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Message from the Chair

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Bem-vindos!

Welcome to the College of Charleston’s Department of Hispanic Studies, which boasts the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate program of its kind in the southeast. We are committed to preparing our students for the language demands of a world made increasingly smaller by technology, the global economy, and immigration. Regardless of their career choices, our graduates find that proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese means increased opportunities, and in turn greater income-earning potential. Consequently, Hispanic Studies enjoys approximately 90 Spanish majors and 300 minors, with the largest minor program at the College of Charleston.

The College of Charleston student of Hispanic Studies benefits from an ensemble of some of the finest and most diverse and dynamic faculty in the region.  Yet their research accomplishments do not distract our professors from their commitment to the most important aspect of teaching at a liberal arts university: our students.  Such faculty dedication not only affords outstanding educational experiences for students within the classroom, but also provides our young men and women with opportunities that enhance the knowledge of language, literature, culture and history gained in our diverse course offerings.  Some of these forums include: 

  • Study abroad programs (semester and summer) in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Spain and others (See Center for International Education).
  • Casa Hispana/Hispanic House: On-campus housing for qualifying students of Spanish who wish to enhance their extra-curricular language exposure.
  • Service learning through local and international internships.
  • Portuguese and Spanish clubs.
  • Membership in our national-award-winning chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, for qualifying majors and minors.
  • Membership in our chapter of Phi Lambda Beta, the Portuguese Honor Society, for qualifying students.
  • Various guest lectures, cultural festivals, foreign-language films, etc.

Hispanic Studies also takes great pride in collaborating with the College of Charleston’s Masters in Education in Languages, a venture that has proven invaluable for the ongoing preparation of our current and future language teachers.  

Finally and on behalf of the Department of Hispanic Studies, I encourage all College of Charleston students to enjoy a tremendous professional advantage by learning Spanish and/or Portuguese and its respective history and culture.

Let our department's faculty assist you in bolstering your future graduate school and employment opportunities.

Sincerely yours / Saludos cordiales / Saudações cordiais,
Mark P. Del Mastro, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Hispanic Studies

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