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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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In order to understand a language and culture, you need opportunities to truly become a part of the culture. Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers broad instruction in 12 languages and their cultures, spanning most of the globe. 

Flexible Undergraduate Majors

A language major or minor is a great complement to any other major on campus. Our programs are designed to be in-depth enough to give you the skills you need and flexible enough to allow you to pursue a second major. We offer undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in:

The department offers minors in ancient Greek, classical studies, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and an Undergraduate Foreign Language Teacher Certification Program in 4 language programs. We are also closely connected with Linguistics (M.A. and Ph.D.).


Advanced Graduate Degrees

We are home to two Ph.D. programs: the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and the Ph.D. in Spanish. We offer master's degrees in Comparative Literature, French, German, and Spanish 


Innovative Programs

The department is a campus leader in the study and use of instructional technology, and the home of innovative programs that move learning beyond the traditional classroom. With study abroad and exchange programs in France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Central America, and China, students and faculty are regularly exposed to the broadest range of languages, literatures, and cultures and are encouraged to think in new and exciting ways from a global perspective.

The department is the home of the Confucius Institute, a center for the study and teaching of Chinese language and culture affiliated with the Beijing Language Cultural University. In the new global economy, the department is the hub of the university’s commitment to the internationalization of the curriculum and the newly launched Global Carolina initiative.


Cross-Disciplinary Relationships

In addition to offering our own instruction, we also have close ties with the linguistics program, the College of Education, and the TESOL certificate program. These partnerships help us offer you a more complete and robust course of study.