Andean and Amazonian Studies Minor

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Andean Music Ensemble, Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

The cultural, historical, economic, environmental, and geopolitical importance of this region of Latin America, which covers a vast expanse of South America, spreads through nine 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.

Below is a video of an Andean Music Ensemble performance of the song "Ya se ha muerto mi abuelo" by Juaneco y su Combo during Día de los Muertos celebration on November 2nd, at the OSU Thompson Library. Learn more about the Andean Music Ensemble at OSU.

Minor Information

The interdisciplinary minor in Andean and Amazonian Studies requires a minimum of 15 credit hours and highlights the geographical region, its languages and peoples, its histories and societies, as well as its cultures and environment.  
Students must achieve intermediate proficiency in Portuguese, Quechua or Spanish. Courses included in this minor may have additional prerequisites assigned by the corresponding department. The Andean and Amazonian Studies Minor may be used to satisfy the completion of a foreign language minor of International Studies Majors when students complete at least 6 credits of Quechua courses beyond the language prerequisite (i.e., Quechua 5504 & 5505). Minor must include at least 6 hours at the 3000-level and above.

Language Prerequisite 

Intermediate proficiency in one of the following languages:
Portuguese 1103 or 5502; or
Quechua 5503; or
Spanish 1103

Required Course (3 credit hours)

Spanish 2332: Introduction to Andean & Amazonian Cultures

Core Courses (minimum of 9 credit hours)

AEDE 4597 / Int’l Studies 4597.01 Problems and Policies in World Population, Food, and Development 
History 2111 Native American Peoples of the Andes
Poli Sci 4240 Latin American Politics
Poli Sci 4241 Special Topics in Latin America
Poli Sci 3220 Politics in the Developing World
Quechua 5504  Intermediate Quechua 2 
Quechua 5505 Advanced Quechua 1
Quechua 5506 Advanced Quechua 2
Spanish 2330 Re-Inventing America: Visual and Narrative Visions of Latin America
Spanish 4515 Andean Art, Culture and Society
Spanish 4516 The Formation of Bolivian National Cultures
Spanish 4555/E Indigenous, Colonial and 19th-Century Latin American Literature
Spanish H4565 Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of Latin America: Past and Present

Festival de la Morenita, Photo credit by Gordon Ulmer

Elective Courses (minimum of 3 credit hours)

Students choose one course from the Core list or one from the following options. Courses marked with an asterisk are special topics courses and/or research courses and must be approved for the Minor by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Students may petition to have unlisted courses approved for this minor program:

AEDE / Int'l Studies 2580 Feast or Famine: The Global Business of Food
AEDE / Int'l Studies 4535 International Economic Development
AEDE / Int'l Studies 4538 Latin American Economic Development
Anthro 3302 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Anthro 3419 Regional Survey of LA Cultures and Migration in Global Perspectives
Anthro 4597.01 Cultural Conflict in Developing Nations
*Anthro 5600 Biosocial Aspects of Health
*Anthro 5602 Women’s Health in Global Perspective
Antro 5623 Environmental Anthropology
Geography 5751 New Worlds of Latin America
History 2100 Intro to the Spanish Atlantic World
History 2105 Latin American and the World
History 3100 Colonial Latin American History
History 3101 South America Since Independence
History 3105 History of Brazil
History 4100 Readings in Latin American History
Int’l Studies 2100 Introduction to Latin America
Int’l Studies / Spanish 5640 Globalization and Latin America: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches
Poli Sci 4280 State and Economy
Portuguese 2330 Introduction to Brazilian Culture
*Portuguese 4561 Cultural Expressions of Brazil
*Portuguese 4597.02 Representing Identity in the Cinema of the Portuguese-Speaking World
*Portuguese 5650 Studies in the Literatures and Cultures of the Portuguese-speaking World
Spanish 2151 Latin American Culture and Literature
Spanish 2520 Latin American Literature (in Translation): Fictions & Realities
*Spanish 4556 Modern Spanish American Literature
*Spanish 4560 Introduction to Spanish American Culture
*Spanish 5660 Senior Seminar in Hispanic Culture

Videos provided by Gordon Ulmer.

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