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Languages of Asian Studies

The Asian Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program intended to introduce students to the diverse cultures and regions of Asia. Language courses beyond the 200 level may count toward the Asian Studies minor.  To learn more about each of the Asian language programs available at the College of Charleston, please click on the respective links below:

Arabic - Arabic is among the most widely spoken languages in the world and continues to be designated as a critical need and strategic language. National security and a sharp increase in both public and private sector employment opportunities for Arabic speakers have made Arabic one of the most popular offerings in foreign language studies. Students of a variety of educational backgrounds and programs of study will benefit from the study of Arabic at the College of Charleston.

Chinese - The Chinese Studies Program offers students the opportunity to study the language, history, and culture of the world’s most populous nation. Core courses include first- through third-year Chinese language, along with courses on Chinese literature and culture in English translation. Interdisciplinary courses are offered every year to supplement language learning and to give students with little to no background in the language the opportunity to learn more about China’s past and its place in the world today. Special topics offerings include courses in comparative literature, cinema, religion, politics, and business. The program also offers independent studies courses based on students’ needs, along with numerous opportunities for funded study abroad. An interdisciplinary Chinese Studies minor is planned for 2019.

Hindi - The Hindi Studies Program offers first- and second-year courses in Hindi, one of India’s official languages. As one of the few accredited college or university programs offering Hindi in the Southeast US, study of the language can lead to many opportunities for scholarships and overseas studies. General and independent studies courses on Indic history and culture are offered to meet specific demands.

Japanese - At the College of Charleston, we attempt to provide our students with one of the most comprehensive Japanese programs in the state of South Carolina. In addition to satisfying the two-year language requirement, we offer third and fourth year courses for students who wish to study the language further. Along with the language courses, literature courses in English translation are offered for students who do not speak Japanese but are interested in Japanese culture. The College has an exchange program with Kansai Gaidai University of Foreign Studies in Osaka, Japan, through which students can study for a semester or a year.