Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
at The Citadel, where our faculty is dedicated to offer our young
men and women knowledge of language and culture which is now a fundamental
and essential tool on the road to leadership and success. Whichever
career our graduates will follow an adequate level of fluency in a
foreign language will be multi-folded. Our global community has constant
growing needs for competent people able to express themselves in more
than one language, which of course means brighter profiles at hiring
times as well as greater financial earnings (click
here for benefits). As a result, Citadel students are declaring
language majors and minors in record numbers (approx. 170 as of March
Our students have access to a wealth of language-related opportunities to complement and enhance their studies.
Our department offers three Citadel summer study abroad programs and the Goethe-Institut forlanguage immersion experiences in France, Germany, Mexico and Spain. Due to the generosity of the American Society of the French Legion of Honor, scholarships will be awarded to qualified French majors and minors participating in The Citadel's program in France in 2010. Additional summer scholarships are provided yearly by the German Studies Summer Stipend (established by The Citadel's German faculty), the Deutscher brüderlicher Bund Sommer-Stipendium (German), the Olmsted Cadet Travel and Cultural Immersion Program (for sophomore and/or junior contract cadets), and Citadel Summer Stipends. A 2009 Department of Defense grant has made available study abroad scholarships for ROTC-contract cadets who study Chinese. Our undergraduates also have a distinguished record in their admission into such prestigious semester-long programs as those at Wake Forest University (Salamanca, Spain), the University of Virginia (Valencia, Spain), and the Goethe-Institut (Germany).
During the academic year and for college credit, qualifying Spanish majors and minors may take advantage of local internships to gain practical experience with the Spanish language. Past internships have included the Medical University of South Carolina, real estate companies, elementary schools and local television.
Majors and minors who demonstrate excellence in their studies may earn membership in one or more of our three honor societies—Pi Delta Phi (French), Delta Phi Alpha (German) and Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)—, ALL students may join our language clubs.
Our department also showcases our students' editorial and creative
writing skills through our very own national, refereed journal
(Spanish) and our campus publication Le
Gaulois Littéraire (French).
On behalf of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, I gladly invite all Citadel students to embark on a linguistic and cultural adventure which will translate into a remarkable benefit for their future profession.
Guy D. Toubiana,