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Languages and Intercultural Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Students majoring in languages and intercultural studies (LIS) choose one of two concentrations: Hispanic Studies or Multiple Languages. The Multiple Language concentration allows students to combine the study of any of the seven languages offered in the department(Arabic, Chinese, Frensh, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and German) while emphasizing one language of their choice.  In addition, students can minor in French, German, Languages and Intercultural Studies, or Spanish. 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; communications; 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 is intended to provide proficiency in written and spoken French as well as broad understanding of French and Francophone cultures, society and history. An elective for the minor may be met through study abroad.The French minor at Coastal Carolina University requires a minimum of 18 credit hours above the 115 level. 

German

The German minor is intended for both heritage speakers and non-native speakers of German to provide proficiency in written and spoken German as well as broad understanding of Germanic culture, society, and history.  An elective for the minor may be met through study abroad. The German minor at Coastal Carolina University requires a minimum of 18 credit hours about the 115 level.  

Languages and Intercultural Studies

The minor in Languages and Intercultural Studies at Coastal Carolina University gives students flexible options for studying the languages and/or cultures of non-English-speaking peoples. Students can choose one of three tracks, depending on their personal and professional interests.

Spanish

The Spanish minor minor is intended to provide proficiency in written and spoken Spanish as well as broad understanding of Hispanic culture and society.  An elective for the minor may be met through study abroad.  The Spanish minor at Coastal Carolina University requires a minimum of 18 credit hours about 115 level.