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Languages, Literatures and Cultures

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures offers a bachelor of arts degree with concentrations in Chinese studies, classics, comparative literature, French, French PK-12 teacher certification, German, German PK-12 teacher certification, Russian, Spanish and Spanish PK-12 teacher certification.

What to Expect

The ability to comprehend and communicate in diverse languages not only prepares our students to understand the history and traditions of our own culture but also equips them to be active and engaged representatives in the global economy and world affairs. The major in languages, with its multiple and flexible tracks, is vital for the preparation of the next generation of citizens and leaders. 

Undergraduate students who choose a language concentration will be able to demonstrate intermediate to advanced level proficiency in their target language(s). They will be able to evaluate and discuss literary and cultural texts, or linguistic documents, and advance arguments effectively through strong writing and research skills. Students will gain a greater understanding of the significance of the sociopolitical structures and intellectual and literary/artistic contributions of the target culture and language sphere. They'll also be able to recognize, describe and reflect upon the cultural practices that shape social interactions in the target culture. Students who choose a PK-12 teaching certification concentration will also be well-prepared to begin a career teaching their chosen language.


Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. in Languages, Literatures and Cultures

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, in the College of Arts and Sciences, focuses on the teaching of foreign languages, their associated literatures and global culture. Students learn from native speakers, benefit from innovative Web-based programs through which they interact directly with their peers in other countries, and study with professors who have written the books they use in courses.

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Graduate Degrees

The department also offers a Master of Arts in Languages, Literatures and Cultures with concentrations in comparative literature, French, German and Spanish, as well as as doctoral degrees in comparative literature and Spanish.

The Master of Arts in Teaching leads to initial teacher licensure/certification in secondary education.

M M.A. in Languages, Literatures and Cultures 

Graduate Director: Rebecca Janzen, 803-777-9734,
Program Contact: Chris King, 803-777-0473,

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School.

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Learn more about The Graduate School, degree options and how to apply for admission to doctoral, master’s, certificate and combination degree programs at South Carolina.