Romance Languages Major

Languages at Truman

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.

Romance Language House

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 House 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:

  • Linguistics
  • Cultural studies
  • Romance literature
  • Education
  • Foreign language pedagogy
  • Business
  • International affairs
  • International development
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