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World Languages

World Languages

In an increasingly global world, the ability to communicate in multiple languages is more important than ever. Our world language programs help students learn to speak and read in Spanish, French, German and Chineseand gain familiarity with the countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific Rim, as well as North and South America where these languages are spoken. Students can also complete introductory-level (101 and 102) courses in American Sign Language. Through our study abroad programs, international film series and various international festivals, we also introduce students to a range of cultures throughout the world.

Explore world languages through the following major and minor programs:
Your Ticket to the Spanish-Speaking WorldMajors and Minors in Spanish & Spanish
Translation/Interpreting
Your Ticket to the French-Speaking WorldMinor in French


Your Ticket to the German-Speaking World
Minor in German Studies


Which Course Should You Take?
  • Entering students may take the world language placement test during orientation.
  • All students may also take the French, German, and Spanish placement tests in the Testing Center in Media 218. The test takes approximately 30 minutes and walk-ins are accepted if space permits.
What Do Your World Language Placement Exam Scores Mean? 
  • Spanish: 0-240 places into SPAN 101; 240-315 places into SPAN 102; 316-397 places into SPAN 201; 398 and above places into SPAN 202 or higher. Students with scores over 500 should talk to Dr. Araceli Hernandez-Laroche to determine appropriate placement in upper-level Spanish courses in order to pursue a major or minor in Spanish, or a minor in Spanish translation and interpretation, or a minor in international studies.
  • French: 0-240 places into FREN 101; 240-316 places into FREN 102; 317-382 places into FREN 201; 382 and above places into FREN 202 or higher. Students with scores over 500 should talk to Dr. Araceli Hernandez-Laroche to determine appropriate placement in upper-level French courses in order to pursue a minor in French or international studies. 
  • German: 0-230 places into GERM 101; 230-306 places into GERM 102; 307-372 places into GERM 201; 372 or above places into GERM 202 or higher. Students with scores over 480 should talk to Prof. Jay Coffman to determine appropriate placement in upper-level German courses in order to pursue a minor in German studies or international studies. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Spanish senior instructor Douglas Jackson and USC Upstate Spanish student Ron Fuentes (center of top row in photo above) work in China with teachers to share strategies for teaching English to speakers of other languages. Here teachers, parents, and students celebrate the end of the program with Ron and Douglas. 

Languages, Literature, and Composition

World Language Programs
Dr. Celena Kusch

Department Chair
Dr. Araceli Hernandez-Laroche
Assistant Chair
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Study Abroad Opportunities
World Languages Lab

To schedule an appointment with tutors in Spanish, French or Chinese stop by HPAC 136 or call 864-503-5883.

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Department of Languages, Literature & Composition
HPAC 222
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Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5688
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