International Studies Major Fastest Growing Major at Cofc

The College of Charleston’s new International Studies major is the fastest growing major at the College and will celebrate its first graduates in May 2011. The international studies major, housed in the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, was added to the curriculum in fall 2010 and the number of students declared has grown by 175% in just one semester. Read more…

LCWA Faculty Members Awarded R&D Grants

Three School of Language,Cultures and World Affairs faculty members were awarded College of Charleston Research and Development Grants. Emily Beck of Hispanic Studies received funding for her project entitled, “Navigating Courtly Waters: Preparing Noble Daughters to be Future Leaders of Early Modern Iberia.” Lisa Samuel of International Studies received funding for her project entitled, “When Negotiating Trade Means Negotiating Difference: Small Developing States and (in)Justice at the Margins of International Trade Negotiations.” And John Walsh received funding for his project entitled, “From Toussaint to Cesaire: Narratives of the Haitian Revolution in the French Caribbean.” Congratulations!

AIA-South Carolina (Charleston) Society To Recieve an AIA’s Society Outreach Grant

The South Carolina (Charleston) Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) has been selected to receive the AIA’s Society Outreach Grant in support of an archaeological conference to be held at Charles Town Landing in February 2011. Only a handful of these grants are awarded in a given year. The initiative is the result of collaborations between Scott de Brestian, Jim Newhard, and Tessa Garton of the South Carolina Society and Cicek Beeby of Charles Towne Landing.

The conference will focus upon Lowcountry archaeology and its contributions to wider understandings of the past, and will be open to both professional archaeologists and archaeology enthusiasts. The event is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Society of South Carolina, South Carolina State Parks, the Charleston Museum, and the College of Charleston,

The Archaeological Institute of America is the largest professional/avocational organization in the United States, dedicated to promoting understanding of the world’s cultural heritage. Local societies, found throughout the United States, support local initiatives and cultivate interest in archaeology at both the local and global level. The public lecture series sponsored by the South Carolina Society is free and open to the public.

Maria Teruel, Spanish Major Awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Dear Colleagues,

Many of you know Maria Teruel, Spanish major and conscientious President of our Spanish Club. Dr. Andrew Sobiesuo has informed me that Maria was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship ( to support her study abroad in Costa Rica this spring. Please join me in congratulating Maria for this impressive achievement.

Saludos cordiales,

Mark P. Del Mastro
Professor and Chair
Hispanic Studies

Senior Classics Major Melissa Huber Named Finalist for the Lionel Pearson Fellowship

Dear Colleagues,

A bit of good news as we head into Thanksgiving break. Senior Classics major Melissa Huber just received word that she has been named a finalist for the Lionel Pearson Fellowship. The Pearson Fellowship is the top national honor bestowed on an undergraduate by the American Philological Association. Melissa is one of four national finalists for the award. She will be flown out to San Antonio for final interviews during the APA Conference in January. The Pearson Fellowship funds a year of graduate study in Classics at an institution in the U.K. Melissa is the first College of Charleston student to make it to the final round of competition.

Please join me in congratulating Melissa on being named a finalist for this most prestigious fellowship. It is a testament to the terrific work that she has done with us over the years.

– Darryl

Darryl A. Phillips
Associate Professor of Classics

Freeman-ASIA scholarships Available for Study Abroad for the 2012-13 Academic Year

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce that it will re-launch the Freeman-ASIA Program with a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation. Applications can be submitted online starting in January 2011 for study abroad beginning in Summer 2011. Freeman-ASIA scholarships will be available for study abroad anytime through the 2012-13 academic year, with application deadlines listed on the program website.

Freeman-ASIA provides financial support to American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need to study abroad for academic credit during the summer, semester or academic year in one of 15 countries/regions in East and Southeast Asia. Award amounts vary from $3,000 – $7,000 depending on the length of study.

The program’s goal is to increase the number of Americans with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures. Upon their return to the U.S., students are required to promote study in Asia by sharing their experiences with peers on their home campuses and in their communities.

More information is available on the program website at .

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
U.S. Student Programs
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017-3580

Tel: (212) 984-5542
Fax: (212) 984-5325