Mission and Vision Statement

The Department of Hispanic Studies offers students and the community a broad range of courses and programs to develop language competence, a global perspective, and an understanding of the Spanish language, literatures and cultures of the Hispanic world.  In addition, the Department seeks to promote the study of Portuguese at the college.  Specifically, the Department aims to:

  • Ensure that College of Charleston students acquire sufficient knowledge of the language to build proficiency in the language when future personal or professional needs require it.
  • Prepare majors and minors for success as professionals in career fields related to Spanish.
  • Teach understanding and appreciation of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian cultures, and provide knowledge about the literary and intellectual achievements of these worlds.
  • Provide opportunities for study abroad in areas where Spanish and Portuguese are spoken.
  • Enhance the education of students who are not Spanish majors by providing language skills that complement their chosen major.
  • Lead with internationalizing the College of Charleston curriculum.
  • Work with the School of Education to prepare Spanish language teachers both substantively and pedagogically for the South Carolina school system.
  • Provide opportunities for continuing study of Spanish at the graduate level for language teachers and other professionals in the Charleston area.
  • Promote articulation between secondary schools and the College in the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Provide service learning and internship opportunities for students of Spanish to use their skills in the community.