Languages at USC Upstate

World Languages and Global Studies

USC Upstate students can open new worlds of opportunity at home and abroad by studying one of our five languages: American Sign Language, Chinese, FrenchGerman, and Spanish. Current students may find out more about the world language placement test and which world language courses are right for you on our Division site under "The Dome." Follow us on Twitter @LLC_Upstate to find out what is happening in world languages today. 

Photo of USC Upstate Students in Altea, Spain, standing on an overlook on the coastAs our largest world language program, the Spanish major and minors prepare students to communicate in Spanish and to connect Spanish with various professions in the competitive global marketplace of the Upstate and beyond. Students pursuing a B.A. in Spanish focus on the language, literature, and culture of Spanish and Latin American countries and communities both past and present. Literature, film, and culture courses as well as study abroad opportunities in Spain, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica immerse students in the life and experiences of the Spanish-speaking world.

Throughout the US, Spanish studies are quickly growing, and the Spanish major ranks as the most popular second major nationwide. Students who cannot double major in Spanish can pursue a range of minors that can help build skills and show employers that you have the global and intercultural competencies they demand. The annual New Global South Summit brings together faculty, students, community members, and worldwide experts to explore the future of our interconnected world. 

The Minor in Global Studies combines intermediate-level study of Chinese, French, German, or Spanish with a broader exploration of global cultural interactions, including a study abroad experience. This minor also meets the cultural and language requirements of USC Upstate’s Peace Corps Prep Program.

Many USC Upstate are bilingual by the time they enter the University. Minors in Spanish translation/interpreting learn both theory and practical applications of translation and interpreting in healthcare, legal, business, and education professions. Advanced coursework in translation, interpretation, and Spanish for the professions helps students prepare for careers in a bilingual marketplace, while internships and service learning opportunities in translation and teaching English to speakers of other languages demonstrate the way Spanish can help make a real difference in many lives.

Photo of USC Upstate French Club officers standing in front of the French flagMinors in world languages allow students to combine their interest in language and culture with a major in business, health care, engineering, technology, communications, criminal justice, child advocacy, education, or nearly any other field. Our minors prepare students to research, analyze, create, and communicate more effectively across audiences and cultures. These skills can significantly increase career competitiveness. Minors in FrenchGerman StudiesSpanish and Spanish Translation/Interpreting prepare students for careers working with companies, organizations, schools, and communities from throughout the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. Global companies like BMW, Michelin, Dräxlmaier, and others headquartered in the Upstate region seek talented employees who can communicate and work across languages and cultures as they carry on business around the globe.

Photo of Students working on a project at a computerWorld language teachers are also in high demand, and students with advanced language skills may use them to gain certification to teach through PACE or other post-graduation certification programs. Our world language faculty are actively involved with state-wide and national associations of teachers of world languages, where they work closely with K-12 schools and teachers throughout South Carolina. Now in its 20th year, the Reflections Workshop for world language teachers, founded by Dr. June Carter, brings dozens of teachers to USC Upstate each year for professional development with national leaders in world language teaching.