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About the School

Created in January of 2006, the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs (LCWA) is the newest of the six academic schools at the College of Charleston. The school is comprised of four departments:

  • Hispanic Studies     Enrolling 5500 students each year, the department is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate programs in the Southeast.
  • French, Francophone and Italian Studies     Its broad focus on Francophone Africa, Belgium, Canada and Italy as well as France distinguish this program.
  • German and Slavic Studies     Since more than 170 German companies have operations in South Carolina, the program specializes in translation and business.
  • Classics     With the advantages of a major university, the department provides indepth research and educational opportunities for undergraduates.

LCWA also houses undergraduate degree programs in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Jewish Studies, and International Studies that are multidisciplinary and draw faculty from such diverse areas as political science, history, Hispanic Studies, art history, English, sociology and anthropology. Jewish Studies is a distinguished program at the College. It offers students the opportunity to delve deeply into Jewish history, religion, philosophy and literature, as well as a variety of extracurricular presentations and performances. African American Studies introduces students to the diversity of the African American experience.  African American Studies is in the process of developing a major for students. LCWA provides language instrucution in thirteen languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Ancient Greek, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Students can choose from a number of minors in language, area or cultural studies: