Department of Hispanic Studies

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Welcome to the College of Charleston’s Department of Hispanic Studies.

As the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate program of its kind in the southeast, we're here to help prepare you for the language demands of a world made increasingly smaller by technology, the global economy, and immigration.

Like our many successful alumni, you'll find that proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese means increased opportunities, and in turn greater income-earning potential.

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When choosing Hispanic Studies as your course of study, you'll join more than 120 Spanish majors and nearly 400 minors, making up the largest, most popular and in-demand minor program at the College of Charleston.

With a faculy of some of the finest and most diverse educators and researchers in the region, you'll enhance your knowledge of language, literature, culture and history through our engaging course offerings and opportunities.  

  • Study abroad programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Spain and others.
  • La Casa Hispana (Spanish House): On-campus housing for qualifying students of Spanish who wish to enhance their extra-curricular language exposure.
  • Service learning through local and international internships.
  • Portuguese, Spanish, and Hispanic Latino clubs.
  • Membership in our national-award-winning chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, for qualifying majors and minors.
  • Membership in our chapter of Phi Lambda Beta, the Portuguese Honor Society, for qualifying students.
  • Featured guest lectures, cultural festivals, foreign-language films, and concerts.

Student Focus: Kit Fischer.

The Hispanic Studies department feels like my safe space because all the professors I have met are supportive of my goals as a college student and my ambitions after graduation. I have also had the opportunity to study abroad in Trujillo, Spain, an experience that I will cherish for a long time. Not only did I increase my confidence in speaking Spanish with native speakers, but I also tried new foods, traveled to new places, and immersed myself in a culture unfamiliar to me. My Trujillo experience has also served me in the classroom back home, as my knowledge of Spanish culture scaffolds my learning of peninsular literature and history.

 Read more about Kit on our blog 

Learn more about our Trujillo program



In this College Today article, you can learn about Hispanic Studies' Trujillo study abroad program, and more about the benefactors that made it all possible. 

The College Today