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"We value the humanities, the truths in literature, the nuances of grammar, the lessons from history, and the evolution of languages.  We value communication and the power of spoken words.  The languages we teach are alive and are used every day all over the world.  We are global citizens." Salvador A. Oropesa, Ph.D.

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Languages Student Spotlight

National Scholars in the Language and International Health (L&IH) major: Breauna Franklin and Carly Malcolm

Breauna and Carly are 2 of 4 National Scholars in the Language and International Health (L&IH) major. Breauna is a junior from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, with a community development and Spanish emphasis, as well as a Chemistry minor. She volunteers at the Sullivan Center, is a peer dialogue facilitator for the CU1000 course, and is currently working on a capstone project addressing LGBTQ issues on campus. Carly is a senior from Highpoint, North Carolina, with a community development and Spanish emphasis, and is pursuing two minors: Political Science as well as Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Outside of the classroom, Carly has interned with the American Public Health Association in the office of Access and Equity, is involved with interpersonal violence prevention on Clemson’s campus as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a member of Clemson UNICEF, and Clemson College Democrats.

Why L&IH?

Breauna chose this major because she’s planning on going to medical school after college, and loved how this major allowed her to pursue her passions in both the Spanish language and Health Sciences, a unique combination that will make her medical school application stand out. 

Carly said that L&IH caught her eye due to her interests in health policy and disadvantaged populations, and she liked that it had a modern language component that would enable her to communicate with the people she’s helping. READ MORE

Photo: Carly Malcolm (left) and Breauna Franklin (right)



Languages Faculty Spotlight

Citizen of the world: Professor of French Eric Touya

CLEMSON – Professor of French Eric Touya came to Clemson 11 years ago from the “south-west of the south-west of France,” somewhere between Dax and Bayonne, near the birthplace of Vincent de Paul and Maurice Ravel, and not very far from illustrious authors and thinkers like Montaigne and Montesquieu. It’s about as far away from South Carolina, geographically and culturally, as one can get—but Touya has made it his life’s work to bring those two worlds together and show his students the Earth is much smaller than we imagine.

“Eric Touya brings to Clemson the best of the philological and enlightened European traditions of thought. It is a tradition of research and teaching rooted in the evolution of ideas and the inalienable concept of citizenship,” said Salvador Oropesa, chair of Clemson’s Department of Languages. “The idea is that we, students and professors, are citizens of the world, with rights and duties; we learn from the past to make a better future. Dr. Touya has been a champion of the Language & International Trade program because it puts together the humanities and the ethical creation of wealth to make a better world.” READ MORE