June 6 in Belize)

As the human population nears 7 billion, environmental degradation has become a widespread problem.  At the same time, anthropogenic global warming is expected to result in major climate and environmental change across the Earth.  What effect will these changes have on human societies?  Will they adapt to these changes or collapse?  One way to address these questions is to study the effect of environmental change on past human societies; this course will do that through problem-based learning that focuses on the collapse of the ancient Maya civilization, which is often thought to have been due to such degradation and change in climate.

Program Costs:

Tuition: $6114

Travel and lodging expenses: $3250

Total: $9364

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis through March 14, 2014.  For further information on this course, contact Professor Lisa Collins at 213.740.0124 or send an email to