The Department of French and Italian offers a comprehensive undergraduate program in French language, literature, and culture, as well as Francophone literature and culture from around the world. We offer a summer study abroad option in Paris, and a full semester study abroad program in Angers. Our summer and semester-long study abroad programs in Paris and Angers offer a wide variety of levels to students at all stages of linguistic competence. The major prepares students for a variety of careers in teaching or in graduate studies, as well as in fields such as interpreting, international business, art, art history, and travel.
Additionally, the Department of French & Italian offers a comprehensive undergraduate program in Italian language, literature, and culture. The course sequence Italy and the Italians (ITAL 335-336) is also offered via ITV at the Edwards Campus in Kansas City. Our summer study abroad program in Florence offers a wide variety of levels to students at all stages of linguistic competence. The major prepares students for a variety of careers in teaching or in graduate studies, as well as in fields such as interpreting, international business, art, art history, architecture, and travel.
M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in French literature, with a balanced emphasis on all periods from medieval through twentieth century. Graduate study is supported through teaching assistantships offered to qualified candidates, who receive thorough training in language instruction. Excellent facilities, strong library holdings, and a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research assure students of a challenging and professional graduate preparation.
The B.A. degree in German Studies offers students a diverse program in the language, culture, and history of German-speaking Europe, including literature, the arts, business, politics, linguistics, and German migrants living in diaspora. The Minor in German Studies provides undergraduate students with a comprehensive introduction to the language and cultural forms of German-speaking Europe.
Graduate degrees in Germanic Languages & Literatures encompass diverse coursework, research, and pedagogical training. Students have the opportunity to explore in depth German literature, culture, linguistics, and second-language acquisition. Particular foci of our course offerings include applied linguistics and pedagogy and German dialects in the United States, along with German literature and culture of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Our graduate students, upon completion of their degrees, pursue both academic and a wide range of non-academic careers.
Undergraduate major concentrations in the Slavic Department include Polish, Russian, and South Slavic: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian.
Undergraduate minors are available in Polish, Russian, South Slavic: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and in Slavic Literatures and Cultures in Translation.
The Masters degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures places almost equal emphasis on Russian literature and Slavic linguistics. This well-rounded approach allows students to continue on to specialized doctoral study in the areas of Russian literature or Slavic linguistics. With its focus on both areas, the MA course of study provides students interested in working professionally with Russian in government or other areas with solid language skills and well-rounded training in the field.
Doctoral Study in the department Slavic Languages and Literatures can be tailored to the doctoral student's interests and future research plans. Doctoral study allow students to pursue a knowledge of a second Slavic language and literature, a minor field, as well as in-depth preparation leading to the doctoral dissertation.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a comprehensive undergraduate program in Spanish language, literature, and culture, as well as Portuguese language and Brazilian literature and cultural studies minor. Our faculty is dynamic, professionally active, and committed to excellence in scholarship and teaching. Currently the program has approximately 200 undergraduate majors. Advanced undergraduate courses in grammar, composition, conversation, literature and culture are offered every semester on campus, and in summer study abroad programs in Argentina, Spain, and Brazil. We offer flexibility in the choice of fields, which are defined both by traditional geographical and chronological parameters, and by thematic topics. Our students represent a very diverse group, and we encourage equally applicants from traditional and non-traditional backgrounds.