World Languages and Global Studies at USC Upstate

World Languages and Global Studies

Spanish and Spanish Interpreting

American Sign Language Interpreting


German Studies

Global Studies and Global Competence Certificate

Peace Corps Prep Program

Study Abroad

World Language Student Tips for Success

World Language Placement Tests and Credit

About World Languages

USC Upstate students can open new worlds of opportunity at home and abroad by studying one of our five languages: American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.

Photo of USC Upstate Students in Altea, Spain, standing on an overlook on the coastSpanish

As 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. 

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. 

Global Studies and Global Competence

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.

The Global Competence Certificate offers a similar opportunity for students who are interested in Global Studies but cannot study abroad to explore intercultural issues and develop cross-cultural skills through interdisciplinary courses on campus and online.

Translation and Interpreting

Many USC Upstate are bilingual by the time they enter the University. Minors in Spanish translation/interpreting and American Sign Language 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 flagWorld Language Minors

Minors 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 French, German Studies, Spanish 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 computerLanguage Teaching

World 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. 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. 

Get Involved

Go to Student Organizations to find out more about how to join our world language clubs or apply to join our chapter of the world language national honor society.

Alpha Mu Gamma National Honor Society

The Alpha Mu Gamma National Honor Society was established in 1931 to honor achievement in all world languages at an early stage in the student's career. Alpha Mu Gamma honors students for outstanding achievement during their first year of foreign language study in college or for achievement throughout their college careers. Upon initiation, a member receives a parchment certificate of membership and may wear the scroll-shaped gold key or pin.

Members coordinate the USC Upstate celebration of National Foreign Language Week in early March and they are eligible to apply for national scholarships. Students are eligible to apply for membership if they have 

  • completed or will have completed one full college academic year by the end of the current term
  • received two grades of “A” in college-level world language or American Sign Language courses
  • have a Grade Point Average of “B” (3.0) or higher in all completed college-level courses not including the two world language or American Sign Language courses 
  • OR are a native of non-English speaking country who has received two grades of “A” in college-level English or English as Second Language (ESL) courses

Applications are accepted throughout the month of March each spring, and they can be picked up in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center, Room 222 and returned to Dr. Carter in Media Building, Room 248B. For more information, contact Dr. June Carter at 864-503-5881 or via email at

American Sign Language Club

The American Sign Language Club helps raise awareness and understanding of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (H.o.H.) cultures and the practice of ASL. 

French Club

Join the French Club, as we explore French culture, foods, people, politics, film, literature, and events. Members develop a greater understanding and love of France and other French-speaking countries and are not required to be in a French class or to speak French.