Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

Foreign Language

The study of Foreign Languages is critical to becoming visionary leaders in the world today! Also, Spanish Majors and Minors are leaders in a vibrant community of language experts across the Latin American world.

The Department of Humanities offers courses in over seven different languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese. Through an array of multiple language experiences, students are emerged in a global cultural, historical, and contemporary studies of countries around the world. The Foreign Languages program in the Department of Humanities offers one major in Spanish. Students who major and minor in Spanish will have exciting careers as thought-leaders, translators, speakers, teachers, writers, and advocates.


The Foreign Languages curriculum is among the best in the nation. Instructors, who are experts in the fields, holding doctorates from leading universities from around the world, work to develop a curriculum that is student friendly, yet rigorous and exciting. Specifically, the curriculum for Spanish majors and minors is comparable to national standards and prepares students for a wide range of careers and service in the field.

Student Opportunities and Experience

Students will be able to engage in travel opportunities, internships, and experiential learning. The Foreign Languages program works in partnership with the International Studies Program that provides study abroad and learning opportunities for language students as well.

Careers and Outcomes

Careers in this field include professional translators, teachers, scholarship, and community service.

Admissions Requirements

Some orientation to the foreign languages is encouraged.

Claflin Academic Catalog

Courses & Requirements

View the academic catalog to see all courses and requirements.

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