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 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 Club Ñ, 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
May 9, 2018
This past Saturday, April 28, was the examination day for students wishing to earn a professional certificate with the Paris Chambers of Commerce. The certification is aimed at students or professionals wishing to certify their language skills with a diploma, during or at the end of their training. Students can take the test in seven […]
April 18, 2018
On Thursday April 5th 2018 Truman’s annual Student Research Conference (SRC) was held. This year, three French students presented their capstone research which was coordinated by Prof. Ron Manning . Celine Fuchs, advised by Dr. Sana Camara, presented her translation of Le crépuscule des elfes by Jean-Louis Fetjaine for her minor in translation. Sabrina Wiser, advised by Dr. […]