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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures



Language Program Director
Patti Marinelli

¡Bienvenidos, Bem-vindos! Welcome!

The Spanish & Portuguese Program at USC is the largest in South Carolina. It offers a wide variety of courses for undergraduate and graduate students. It has more than one hundred majors, 550 minors and 29 faculty members.

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.

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 and Portuguese 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.

Spanish and Portuguese Program 
Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
Humanities Office Building Main Office, Room 815
Columbia, South Carolina 29208 
telephone: 803.777.8455 
fax: 803.777.0454