In addition to these graduate programs, students can also earn an Undergraduate Teaching Certification which is recognized by the State Department of Education and allows them to be placed as a Spanish teacher in the public school system upon graduation.
The focus of the Ph.D. in Spanish is Transatlantic Studies. However, students can specialize in any other related literary or cultural topic of the Spanish-speaking world and Graduate Assistantships are also awarded based upon merit, to support their research.
The Graduate faculty in Spanish are well recognized in their fields of specialization and have published extensively in Linguistics, Pedagogy, Peninsular and Latin American Literatures and Cultures. They regularly collaborate with other programs such as LASP, Linguistics, Comparative Literature and Women’s and Gender’s studies, directing dissertations, teaching cross-listed courses and participating in study groups and regional, national and international conferences.
The Spanish Program at USC has also hosted several conferences and research lectures. Among the well-known invited speakers to these conferences and talks have been Roberto González Echevarría, Alberto Moreiras, Sibylle Fischer, Fernando Arenas, Gilvan Müller de Oliveira, and Cuban-American writer Edmundo Desnoes.
In 2012, the Spanish Program hosted "Cultural and Linguistic Intersections of the Transatlantic" and in 2015 its first biennial conference on Transatlantic Studies: Intersections of Memory and Violence in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian World during March 26, 27 & 28. Speakers Susana Draper from Princeton, and performance artist Daniel Brittany Chavez participated in the conference.
In addition to its strong emphasis on scholarship, its faculty and students have made a solid commitment to the community, establishing work links with non-profit organizations and supporting the Latino Community of South Carolina. In 2012, the Spanish & Portuguese program collaborated with Pragda to bring to Columbia a film festival called “Discovering New Cinema from Spain and Latin America”.
The Spanish Program also sponsors two summer study abroad programs, one in Spain (Summer I) and the other one in Latin America (Summer II). It also collaborates with such University programs as International Business, and encourages and facilitates semester-abroad experiences for all majors, minors and graduate students interested in perfecting their language skills and doing research abroad.
Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
Humanities Office Building Main Office, Room 815
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
telephone: 803.777.8455 fax: 803.777.0454
Note: All Spanish courses at the intermediate level and beyond are taught in the target language, unless otherwise noted.