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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
    Students may enroll in a wide variety of courses in literature and cultural studies.
  • German and Russian Studies
    With their interdisciplinary curricula and emphasis on experiential learning, the department’s award-winning programs dovetail with a wide range of fields in business, the sciences, and the humanities.
  • Classics
    With the advantages of a major university, the department provides indepth research and educational opportunities for undergraduates.

LCWA also houses undergraduate degree programs with majors in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Jewish Studies, International Studies, Archeology, and African American studies, our newest major. These programs 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, offering 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.

LCWA provides language instruction in thirteen languages: Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

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