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:
One of our graduates accepted a Fulbright assignment in Andorra.
If you want to teach, the Romance Language program provides a path for dual secondary teaching certification in Spanish and French through Truman's MAE program.
The major also prepares you for advanced study in fields such as:
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German Conversation Table – also known as Stammtisch, or Kaffeeklatsch — meets every Tuesday from 4-5 pm at “Sweet Expressions” on the square. Join us in honoring an old German tradition of meeting regularly to appreciate each other’s company, practicing the language, learning about the German culture, and picking up new phrases “on the go”.