School of high studies in historical and antropological sciences - posgraduated unit, campus Taninul, San Luis Potosí, México.


The School offers three different Postgraduate Programs, which could be coursed in two different ways. The ordinary program foresees, in case of the Master Degrees, a time span of two years to cover the required credits; and the Specialization Program credits should be covered in two semesters, to be completed at School's Campus in the City of San Luis Potosí, S.L.P. México. 

The alternative program offers the possibility of covering the required academicals credits towards the Specialization or the Master Degrees enlisted below, fulfilling the academic program at the School's facilities in the Huaxtec Zone, at the Postgraduate Unit during summer vacations. Seminars and lectures are given in intensive sessions in combination with workshops, reports, independent studies and those integrated to specific projects in research process, as well as field trips to appropriate sites. Supervision and tutoring continues after finishing the summer session to enable the students to fulfill the academicals requirements to obtain the postgraduate degree. Journals and reports must be submitted in the following five months, and tutoring will be provided through e-mail.

Each participant, taking the diverse courses only for credit, usually will also prepare a Journal (to be submitted in the following three months following the end of the last session taken).

The second option takes the same time span than the ordinary alternative and was specially designed for foreign or native students, who lock the possibility to attend regularly an academical program.

Students, who do not wish to course a whole program, have the opportunity to take some sessions, obtaining a diploma of participation.



*Historiographical analysis and conceptual problems in the study of the Huaxtecapan.

*Natural History of the Huaxtec.

*Historical evolution of the religious systems in the Huaxtec I and II


*Origin and historical development of the indigenous languages of the Huaxtec I and II

*Ethnic groups and their historical testimonies in the Huaxtec I and II

*Primitive colonization and ideological penetration in the Huaxtec: XV and XVI century.

*Settlement patterns and urban configuration in the prehispanic Huaxtec.



*Cultural Materialism I and II

*Shamanism and Archaic Ritual I and II

*Seminary: Analysis of the cultural development of the Huichol people I and II

*Seminary: Studies upon the Antique Culture of the Huaxtec I and II


*Anthropology, Culture and Society I and II

*Art and Anthropology I and II

*Seminary: Studies on Plants, Shamanism and Altered Stages of Consciousness I and I

*Seminary: Anthropological Research in San Luis Potosí, S.L.P.



*Man and artistic creation I and II

*Art and Anthropology I y II

*Methods and Techniques in Iconographical Investigation.

*Seminary: Research on Art and Visual Communication I and II

*Seminary: Studies upon Art and Urban Spaces I and II.

*Prehispanic Art of America.


*Art and Science.

*Art and Culture I y II.

*Seminary: Analysis upon Archeological, Historical and Artistical Monuments I and II

*Seminary: Analysis of the preservation of the historical Centers in Mexico I and II.


The cost for the 9 week session (Specialization or Master Degree is U.S. $ 3,500.

The cost of participation in the 3 weeks session, taking only specific seminars is U.S. $ 1,500.

Note: All fees are payable only in U.S. dollars.

In each case, the cost includes the non-refundable $ 50.00 application fee, program and administrative fees, tuition for appropiate semester credit hours per session, curriculum and field work activities, transportation to field sites, 3 meals per day with basic accommodations, as described, and a Certificate of Completion or a Diploma upon demonstrating the expected level of proficiency. In case the student wish to get a Degree recognized by the Mexican government, convalidation of previous studies must be done, in order to satisfy the requirements established by the Ministry of Public Education.

This will be the most direct way the government of your country could establish the equivalence of the postgraduate studies. The necessary academicals and bureaucratic arrangements cost US $300.

The cost does not include: airfare or travel to the assembly point in Mexico, passports, airport departure tax, medical or accident insurance, medical treatment or emergency evacuation expenses, and personal items.

All the above are the sole responsibility of each participant.

In addition to the expenses mentioned above, individual costs may somewhat vary according to personal needs and interests. The cost of snacks, drinks, entertainment, sundries, laundry items and excursions on free time ought to be anticipated. You are welcome to travel on some weekends, but these expenses are yours. However, all scheduled field trips, training, lectures, etc. are covered by the cost of the program.

The application, with the appropriate fee, payable to FUNDACIÓN EDUARD SELER PARA LA INVESTIGACIÓN ARQUEOLÓGICA Y ETNOHISTÓRICA A.C. should be submitted as soon as possible. Upon notification of acceptance, the first payment, representing one-half (50%) of the total amount, is due immediately. 

The balance must be received in full not later than June 2 (for the summer session)

Expedition & field school conditions.

The academic programs as they are conceived, involve both theoretical aspects as well as their confrontation and application to the given circumstances in the Huaxtec zone. Therefore, the programs include field research one of their principal goals, which justifies the existence of the Postgraduate Unit in this anthropologically and archeologically rich region.

