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Message from the Dean


David Cohen, Dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs

As the saying goes, "Whoever speaks only his mother tongue is stuck in his mother's world." In the 21st century, it is a given that at some point most of us will interact with people who have grown up in another culture and who likely speak a language other than English. This is certainly true of our students, no matter what career paths they ultimately choose.

At the College of Charleston, we believe it takes at least two years to develop basic facility in a foreign language.  Therefore, because we require every student to demonstrate proficiency before they graduate, nearly every one of our approximately 10,000 students will spend time in the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs.  We also offer a broad range of majors that develop linguistic, cultural and global expertise.  Our undergraduate majors include Classical Studies, French, German, Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, International Studies, archaeology and Jewish Studies.  Soon we will have a new major in African American Studies.

The College of Charleston community stretches all around the world and many of our students choose to broaden their perspectives by studying abroad. They can spend a semester at College of Charleston programs in:

  • Santiago, Chile
  • Trujillo, Spain
  • La Rochelle, France
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Havana, Cuba

Please don't hesitate to contact me at 843 953 5770, our main office number, if I can be of further assistance.


Best regards,

David Cohen
Dean, School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs