Department of Hispanic Studies

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About the Department Home to the largest and most comprehensive undergraduate Spanish HISP muralprogram 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.

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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

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Dr. Carrillo-Arciniega’s work of poetry, China Girl, accepted for publication
Posted on 26 October 2020 | 2:23 pm
Hispanic Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Raúl Carrillo-Arciniega’s recently completed work of poetry, China Girl, has been accepted for publication by Silla Vacía Editorial. Congratulations to Dr. Carrillo for this impressive achievement!
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HISP / Devon Hanahan named one of Top 10 Professors in the Nation by CEOWORLD Magazine
Posted on 20 October 2020 | 10:31 am
Dear HISP Colleagues & Friends, I wanted to share the news that Devon W. Hanahan, CofC ’87, Faculty Marshal and Basic Spanish Language Program Coordinator, has been named one of the Top 10 professors in the nation by CEOWORLD Magazine.  Hanahan, a senior instructor in the College of Charleston Department of Hispanic Studies, was ranked […]
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April 8th from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Join the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs for the World Affairs Signature Series discussion with bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick, who will discuss his latest book, In the Hurric [...]
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