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: Sophie Faughnan.

"In my studies at the College, my Spanish language skills evolved from a party-trick-taken-for-granted to a core component of my identity. After my study abroad experience in Sevilla, where I tested the waters of English teaching to Spanish natives, I discovered a newfound fascination for language learning as a tool for enhancing cross-cultural exchange and engaging in empathetic human connection."

 Read more about Sophie on our blog

Faculty Focus: Prof. Carmen de los Ángeles del Rey

"It [has been] very important [for me] to develop […] an environment as professional and welcoming as the one I have found in the team that makes up the Department of Hispanic Studies. My work with my students is very enriching on an intellectual [as well as on an] emotional level. [Indeed,] I feel that I help them learn as much as I learn from them. I enjoy it very much when I see that I have been able to contribute something valuable to their lives.”

Read more about Prof. Carmen de los Ángeles del Rey 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