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.
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:
- Cultural studies
- Romance literature
- Foreign language pedagogy
- International affairs
- International development
12 November 2015 | 4:37 pm
Claire Albrecht (2012) now teaches Latin at Cair Paravel Latin School. Thanks to her liberal arts training, she was also able to teach philosophy and world mythology during her first year on the job. Her favorite class at Truman was GREK 301 where she read all of Euripides’ Medea in the original Greek. Kayla Brooner […]
1 October 2015 | 7:31 pm
The Classics Club has some interesting events coming up! Join us on October 4 for a Greek Dinner at Thousand Hills State Park and on October 9 for our Homerathon on the Quad. For more info on times and details, please contact email@example.com.