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Minority Languages and Cultures Project


Quechua is the language of the Inca Empire, currently spoken by more than 13 million people in the Andean republics of South America, an area extending from southern Colombia to northern Argentina and Chile (and including Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador). Learning Quechua opens a gateway into the many wonders of indigenous cultures in the Andes.

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is now able to offer a two-semester sequence in Quechua, meaning that Indiana University undergraduate and graduate students can select Quechua to partially fulfill their language requirement. In addition to introducing students to the language, our Quechua courses teach about the rich culture of the Andes.

The Quechua language and Quechua-speaking peoples are also the focus of intensive research by IU faculty and students, with an emphasis on language preservation, on genres of mythic narrative and ritual speech, on traditional healing, and on dialect studies within the Quechuan family of languages. Materials in preparation include studies on the traditional discourse of Inga elders, on the Quichua song repertoire of Otavalo Runa, and on language policy in the Arequipa region of Peru.

Course Offerings

  • LTAM-Q 101/501 Elementary Quechua I (4 cr undergrad/3 grad):
    GenEd World Languages Credit
    Offered every Fall. The object of this class is to introduce students to the language and culture of the Andes. Students should obtain a beginner's ability to speak Quechua as well as insights into the indigenous world and Andean patterns of thought.
  • LTAM-Q 102/502 Elementary Quechua II (4 cr undergrad/3 grad):
    GenEd World Languages Credit
    Offered every Spring. This course has a pre-requisite of Elementary Quechua I.