French is your gateway to exciting opportunities, and Truman's French major, French Minor and French Translation Minor will prepare you to pursue multiple career paths. You'll develop your French proficiency and gain in-depth knowledge of French civilization and French and francophone literature.
Rigorous and Innovative Classes
Take advantage of our wide-range of courses, from elementary through advanced language study, and upper-level classes in French and Francophone Literature, French Civilization, French Translation and French for international Business.
Related courses in art, mythology, literature, history, geography, politics, or philosophy naturally cross over into French studies - it's what the Liberal Arts are all about.
Our low 16:1 faculty-to-student ratio means you'll get the personal attention you need to succeed. Professors - not grad students - teach all of your classes, and tutoring is available when you need it.
Immerse Yourself in French
Faire du theatre!
Dr. Patrick Lobert, our metteur-en-scène par excellence offers you the opportunity to bring French theatre to the Truman community. Whether you want to be on stage or work behind the scenes, there’s a place for you in Dr. Lobert’s productions.
Learn by Teaching!
Many of our advanced students serve as Peer Teachers. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, they conduct small group sessions with students in 1st and 2nd year language classes.
Turn on Your French!
Take part in the annual French Immersion Weekend. Offered off-campus at Camp Jo-Ota, enjoy outdoor games and activities in French and before the weekend is over, you’ll be thinking in French. You might also want to consider living in the Romance Language House, where there are often other French speakers eager to use their growing skills.
Of course, you'll also want to hone your French by participating in one of our study abroad programs – whether for the summer, for a semester, or for an entire academic year. See the Center for International Education for more information.
Want to teach English in France? Many of our graduates spend an academic year in France through TAPIF – the Teaching Assistant Program in France. As an English TA, you’ll assist the English teachers in a French public school, receive a monthly stipend, and relish your experience of French culture from the inside.
Preparing for Lives That Matter
Your French knowledge and skills will springboard you into a host of professional career choices, from entry-level positions with multinational companies to admission to top grad schools. Choices include:
French companies have created more than 550,000 jobs for Americans, and US companies employ more than 750,000 people in France.
The Department of Classical and Modern Languages hosted area high school teachers and students for the annual Classical and Modern Languages Festival on November 13, 2014. Forty-six sessions were offered by Truman faculty and language majors in 10 different languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Wolof. Language students from eight area […]
Homecoming CML Panel: “Life after Truman” Down Under, SUB Friday, October 10, 2014 10:30 – 11:20 a.m. The Classical and Modern Language Department is pleased to present three alumni in a special panel on ways to re-vision careers in foreign languages. Each of our panelists will give a brief talk about their life after Truman: […]