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Dean Aimee Arias

Dr. Aimee Arias is the Dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs (LCWA) at the College of Charleston. LCWA’s mission is to prepare students to become discerning, knowledgeable, and engaged citizens in an ever changing, interconnected global world. The School has nine majors and twenty-three minors; offers courses in twelve languages, cultural, and international studies; and provides international opportunities such as study abroad and internships. LCWA is home to the John Edwin Mroz Global Leadership Institute, which offers special programming, mentoring, and experiential learning, all to honor the legacy of John Edwin Mroz and to prepare students to become global leaders.

Dr. Arias holds a Ph.D. in international studies and an M.A. in inter-American affairs from the University of Miami. She received her B.A. in international relations from The George Washington University. From 2017-2023, she served as the Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activity in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). From 2012-2017, Dr. Arias was the Chair of the Political Science Department at FAU.

 Dr. Arias’ research focuses on minority rights and the European Union (EU). With funded support from the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU, she created the South Florida High School European Union. Before joining FAU, Dr. Arias was the Associate Director of the European Union Center at the University of Miami.

Contact Information

Office Location
11 Glebe St. Charleston, S.C. 29424
Phone: 843.953.5770
Fax: 843.953.5818
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dean Aimee Arias

Aimee Arias, Dean, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs
843.953.5770 · Office 202 ·


Shawn Morrison, Associate Dean
843.953.4266 · Office 302 ·


Brian P. Rowe, Development Officer 
843.953.3667 · Office 201 ·


Jillian Clayton, Budget Director and Assistant to the Dean
843.953.6326 · Office 303 ·


Bambi Downs, Assistant to the Dean
843.953-5770 · Office 102 ·

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