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World Languages and Cultures

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The requirement for the B.A. in Modern Languages, with a concentration in French or Spanish, is 36 semester hours above the elementary level. Required courses include classes in composition and conversation, one literature class, and one culture/civilization class. In addition, two courses in another language are required.

Proficiency in language skills must be demonstrated before graduation by completing successfully the ACTFL oral proficiency interview. For details of this requirement, see the statement in the current catalog.

Teacher certification programs are available in French and Spanish. A minor in French, German, or Spanish requires 18 semester hours above the elementary level, six of which must be above the 299-level.

The department encourages majors and minors to include a study abroad experience in their course of studies.  Read about the Global Learning Initiative for sample four-year plans and more information.

The department also sponsors study abroad programs on a rotating basis in countries such as Costa Rica, France, Germany, and Spain. Read more information about department-specific study abroad opportunities.

Languages offered as majors:  

  • French
  • Spanish

Languages offered as minors:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

General language classes offered:

  • Chinese
  • Italian

What's New?

Press Release: Community Needs Prompt New Languages Minor at Winthrop

Last semester, the department launched the first new course of the new Spanish for Law and the Helping Professions minor. Students in SPAN 205 took their Spanish skills beyond flashcards and learned how to give Miranda Rights, issue a sobriety test, and thoughtfully interact with victims of a crime. While the minor is specifically designed for students pursuing degrees in sociology, criminology, law, social work, and other professions, all students are welcome to register for the course. For more information, please read a recent press release issued by the university. 

Welcome Class of 2022!

We are excited to welcome our newest class of Eagles! If you are not sure which language class to register for, please consider taking the Language Placement Exam or consulting with our Department Chair, Dr. Shinabargar, to find the best class for you. 

Fall 2018 Language Lab Hours

This semester, we are fortunate to have our Language Learning Center offer longer hours and more resources to our language students! To see what the lab has to offer, visit the Language Learning Center page. The lab will be open starting Monday, August 27

Looking for a Job, Internship, or Volunteering Opportunity?

It's never too early to start looking for a summer job, internship, or volunteer opportunity. Check out our new Internships & Volunteering page full of links to great places to work and volunteer in the Rock Hill and Charlotte areas. If you come across an opportunity we missed, let us know and we will post it! 

Get Social

The Department of World Languages and Cultures is online! Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates and some fun language content.


Outstanding Student Work

In Fall 2017, Dr. Jepson's SPAN 201 students were asked to design a tri-fold brochure to highlight attractions and tourism information about a Spanish-speaking country. All of the students did amazing work, but these are a few of our favorites!

Spain - Breanna Boyd

Puerto Rico - Charity Moore

Argentina - Elle Sullivan

See more student work from other courses.

 

Learn More

Learn more about our department on our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

Did you miss a news story or announcement? Check our News Archive page for a list of everything our department has been up to over the past few years.

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