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Peru: Technology & Culture or Modern Culture Studies

Immerse yourself in Peruvian culture through hands-on interaction with its food, art, history, and local populations. Students on this program will compare and contrast the cultural changes of pre-Incan to contemporary Peru and to contemporary America, with special focus on the influence of technology. Program participants will gain intercultural awareness and an appreciation of linguistic, racial, and cultural diversity.

Course Description

Students will enroll in only one of the following courses:

IMM 300-level: Culture and Technology will examine Peru’s history, politics, art, religion, social movements, and more through the lens of concurrent technology. Students will visit historical sites ranging from pre-Incan to Incan to colonial, and consider how the technology of the time embodied the practical and spiritual values of the people. Through visits to local businesses, discussions with local entrepreneurs, and lectures from local university faculty, students will gain insight into current uses of and attitudes toward technology unique to modern-day Peru. Students will use a shared blog to reflect on their own American attitudes towards technology and the role of technology in the historical narratives of the U.S.

SPA 171: Contemporary Peru is a course that studies both the ancient roots of the Peruvian culture and the modern day multicultural nation. We will study Incan philosophy, religion, art, and architecture, as well as the modern-day indigenous struggle for dignity in 21st century Peru. Being in Peru and engaging in cultural, historical, and archeological visits will allow the topic to come alive for students and sharpen their racial, global, and intercultural awareness.

Program Information

Course: IMM 300-level: Culture and Technology (official course code TBD) or SPA 171: Contemporary Peru

Liberal Learning: IMM 300-level: Behavioral, Social, or Cultural Perspectives. SPA 171: Literary, Visual, & Performing Arts; Race & Ethnicity; and Global.

Dates: TBD, Winter 2019

Program Directors: Dr. Ann Warner-Ault, Professor of Spanish and Dr. Christopher Ault, Professor of Interactive Multimedia

Eligibility: IMM 300-level: IMM 280 for IMM majors/minors. SPA 171: No prerequisites, no language requirements, or GPA restrictions. Open to all students (including current first-year students).

Program Fee: TBD. In the meanwhile, explore scholarship opportunities.


  • Explore ancient Incan ruins, including the iconic Machu Picchu
  • Visit traditional Inca house, market, and llama farm
  • Iglesia de San Francisco and its catacombs, as well as other historic churches and convents
  • Engage with the Innovation Lab at the University of the Pacific and Innova School’s “design-thinking” curriculum
  • Dine in Lima, the “gastronomical capital” of the Americas
  • Chocolate making lesson at the Choco Museum
  • Tour several art museums
  • Experience the Center for Traditional Textiles, a textile factory, and weaving demonstrations
  • Lake Titicaca and the Uros floating islands


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Dr. Ann Warner-Ault at or Dr. Christopher Ault at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.