LSA Course Guide Search Results: UG, Fall 2022, Subject = LACS

Courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is a unit of the International Institute within the University of Michigan. LACS works with departments all across LSA, including Anthropology, History, and Romance Languages, to offer students a wide perspective on the peoples, cultures, literatures, and histories of the countries of Latin American and the Caribbean. A LACS degree tells people that you have received a well-rounded, academically sound, interdisciplinary training in broad aspects of the region's society and culture. Most LSA classes on the region and the many countries that comprise it, whether offered by anthropology, economics, history, political science, screen arts and cultures, Spanish, or other departments, count towards a LACS degree. LACS offers three undergraduate degree options: the LACS minor, the LACS major, and the LACS Honors Plan. Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese is an important requirement of the LACS major. The Center offers instruction in the Quechua language and sponsors an Intensive Summer Quechua Language Study in Cusco, Peru. In addition, the Center offers instruction in Nahuatl language via distance learning courses offered by our partners at Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas in Mexico.

Quechua Language Study at Michigan

LACS established a Quechua Language program in 1997 that offers one of the world's only full-year, three-level course in the most extensively spoken indigenous language in the Americas. Quechua, the language of the Inkas, is spoken today by millions of people in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. It has a written literature that goes back to the sixteenth century. Quechua is offered as a regular course during the academic year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and as an intensive summer course in Cusco, Peru.

Three levels are taught in year-long courses

  • Beginning Quechua (LACS 471/472)
  • Intermediate Quechua (LACS 473/474)
  • Advanced Quechua (LACS 475/476).

LACS 474 meets the language requirement

Summer Quechua Language Study in Cusco. The program is open to all college and university undergraduate and graduate students who wish to learn Southern Quechua. This unique program offers high quality intensive language instruction through the experienced faculty Centro Tinku and the unusual experience of living and learning in the ancient Inka capital of Cuzco. Classes will meet intensively for seven weeks. A series of lectures on Quechua culture and history and an extensive program of excursions and cultural events will supplement the courses. The Quechua courses are taught using the immersion method, so previous knowledge of Spanish is not required (though of course some familiarity with Spanish is useful for getting around Peru). Consult the program website for further information.

Nahuatl Language Study at Michigan

In collaboration with the Zacatecas Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology (IDIEZ) at Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas in Mexico, LACS offers a three-level program in Nahuatl, the official language of the Aztec Empire. During the Spanish Conquest, Nahuatl became a literary language used in chronicles, codices, and administrative documents. Varieties of Nahuatl is spoken today by approximately 1.5 million people in Central Mexico. Nahuatl is offered as a distance-learning course during the academic year at the University of Michigan.

Courses in Other Departments

The program makes available, during pre-registration, a list of many other upper-level courses related to Latin America and the Caribbean offered by several departments and professional schools of the University.

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