Spanish as a Heritage Language Distinction

Connect with your heritage!

Are you curious about your heritage? Do you wonder how your heritage fits into the overall mosaic of Hispanic/Latino cultures?  Whether you’ve recently moved to the U.S. or you’re second, third or fourth generation, this program will help you connect with your past.

This program is perfect if you’re looking to increase your understanding of your bilingual and bicultural heritage. You’ll also perfect your advanced Spanish language skills for personal and professional enrichment.  

You can choose to take classes in every topic from anthropology to women’s and gender studies. You'll get to buld your own program of study by lining up courses that interst you. All while developing key skills like:

  • Cultural intelligence
  • Linguistic abilities
  • World impact skills

What sets this program apart? You grew up learning Spanish in the home. Your needs are different from someone who is beginning their language journey for the first time. This program recognizes your unique needs as a heritage learner. While all levels of Spanish have a place in the program, your classes will focus on cultural heritage. You’ll also find a community because your peers will share your  language and cultural experience.

In addition, the Spanish Heritage Language Distinction Program advances the institution’s commitment to the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion which form an essential part of the College’s educational mission.

Experiential Learning

A key part of this program is connecting with others. You will volunteer in the Spanish-speaking community and complete a reflection narrative. You will also have the opportunity to connect with your peers on campus through various student organizations and events. Current students should visit The Hub or contact the program director for more information about these opportunities.

Service Learning 

Earn credit through active service experiences in Spanish-speaking communities. You can choose to volunteer in the greater Charleston area, the United States or abroad. Take your studies beyond the classroom and further develop your Spanish communication skills while giving back.

A few examples of service learning opportunities that recent students participated in include: 

  • Art Pot. This organization generates opportunities for the Latino community. 
  • Cano Law, LLC. Put your translation skills to use at this immigration law firm. 
  • Círculo Hispanoamericano de Charleston. Help preserve and promote the Hispanic American culture. 
  • Holy City Treks. Work to combat homelessness in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties. 

Campus Activities and Clubs 

You'll want to get involved with Spanish or Latino activities on campus. A few campus organizations include:

  • Hispanic Latino Club 
  • Spanish Club 
  • La Casa Hispana 
  • Club de lecutura 
  • Hora de la limonada
  • Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society   
  • Multicultural Student Programs and Services (MSPS)