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Language and Intercultural Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Students majoring in languages and intercultural studies (LIS) choose one of two concentrations: Hispanic studies or multiple languages. In addition, students can minor in French, German or Spanish and can take courses in Italian and Russian. Each of these concentrations provides students with critical awareness of the cultures associated with those languages, proficiency in the languages studied, and oral and written skills for communicating in a variety of contexts, including working with multinational businesses and agencies.

The Student Experience

  • Coursework on campus is enhanced by study abroad opportunities in Spain, Costa Rica and Germany that are organized and led by experienced faculty.
  • LIS students may combine their LIS degree with study of other disciplines, including history; visual arts; digital culture and design; anthropology and geography; linguistics; gender and sexuality studies; politics; cinema; literature; theater; music and additional aspects of popular culture.
  • Students can choose a minor area of study from a wide range of minors offered by the University.
  • Students who pair an LIS major with a second major are excellent candidates for Fulbright Research Fellowships, Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantships and other opportunities for postgraduate work and study abroad.

Areas of Study

The major requires 38 credit hours in general and specialized classes, as well as a capstone experience class in which students write an undergraduate thesis or develop a specialized communication project in an area of their interest. Students may complete a special curriculum in LIS as part of the Honors Program.

Beyond the Classroom

LIS majors are prepared for careers and opportunities working with governmental and nongovernmental agencies that are active internationally; multinational businesses; schools and universities. Learn more »

Contact

Gary Schmidt, Ph.D.
Department chair
843-349-2741
gschmidt@coastal.edu

Gigi Dodd
Administrative specialist
843-349-6588
gdodd@coastal.edu

Language and Culture Minors

French

The French Minor at Coastal Carolina University is intended for non-native speakers of French. The French Minor gives students the opportunity to become proficient in a language other than English. Through this program, students are also able to study abroad to better comprehend the dialect and culture. Students minoring in a foreign language must earn a C or above in each course to be applied toward the minor.

German

The German Minor at Coastal Carolina University is intended for non-native speakers of German. The German Minor gives students the opportunity to become proficient in a language other than English. Through this program, students are also able to study abroad to better comprehend the dialect and culture. Students minoring in a foreign language must earn a C or above in each course to be applied toward the minor.

Spanish

The Spanish Minor at Coastal Carolina University is intended for non-native speakers of Spanish. The Spanish Minor gives students the opportunity to become proficient in a language other than English. Through this program, students are also able to study abroad to better comprehend the dialect and culture. Students minoring in a foreign language must earn a C or above in each course to be applied toward the minor. The Spanish Minor at Coastal Carolina University requires a total of 12-15 hours above the 210 level.