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Spanish

Spanish is a Romance language that originated in Castile, a region in Spain.  Some 406 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it the second-most-spoken language by number of native speakers, after Mandarin.  Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations, and is used as an official language by the European Union.

Spanish has become the second language of the United States.  More than 20 million of the country’s residents speak it in their everyday lives.  Spanish is also spoken in 21 countries of Latin America, in Spain, and in some parts of Africa.

The Spanish & Portuguese Program in the College of Arts & Science is the largest in the state.  About one-third of the Spanish faculty are native speakers from Spain and several Latin American countries, while the remainder have all spent long periods of time in study, teaching, or research in various Spanish-speaking countries.

 A wide variety of courses are available to Spanish majors.  There is also a Spanish Language House, which is a living and learning community for students majoring or minoring in Spanish.  The Spanish House is ideal for students interested in an immersion experience without going overseas, or as preparation for study abroad.  There are also many regular events for Spanish language students, including bimonthly Movie Nights and Pizza, and weekly Chat Club.

Students majoring in Spanish are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Study Abroad Program.  Summer USC courses are provided in Spanish-speaking countries.  Year-long programs can be arranged.

An undergraduate Foreign Language Teacher Certification Program is offered.  Recognized by the State Department of Education, this certification allows graduates to be placed as a Spanish teacher in the South Carolina public school system.

Students who successfully complete the Spanish Language Program are awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.

A major in Spanish helps prepare students for a wide variety of careers in education, politics, Foreign Service, the helping professions, travel and tourism, government, business, and communication.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Jorge Camacho, Interim Spanish Program Director, 803-777-4884, camachoj@mailbox.sc.edu.

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