ROMANCE LANGUAGES MAJOR
If you choose a Romance Language major, you will take courses which explore the study of literature, language, and culture. Learning these valuable concepts will lead to a development of language proficiency and an insightful discovery of the cultures of areas of the world where these languages are spoken.
In this major we offer two tracks: Languages with a Business Focus and Languages and Literatures.
The Languages with a Business Focus track will allow you to combine your interest in and/or facility with a foreign language with a sequence of selected business courses to create a program that employers desire: someone with a degree and training in the area of business and a sophisticated competency in another language. It is widely known that all businesses are increasingly global in their approach, and so the need for speakers of foreign languages is on the rise. This combined major will prepare you to help your future employer compete on a rapidly changing business landscape.
The Languages and Literatures track will give you the opportunity to combine your interest in and/or facility with a foreign language with your interest in reading and studying the great literature of other cultures. You will take courses which explore the study of literature, language, culture, and linguistics -- valuable concepts that will lead to a development of language proficiency and a discovery of the cultures of areas of the world where these languages are spoken.
In our Romance Languages Major, students work in two languages, one primary and one secondary. Possible combinations include:
Prepare yourself for a new world
Students who major in Romance Languages at St. Thomas Aquinas College prepare themselves for a new global world without borders. According to Vivien Stewart, in her essay “Becoming a Citizen of the World”:
The new skill set that students will need goes well beyond the United States' current focus on the basics and on math, science, and technology. These skills are necessary, of course, but to be successful global citizens, workers, and leaders, students will need to be knowledgeable about the world, be able to communicate in languages other than English, and be informed and active citizens.
According to a recent survey by CNN Money, fluency in a foreign language is one of the hottest skills employers seek today. At St. Thomas Aquinas College we help our students to acquire the linguistic skills, cultural understanding, and practical hands-on experience (through internships) they need to operate in multinational corporations all over the world.
The Romance Language major becomes familiar with Spanish, Italian and French-- the languages and cultures of all the places in the world where those languages are spoken.
Exciting Campus Activities
As part of the Romance Languages major, students can join our Italian Club, coordinated by Dr. Maria Roglieri, Professor of Italian. In recent years, the club has hosted a variety of Movie Nights, Gelato Nights, and Bocce Night – and Dr. Roglieri has taken students on trips to Ellis Island, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the acclaimed Mario Batali restaurant, Eataly.
There is no better way to truly understand a language than immersing yourself in its culture, among its native speakers. St. Thomas Aquinas College offers a variety of opportunities to study abroad, whether coordinating with other universities that have campuses across the globe, or taking classes on our campus that include the chance to travel. One such course, Italian Language and Culture, offers students a semester long study of the rich heritage of Italian art and literature and, during spring break, a guided trip to Italy to experience all aspects of Italian culture in person.
Proficiency in two foreign languages helps majors find employment in the private and public sectors. And our Romance Languages with Business Focus prepares you in a much more specific, carefully directed way – especially with the kinds of internship opportunities we can offer.
Denize Lauture, Assistant Professor of French
Dr. Gonzalo Plasencia, Professor of Spanish
Dr. Maria Ann Roglieri, Professor of Foreign Languages