Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Language is more than words and translations. We believe in embracing the art, the films and the way of life that make up different cultures.
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – one of the largest and most diverse departments in the College of Arts and Sciences – provides instruction in ten languages. We are particularly known for our commitment to interdisciplinary research and for our innovative use of technology to improve language study and move learning beyond the traditional classroom. For example, we originated the first program in South Carolina to bring French students into contact with their counterparts in France through blogs, webcams, and e-mail.
Our programs, offered in a dynamic learning environment, are growing in size and reputation. They include Arabic, Chinese, Classics (with a concentration in Greek, Latin, or Classical Studies), Comparative Literature, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Undergraduate students seeking a B.A. degree learn from native speakers, benefit from web-based programs that allow them to interact directly with their peers in other countries, and take an active part in language clubs, language houses (French and Spanish) and local foreign language films and festivals. An Undergraduate Foreign Language Teacher Certification Program (in French, German, Latin, and Spanish) is also offered. Exciting study-abroad programs for a month, a semester, or a year are housed in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, and Costa Rica.
Graduate students take courses with M.A. and Ph.D. students from around the world. An M.A. degree is offered in Comparative Literature, French, German, and Spanish. The Ph.D. is offered in Comparative Literature and Spanish, while the MAT is offered in Foreign Languages with emphasis in French, German, or Spanish.
The Ted Mimms Foreign Language Learning Center, located on campus, contains a variety of helpful materials such as CDs, audio and video recordings, and computer technology to assist students in their language studies. Finally, the department is the home of the Confucius Institute, a center for the study and teaching of Chinese language and culture that is affiliated with the Beijing Language Cultural University.