Latin American Indigenous Languages
The Latin American & Iberian Institute offers Quechua and Nahuatl each year for students interested in learning Latin American indigenous languages. These languages count towards Latin American Studies BA level language requirements and are open to any students interested in taking the courses. These undergraduate courses are offered through the Department of Linguistics and can count as graduate credit (though may not count towards program requirements, depending on any given students' program of study). These courses require students to have at least an intermediate level of Spanish language skills. The LAII partners with Centro Tinku based on Cusco, Peru to offer Quechua at an introductory to intermediate level (advanced levels available on demand). Nahuatl is offered thanks to the generous support of the University of Utah and is taught by instructors from the Zacatecas Institute for Teaching and Research in Ethnology (IDIEZ) at the beginner to advanced level. Introductory courses are offered each fall semester.
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or want more information about Latin American indigenous languages at UNM.
Associate Director for Program Development
Latin American & Iberian Institute