Department of Hispanic Studies

Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Bem-vindos!

Join us for National Hispanic Heritage Month!  Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  Scroll down to Upcoming Events on this page.

Click this link to see Major & Minor Course Offerings in Hispanic Studies, Fall 2022  Please email if you have any questions about registering!  Please see course flyers in our Facebook album.

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About the Department Home to the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate Spanish program in the Southeast, the Department of Hispanic Studies is unique. We have a dynamic, engaged faculty whose expertise spans the spectrum from linguistics to translation to literature and film. We have a Minor in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies which combines courses in advanced Portuguese language and culture, Portuguese literature in translation, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, History and Political Science. We have a Business Language in Spanish Minor designed for students interested in both Spanish language and business studies, and who would like to work in the international business community.

Message from the Chair

Michael A. Gómez

Michael A. Gómez
Department Chair

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. Read more

Department News

Hispanic Studies Student Focus, April 2022: Mr. Luis Bravo (’22)
Posted on 7 April 2022 | 10:45 am
Hispanic Studies Student Focus, April 2022 Mr. Luis Bravo (’22) is Hispanic Studies’ Student Focus for April 2022. As has been clear from previous Focus features, Hispanic Studies’ students are a diverse and talented bunch—with Mr. Luis Bravo being no exception. Within the academic context, Luis is pursuing minors in both Spanish (a language of […]
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Hispanic Studies Faculty Focus, April 2022: Dr. Nadia Avendaño
Posted on 7 April 2022 | 10:45 am
Hispanic Studies Faculty Focus, April 2022 The final HISP Faculty Focus of 2021-2022 features Dr. Nadia Avendaño. Dr. Avendaño–a graduate of the University of California, Davis (B.A. in Spanish and French), as well as of the University of Arizona (from which she earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in 20th Century Latin American Literature) first […]
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Hispanic Studies Student Focus, March 2022: Ms. Dahlia Watson (’22)
Posted on 7 March 2022 | 11:13 am
Hispanic Studies Student Focus, March 2022: Ms. Dahlia Watson (’22) Hispanic Studies is once again proud and privileged to be able to feature one of its impressive Spanish students—this time, Ms. Dahlia Watson (’22). Ms. Watson, a minor in Spanish and Linguistics, as well as a major in English, has had her share of academic […]
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Upcoming Events

October 6th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Join us in Tertulia, practice your Spanish and get to know other students! Open to CofC community! [...]
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October 6th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Círculo Hispanoamericano de Charleston presents a talk by Asela Laguna, emerita professor at Rutgers University. A reception will follow. Free and open to the public.The talk explores the role of Cub [...]
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October 12th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
The CofC Portuguese Club and the UT Austin Portuguese Flagship Program invite Portuguese Club advisors and students all over the U.S. and other regions to join our nationally connected Bate-Papo. [...]
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October 13th from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Levi Vonk '13 I writes about migration, violence, otherness and borders. His first book, Border Hacker, is a work of narrative nonfiction published in April 2022 by Bold Type Books (Hachette). It is t [...]
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