The cultural, historical, economic, environmental, and geopolitical importance of this region of Latin America, which covers a vast expanse of South America, spreads through 9 different countries, has several climates, and encompasses a population of more than 70 million people, cannot be overstated. On the one hand, the Andes are the birthplace of some of the most advanced indigenous civilizations in the Americas, and the present location of vibrant indigenous societies and cultures. Quechua is spoken by approximately 10 million people, while Aymara is spoken by approximately 3 million. In addition, there are vibrant indigenous political movements seeking both revolutionary change and peaceful change within established democratic institutions. On the other hand, the Amazon basin covers 3,179,000 square miles which include the largest rain forest in the world, vast natural resources, an incredible biodiversity, and a multiplicity of ethnic groups who speak hundreds of native languages mostly related to the Tupi family.
Students enrolled in the minor take a required course, choose from core courses, and take one or more electives. Students must also reach intermediate proficiency in Portuguese, Quechua, or Spanish.
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Spanish 2332: Introduction to Andean and Amazonian Cultures
Historical formation of contemporary societies in the Andean and Amazonian regions, including their ethnic, social, and cultural features; taught in English.
Quechua 5505.01: Advanced Quechua I; Classroom
Quechua 5505.01 is an advanced language course intended for students with experience in Quechua. This course is comprehensive, integrating culture and language. It will be useful for students that want to travel to the Andean countries or who have an interest in studying Quechua language, culture and society. The variety taught is from the southern Quechua family spoken in Bolivia and Peru.
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Unique Opportunities within the Minor
Students can fulfill part of the minor requirements by studying abroad in Ecuador:
Ohio State works in cooperation with the Pachaysana Institute to offer the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the educational process needed to assist local communities with the empowerment and preparation for being active participants in a discourse of development. In cooperation with rural communities outside of Quito, this program focuses on sustainable development, political ecology, cultural geography, storytelling, arts for social change, cultural and biological diversity, and leadership. Students will spend two weeks in the capital city of Quito for orientation before departing to the Upper Ecuadorian Amazon rural community.
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