Centers, Initiatives and Community Interests

Explore the many engaging events, courses, lectures, resources and opportunities for students, scholars, and community members.



Engaging Initiatives

From archaeology and Atlantic cultures to football fandom and sustainable literacy, join us in exploring the global topics and issues that shape our world.
  • Carolina Lowcountry Atlantic World

    The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston was established in 1994 to promote scholarship on the Lowcountry, the Atlantic World, and the connections between the two.

  • Center for Historical Landscapes

    The Center for Historical Landscapes (CHiL) focuses on studying the impacts of human and environmental change over the long expanse of human history. We do this through empowering discussions related to cultural heritage, environmental and land management, economic development and responses to dramatic climactic fluctuations and change.

    Administratively found within the Interdisciplinary Program in Archaeology, CHiL is a gathering space of expertise from a wide away of disciplines including archaeology, anthropology, history, classics, geology, informatics, urban planning, climatology and the environmental sciences.

  • Interdisciplinary Research Grants & Groups

    Summer Research Grants

    The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs supports the professional development of teaching faculty members. The school funds several initiatives aimed at furthering the support for teaching faculty professional development in LCWA. 

    Interdisciplinary Research Groups

    LCWA supports up to four Interdisciplinary Research Groups with small grants ($100/semester) to defray the cost of supplies or refreshments, or to assist in bringing in a speaker.

    When awarded funds, we expect the group will publicize its meetings and open itself to receive new members. Previous groups funded have been the Charleston Area Mediaevalists, the Aesthetic Work Group, a Spatial Theory research group and the Public Heath Forum.

  • Mroz Institute LCWA World Affairs Colloquium Series

    The World Affairs Colloquium Series puts the school's global impact on center stage. In this series, the school’s faculty and advisory board bringprominent speakers to campus. These speakers have international experience and address topics of world interest.

    The speakers, their topics and the discussions generated between students, faculty and community are one more way that the school fulfills its mission to be the College’s place where disciplines merge, the realities of the world are confronted, and where knowledgeable, engaged citizens of that world come of age. 

  • World Affairs Signature Series

    This annual series engages faculty from across the College to create a cluster of thematically connected, regularly taught and special topics courses to a series of extra-curricular events. 

    We accept proposals for programming in the spring term of each year, a full 18 months before implementation. Proposals list at least four faculty (at least two from LCWA), as well as a list of potential courses (regularly taught and special topics) and extra-curricular programs (at least one per semester).