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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Spanish has become the second most common language in the United States. Outside of our country, you'll also find it spoken in 21 countries in Latin America, Spain, and parts of Africa, making it a useful language for anyone interested in travel or international business. 

Why Study Spanish?

A major in Spanish will help you prepare for a wide variety of careers in education, politics, foreign service, the helping professions, travel and tourism, and communication. A minor in Spanish is also available. Spanish advising is always available.



Rewards undergraduate French and Spanish majors for academic achievement. Nominations to be made by UofSC faculty no later than March 1 the semester of graduation.


  • advanced Spanish major (senior or rising senior - minimum of 18 hours at the 300-level and above completed or in progress).
  • Minimum GPA in Spanish of 3.5; minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Awards are available to Spanish students in even-numbered years.

Frequency: Awards made once a year (March), depending on available funds.

Amount: Variable.

Term of Award: a single semester.

Application, upon nomination, to include:

  • Faculty nomination
  • Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Two (2) recommendations from (preferably Spanish) faculty.

Awarded each year to one, two or three students majoring in foreign language who demonstrate:

  1. A sincere desire to teach foreign languages as a career as evidenced by a statement from the candidate and recommendations of teachers.
  2. Clear excellence in the candidate’s academic record, particularly in the language of study as evidenced by a transcript and vita.

Each candidate’s nomination dossier should include a vita, an up-to-date transcript, a personal statement of career intention, and two letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with the candidate’s work. The dossier needs to be submitted to the respective Program Director by March 1st.

Scholarship recipients will be announced by April 15 of each year. The scholarships are awarded as tuition remission for the following fall semester at UofSC-Columbia. 


Contact for information on applying of if you have any questions.


Sigma Delta Pi

Our program is home to Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honor society. If you're accepted into the honor society you'll be eligible for awards scholarship and study abroad stipends from the National Sigma Delta Pi office and you'll be able to wear the colors of the honorary society at graduation. 


  • Spanish major or minor with outstanding academic records
  • Must be at least a second semester sophomore (completed at least 45 credit hours total – can include AP/IB credits).
  • Must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 Spanish GPA.
  • Must be eligible to take at least 300 level courses AND have completed through at least Spanish 302.
  • Must have completed or is currently enrolled in at least one course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic Culture at the 300 level or higher with at least a B.

To apply, fill out the application to Sigma Delta Pi (PDF)  and return it to Humanities Office 702. 

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