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The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs mourns the loss of our beloved colleague and friend, Dr. Conseula Francis.  Conseula’s passion was the African-American Studies program (AAST) at the College, especially its students. She worked tirelessly to establish AAST from infancy to a degree-granting program. She stated that this was her most significant contribution. Her students cherished her for the indelible mark she made on their lives.

One of her former students, Sara Daise, posted to Facebook the following:

“No words for the sureness and empowerment you provided. For the way your black womanhood told me that I could be any kinda black woman I wanted to be. One of my favorite AAST professors who I knew had our backs. I couldn't make an appointment for a meeting--I'd just have to show up at your office and catch you. And read/borrow your books and hear your stories. I can't believe you are gone. So suddenly. My heart goes out to your daughters and husband. To all those mourning your loss. To all of us mourning your loss.”

In his statement to the College community in The College Today, President Glenn McConnell stated: “There are few words to express the significance of the loss of Conseula Francis to our College of Charleston family. Professor Francis was a remarkable human being – a passionate educator, a professor’s professor, and a true student advocate. She devoted her life to the pursuit of knowledge and had a tremendous impact on the many lives she touched, mine included. Conseula leaves a wonderful legacy behind at the College, and she will be greatly missed.”

Certainly, the faculty and staff of LCWA share the loss with Dr. Francis’ family, students, colleagues and extended community. We honor her memory and will forever cherish her multiple contributions as a colleague and friend. We will miss her wry humor, infectious smile, and untiring collegiality. Our sincerest condolence is extended to her family.

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Welcome to the website for the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs (LCWA). We offer degree programs in African American Studies; Archaeology; Classical Studies; French, Francophone, and Italian Studies; German and Russian Studies; Hispanic Studies; International Studies; Jewish Studies; and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. We urge you to look at our mission and goals statements to gain a greater understanding of our school. We are committed to providing our students with the educational experience they need to become citizens of the world in the 21st century. more

Message from Dean Antonio D. Tillis

Office dean ¡Saludos! I am delighted to greet you as the Dean of the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs (LCWA). We are a School that is steeped in the long tradition of providing an exceptional interdisciplinary, liberal arts education with a focus on the world and on the rich history of the Low Country.

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The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs was born of a desire to formalize the College's commitment to global education. LCWA is home to the most comprehensive undergraduate foreign language program in the Southeast. 
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Video Highlight Massimo Maggiari
Director of Italian Studies Program
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where he conducts field research about Roald Amundsen and the Northwest Passage.
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The Casa Hispana is a home where students studying Spanish can learn and grow with peers. The Casa Hispana hosts numerous events each semester and is welcome to all students interested in expanding their Spanish speaking skills.
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The College of Charleston study abroad program in Havana, Cuba is designed for students majoring or minoring in Spanish, Latin American Caribbean Studies, International Studies and or others who can apply this study towards their degree program.  (2:44)  Video Icon
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College of Charleston student Casey Wadsworth traveled to Brazil for college credit and to experience life outside of the United States for the first time.
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In memory of Dr. Conseula Francis
Posted on 22 June 2016 | 2:07 pm
The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs mourns the loss of our beloved colleague and friend, Dr. Conseula Francis.  Conseula’s passion was the African-American Studies program (AAST) at the College, especially its students. She worked tirelessly to establish AAST from infancy to a degree-granting program. She stated that this was her most significant contribution. […]
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20th Anniversary Commemoration of CofC’s Study Abroad Program in Trujillo, Spain
Posted on 15 June 2016 | 4:13 pm
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the College of Charleston and the Xavier de Salas Foundation commemorated 20 years of collaboration with CofC’s study abroad program in Trujillo, Spain. Participating in this memorable event was a five-member, College of Charleston delegation that included Dr. Michael Auerbach, Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics; Dr. Jerry Hale, Dean of […]
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