Romance Languages Major
As a Romance Language major, you will explore the deep connections and diverse cultural patterns among the different languages making up the Romance Language family: the array of Spanish-speaking, Lusophone, Italian-speaking and Francophone societies of Latin America, Africa, North America, and Europe.
Explore Bridges Between Cultures
After completing intermediate proficiency in both Spanish and French, you will continue the program by comparing different Romance Languages using junior-level linguistics, supplemented by a survey of courses in the areas of French, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish. By your senior year, you will apply your knowledge by writing an extensive research paper addressing the language, literature, culture, history, and/or civilization of at least two Romance languages and the societies they represent.
At Truman, you will get the one-on-one attention you need, thanks to our 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Full professors teach all your classes – not grad students. Conversation tables in French, Italian and Spanish – along with peer-learning programs – provide informal avenues, both academic and social, for building and sharing your language mastery and understanding of diverse Romance cultures.
Polish Your Skills Beyond the Classroom
Participate in one or more of our many Study-Abroad and Internship Abroad Programs, which include semester and/or summer stays in Argentina, Brazil, Quebec, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Italy, La Réunion, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland (Lausanne), and Uruguay.
Or immerse yourself right here at home by living in the Romance Language Wing of Missouri Hall – a semi-immersion residential living option where you can speak your target language(s) as much as possible. You’ll be paired up with a like-minded roommate at approximately the same skill level for daily practice.
Romance Language Majors can join extracurricular groups such as Spanish Club, the Romance Language House, French Club, Italian Club, Eta Sigma Phi/Classics Club, French Student Theatre, and more. You can also participate in visiting speaker events, colloquia, film series, and student-led theatre and dance presentations each year in various Romance languages.
Graduate Into Success
Our graduates now use their language skills in places such as:
- Graduate School
Georgetown Univ., NYU, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- ESL instruction
Puebla, Mexico and Alcobendas, Spain
- Library and non-profit work
São Tomé e Príncipe and Tanzania; Columbia, MO
- Private sector jobs
Zirtual, Tiffany & Co., International Language Center of St. Louis, Renderance Translation Services
One of our graduates accepted a Fulbright assignment in Andorra.
The major prepares you for advanced study in fields such as:
- Cultural studies
- Romance literature
- Foreign language pedagogy
- International affairs
- International development
12 October 2016 | 2:52 pm
Follow senior Classics major Jordan Noland on her adventures around the Aegean while studying abroad in Greece. Explore the excavation and finds at the ancient temple of Apollo, Mandra on the island of Despotiko. “Diaries of a Traveling Classicist”: Studying Abroad in Greece Wednesday, Oct. 19 7:00 pm VH 1144
29 September 2016 | 10:22 pm
10 Truman Classics students and faculty visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum to see the featured exhibit “Luxury: Treasures of the Roman Empire.” The exhibit featured jewelry, coins, dining cups and accoutrements, and mosaics from throughout the Roman Empire (c. 100-500 CE). A great time was had by all!