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 academic minor, the LACS concentration program, and the LACS Honors concentration. Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese is an important requirement of the LACS concentration. The Program offers instruction in the Quechua language and sponsors an Intensive Summer Quechua Language Study in Cusco, Peru.
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: www.ii.umich.edu/lacs/academics/quechualanguageprogram
Courses in Other Departments
The Center 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.