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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?

New Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunity

If you are a French minor and received a Pell Grant, you are eligible for up to $4,500 in scholarships to study abroad in Dakar, Senegal. This is a Winthrop program offered by the International Center. For more information, please review the program flyer or contact the Study Abroad Office

Spanish Film Festival

The Spanish Club Tertulia is hosting a Spanish Film Festival every Tuesday from February 6 to March 6 in Dina's Place. The films highlight the beauty of the Spanish language and the complexity of Spanish-speaking cultures. For each film attended, students can earn a Cultural Event credit.

For a full list of films, please visit our Facebook page. 

Congratulations to Our Dean's List & President's List Students!

This semester, we were pleased to see so many students recognized on the Dean's List and President's List. When you see these students, please be sure to congratulate them. 

Dean's List 

Maria Balderas
Danielle Campos
Anna Castellanos
Sarah Golzari
Olivia Greathouse
Cole Heatherly
Hayley Lutrario
Norah Mendoza
Jesse Morton
Jennifer Nunez
Sarai Ortega
Taylor Sandifer
Abigail Sensei
Matthew Squires 


President's List 

Araceli Amezcua Reyes
Lily Carter
Yashuri Del Rosario Rodriguez
Lauren Jones
Alyssa Turk


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! 

French Major Featured in Winthrop Magazine

In the fall edition of the Winthrop Magazine, French major, Camila Brito '17 was featured for her participation in the BMX World Championships. At the championships held this past summer, Camila interned as a translator in the medical tent. Learn more about Camila and her internship experience on page 10 of the Winthrop Magazine.

To learn more about how you can find an internship like Camila did, explore our career opportunities or talk to your advisor.

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

Last semester, 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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