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Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at USC

Welcome to the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. We are a large and diverse faculty offering broad instruction in 12 languages and their cultures, spanning most of the globe.

We are home to two PhD programs; the PhD in Comparative Literature ranked tenth in the nation among public universities (NRC 2010) and the recently launched PhD in Spanish. We offer Masters degrees in Comparative Literature, French, German, and Spanish, and undergraduate majors in Chinese, Classics, Comparative Literature, French, German, Russian, and Spanish, all leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The department offers minors in ancient Greek, classical studies, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and an Undergraduate Foreign Language Teacher Certification Program in 4 language programs. We are also closely connected with Linguistics (MA and PhD).

The department is a campus leader in the study and use of instructional technology, and the home of innovative programs that move learning beyond the traditional classroom. With study abroad and exchange programs in France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Central America, and China, students and faculty are regularly exposed to the broadest range of languages, literatures, and cultures and are encouraged to think in new and exciting ways from a global perspective. The department is the home of the Confucius Institute, a center for the study and teaching of Chinese language and culture affiliated with the Beijing Language Cultural University. In the new global economy, the Department is the hub of the university’s commitment to the internationalization of the curriculum and the newly launched “Global Carolina” initiative.

All language majors and minors are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a month, a semester or a year in one of the many programs under direct departmental supervision or vetted by the Office of International Programs for Students. Scholarships and financial aid are available for many of these.

Language students are active on campus, and involved in language clubs, language houses (French and Spanish), local foreign language films and festivals, and annual events such as the French, German and Spanish plays.

For more information please follow individual language program links above.