It is vital that the field school members observe and respect the customs of the host country. It is also necessary to know some Spanish and English in order to attend the lectures as well as been capable to communicate properly with the native people. Field research inevitably involves unforeseen situations and changes in plans. Flexibility and cooperation are essential. During the internship, each and very member is under the supervision of the Program Director, and must expect to share in both general School and fieldwork responsibilities. It is important that the applicants evaluate realistically their own abilities to meet the physical and emotional requirements of such programs.

About the Institution.

The School of High Studies in Historical and Anthropological Sciences, sponsored by the Eduard Seler Foundation for Archeological and Ethnohistorical Research, is the only private Institution that dedicated all its educational efforts exclusively to Archeological, Anthropological and Historical aspects of America.

The School was established in 1995 and granted full recognition by the Ministry of Public Education of The Mexican Federal Government for its programs:

-Bachelor in Historical Sciences. Authorization Number 972074

-Bachelor in Anthropological Sciences. Authorization Number 972073

-Master in History of Urban Art: Authorization Number 972075

-Master in Cultural Anthropology: Authorization Number 974158

-Specialization in Antique History of the Huaxtec: Authorization Number 983517

The School has been recognized also by the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) due to the scientific research focused on the Ethnobiology, Prehistory, Ethnohistory and the Ethnographic present of the Huastec zone in particular and Mexico in general.

The School emphasizes educational and experience programs relating to all aspects of ancient and indigenous cults and ritual life, including Shamanism and the resulting visionary experiences expressed in art, promoting also studies on medicinal plants of ethno pharmacological value and their consumption in a curing or ritual context.

Ethnohistorical research is focused on the analysis of Prehispanic and Postcolumbial Codex’s related to the Huaxtec culture in order to establish the real significance of this culture in the Mesoamerican context, as well as the relevant historical aspects of this region during the XV and XVI Centuries.

In addition, the School encourages architectural, anthropological and historical investigations in order to preserve the intangible an intangible, cultural patrimony of the Huaxtec Zone, along with the investigations on wildlife and tropical resource management and Ecology.

Academic Credit.

Students who enroll in the Specialization or in one of the Master Degrees will have no further trouble in their homelands once they get the Degree, since the Academic Programs are officially recognized by the Mexican government the administrative requirement of the convalidation process at their own Ministry of Education.

Academic credit of the lectures and seminars taken are granted since they conform part of the postgraduate degrees recognized by the Mexican government. Those who seek to earn academic credit should check the specific program offering. The students are responsible for making the necessary arrangements for credit transfer with their parent institution.

To avoid administrative dilemmas at your institution, contact the dean or advisor explaining the program. We shall be glad to furnish additional information. At the conclusion of the sessions, your participation and the successful completion of work will be confirmed in writing.

Those who participate on a non-institutional basis, receive a Diploma of participation at the end of the summer session.

Qualifications and Conditions.

Bachelor in arts on any area related to Social Sciences and Humanities as well as Architects, Doctors, etc., In case the students wants to apply for a degree. Background in cultural studies (e.g. Anthropology, Ethnobotany, Comparative religions, etc.) Or health sciences (e.g. Psychology, alternative or ethnomedicine, etc.) for those who seek to earn academic credit toward their master degree in their country of origin.

Students on advanced Bachelor level who want to course some lectures or seminars enlisted in specific program offering, with possibility of approval of credits at their parent institution.

Individuals interested in this kind of themes, who already have a wide knowledge an Anthropology and Art, who wishes to undertake the specific academic offer this School provide.

Financial Aid.

Students are eligible for financial support as provided through their university’s financial aid programs. The School of High Studies in Historical and Anthropological Sciences offers a limited number of financial awards that in no case can exceed 50% of the cost a program.

About the Huastec.

The Huastec is a splendid tropical region, which covers about 30 000 square kilometers, containing an array of nature’s gifts: rivers with emerald-blue cascades, caves who are a paradise for speleologists (Sótano de las Golondrinas) where the tenek indians believe lays the source of life, exuberant flora and fauna, together with cultural diversity and archeological sites. The Sierra de Tanchipa was declared as a natural reserve to enhanced the preservation of wildlife, conforming this area into the ideal destiny for ecoturism.

In prehispanic times, the antique huaxtecs developed a kind of hieroglyphic scripture related to one know by the mayas. The deep knowledge of the astronomic phenomena led them to the configuration of a complex system of designs in archeological sites, as in "El Consuelo" or "Tantoc", and a zodiacal system, unique in Mesoamerica, condensed in their artistic expression.

Head of Department.
Department of Foreign Studies.
Arista 920 Col. Tequisquiapan
San Luis Potosí, S.L.P. México
Phone (4) 8 13 44 74 & 8 11 72 48



Arista # 920
Col: Tequisquiapan.
S.L.P, S.L.P
Tel: 8-13-44-74