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CLACS supports the teaching and learning of Latin American languages and promotes on-campus language offerings such as Portuguese and Spanish. Funded through a Title VI Federal Area Studies grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, CLACS offers instruction of less commonly taught languages such as Quechua, Maya and Haitian Creole.

Visit our Minority Languages and Cultures Project (MLCP) page and the MLCP website for more information on less commonly taught languages.

CLACS Language Courses

For more information on when these courses are offered each semester, please see the CLACS Courses page.

Haitian Creole Courses

  • LTAM-C101/C501 Elementary Haitian Creole I (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): This is the first part of a four course sequence on Haitian Creole and serves as an introduction to Haitian Creole, the vernacular language of Haiti (spoken by over 9 million people). This course includes conversational drills, grammatical explanations and exercises, listening comprehension training, and explores aspects of Haitian Culture.
  • LTAM-C 102/C502 Elementary Haitian Creole II (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): This is the second part of a four course sequence on Haitian Creole. In this course students will work on understanding and producing everyday conversations and reading non-specialist texts. They will also learn about the rich African-based folk culture and religion of the world’s first black republic.
  • LTAM-C201/LTAM-L 527 Intermediate Haitian Creole I: Intermediate (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): This is the third part of a four course sequence on Haitian Creole. This intermediate level course on Haitian Creole language and culture is designed to help students improve their communication skills and gain a deeper understanding of Creole-speaking cultures. P: Grades of C or better in first year Haitian Creole or equivalent proficiency.
  • LTAM-C202/LTAM-L 527 Intermediate Haitian Creole II: Advanced (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): This is the fourth part of a four course sequence on Haitian Creole. In advanced Haitian Creole students will work toward expanding and refining their conversation skills, reading and writing more specialized texts, and deepening their knowledge of Haitian culture and history.

Maya Courses

  • LTAM-M101/M501 Elementary Yucatec Maya I (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): Yucatec Maya is a Mayan language spoken by 750,000-1 million people in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and the United States. Knowledge of Yucatec can be extremely useful for students who in a diverse number of fields, ranging from comparative religion and anthropology to Latin American/Caribbean history and political science. Students who plan to specialize in linguistics, Spanish literature, and Latino Studies will also want to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • LTAM-M102/M502 Elementary Yucatec Maya II (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): Yucatec Maya is a Mayan language spoken by 750,000-1 million people in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and the United States. Knowledge of Yucatec can be extremely useful for students who in a diverse number of fields, ranging from comparative religion and anthropology to Latin American/Caribbean history and political science. Students who plan to specialize in linguistics, Spanish literature, and Latino Studies will also want to take advantage of this opportunity.
  • LTAM-M201/ LTAM-L 527 Intermediate Yucatec Maya I (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): In Intermediate Yucatec Maya I, students will improve their listening and comprehension skills, learn more complex grammatical constructions, and gain a deeper understanding of Mayan culture. P: grades of C or better in Elementary Yucatec Maya I & II or equivalent proficiency.
  • LTAM-M202/ LTAM-L 527 Intermediate Yucatec Maya II (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): In Intermediate Yucatec Maya II students will further develop their conversation skills, practice reading/writing using contemporary Maya orthography, and continue their exploration of Mayan culture and history. P: grade of C or better in Intermediate Yucatec Maya I or equivalent proficiency.

Quechua Courses

  • LTAM-Q 101/501 Elementary Quechua I (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): 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): This course has a pre-requisite of Elementary Quechua I. 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 201/601 Intermediate Quechua I (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): Professor Francisco Tandioy, member of the Inga indigenous community in southwestern Colombia, teaches this introductory class in Inga Language and Culture, which is open to students who have completed Elementary Quechua I and II or who otherwise have an appropriate capacity with the language.
  • LTAM-Q 202/602 Intermediate Quechua II (4 cr undergrad/3 grad): This class is the fourth semester class in Inga Language and Culture, which is open to students who have completed Elementary Quechua I, II, and Intermediate Quechua I or who otherwise have an appropriate capacity with the language. Its goal is to bring the student to an intermediate level of language ability with emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing Inga.

Questions? Contact us at clacs[at]indiana.edu