Quechua is the language of the Inca Empire, currently spoken by more than 13 million people in the Andean republics of South America, an area extending from southern Colombia to northern Argentina and Chile (and including Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador).
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers a four-semester sequence in Quechua. These courses are currently taught at the University of Michigan and are open to Indiana University students through synchronous distance learning. Indiana University students participate via video conference in specially equipped classrooms.
The Quechua language and Quechua-speaking peoples are also the focus of intensive research by IU faculty and students, with an emphasis on language preservation, genres of mythic narrative and ritual speech, traditional healing, and dialect studies within the Quechuan family of languages.