Latin American Language Offerings


With an estimated 10 million native speakers, Quechua is the most spoken indigenous language of the Americas. The name ‘Quechua’ actually refers to a family of closely related languages, all of which are spoken in the Andean region of South America. A language isolate, it shares no linguistic heritage with any other languages of the world. Quechua holds ‘Official Language’ status in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, though it is also spoken in Argentina, Chile and Colombia. Once the language of the ancient Inca Empire, it has survived many centuries, experiencing certain linguistic changes through that time which have resulted in the variations of the language that exist today. No previous studies or experience with Quechua or the Andes is required and courses are available to both graduate and undergraduate students. For more information, please visit

Spring 2020 Course Offerings

Quechua 5501.01: Beginning Quechua I  *online*

Quechua 5502.01: Beginning Quechua II, TWRF, 11:05 AM - 12:00 PM

Quechua 5504.01 Intermediate Quechua II, TWRF 10:00 AM - 10:55 AM

To register, visit Buckeyelink

Haitian Creole

Haitian Creole is spoken by Haiti’s entire population of over 8 million and nearly 1 million people in the Haitian-American diaspora in the United States. Haitian-Creole courses at Indiana University provide an introduction to the rich, African-based folk culture and religion of the world’s first black republic.

Spring 2020 Course Offerings

Haitian Creole I:  TR 2:30-3:45 pm, Instructor: David Tezil

Offered via CourseShare through synchronous distance-learning at Indiana University

To register, contact Sonya Afanasyeva ( to enroll in French Independent Study 4193 (undergraduate) or 6193 (graduate).

Yucatec Maya

Yucatec Maya is spoken by over a million speakers, primarily in the Yucatán in Southern Mexico, the Maya Riviera coastal region of Cancún, and Belize, where the language is kept alive by a rich heritage, including the practice of traditional medicine and the preservation of the archeological sites built by their ancestors.

Spring 2020 Course Offerings

This course is not offered during Spring 2020.


Spanish is one of several major languages spoken throughout Latin America and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers undergraduate major and minor programs in Spanish designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the language. The programs introduce them to the study of literary works and helps them develop an informed awareness of the respective cultures. Courses are available at the undergraduate and graduate level. 


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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The Ohio State University offers exciting academic opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels for students interested in Luso-Brazilian culture and Portuguese language and linguistics. The strengths of OSU's Portuguese program lie in its cutting-edge and versatile language program, the B.A. in Portuguese that emphasizes the cultural, economic, and political complexities, as well as the transatlantic dimension, of the Lusophone world, and our distinguished program in Portuguese linguistics, especially in the areas of phonetics, morphology, and pragmatics. Courses are available at the undergraduate and graduate level. 


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