Department of Hispanic Studies

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Bem-vindos!


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: Ethan Talmage.

My time spent at the College has been a transformative period in my life, particularly my pursuit of my Spanish major. I cannot imagine my life without having studied Spanish from some of the best professors the College of Charleston has to offer. Though I did not have the opportunity to study abroad in my time at the College, I am comforted by the quality of my classmates, the spirit of my mentors, and [the knowledge] that studying in this fantastic department has opened [up] an entirely new world. In the last four years I have become enthralled by Spanish literature. From the poets and philosophers of the Golden Age to Borges, I have found a complete world of literature. To be able to enjoy Gabriel García Márquez’s stories or Quevedo’s poetry in their native language is among the most precious things that I can carry with me after graduating.

 Read more about Ethan 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