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International Studies Kick Off

Join us to learn more about this new degree offered through the Departments of Foreign Languages and Political Science. Games and refreshments will be provided

 

March 11, 2020 @ 1 p.m.

Scofield Hall, room 109

 

Fight Against Racism Takes Up the Tools of History

The Festival of the Archers, Flanders (1493), Royal museum of fine arts, AntwerpResearchers reveal the exploitation of medieval imagery and language by white supremacists

White Nationalists and neo-Nazis have misused medieval imagery and language to support their cause. Faculty from the University of Missouri-Kansas City are working to reveal the true histories and explore the connections between contemporary issues and medieval concepts of race, gender and identity. Continue reading

French

Students who have earned the MA degree in Romance Languages & Literatures with French Emphasis at UMKC are employed as teachers and in other disciplines throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area and at the national level.  Our alums work in the foreign service officers, in cultural services, and in museums. Others are translators both in the US and abroad.  And some students choose to continue their studies to earn a doctoral degree in linguistics, comparative literature, medieval and francophone studies.

Students will complete 30 credit hours (10 courses) of which no more than 12 credit hours (4 courses) may be completed at the 300/400 level. Students must complete at least 18 credit hours (6 courses) at the 5500 level and demonstrate proficiency in one other language (usually Spanish, Italian or German). Students generally complete an independent study in their last semester of course work that will prepare them for their final examination (oral and written) by working individually with a professor.

Consult the UMKC catalogue for detailed information on the M.A. in Romance Languages: French Emphasis or contact the graduate advisor, Dr. Nacer Khelouz for further information.

German and Classics

German

Students who choose to study German at UMKC will learn the German language and study German and Austrian literature, culture, and politics. The German faculty teach courses and do research in a variety of disciplines including language pedagogy and literary theory in addition to German theater, film, and music.  Courses in the German program are always innovative, inspiring, and interdisciplinary!

Minor in German

Many students choose to minor in German along with their primary major. The minor consists of six courses (18 credits) beyond the 200 level, of which 12 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level. More information on the requirements for the German minor can be found here.

Minor in German Studies

For students interested in the cultures and histories of the German=speaking countries, a minor in German Studies combines some language learning with coursework across many disciplines. Students must take two courses (6 credits) in the German language at any level, and may take more than two; 9 credits must be in coursework at the 300-level or above. More information on the requirements for the German Studies minor can be found here.

German Undergraduate Advisor

Contact Dr. Scott Baker for more information and major advising.

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Classics

Students who choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Languages and Literatures with an emphasis in Classics will study ancient Greek and Latin texts with professors hailing from the departments of English, History, Art History, and Anthropology. For more information on this truly interdisciplinary program, go to the Classical and Ancient Studies Program.

Classics Undergraduate Advisor

Contact Dr. Jeff Rydberg-Cox for more information and major advising.

International Studies

The International Studies program fosters cultural and political literacy while also developing foreign language proficiency. Students will advance their language skills in French, German or Spanish, and gain knowledge of political structures and international relations in general and in a global region of their choice. The program straddles both Foreign Languages and Political Science departments while also offering students a broad array of interdisciplinary courses across several other departments. Intercultural competencies form the core of the program, and students are required to take part in a study abroad program or do an internship in a local organization or business that has international connections. If you are interested in the world beyond the United States, this program is for you!

Bachelor of Arts: International Studies

Students who choose to major in Languages and Literatures with a French emphasis will take twelve courses (36 credits) above the 200 level. More information on the specific major requirements and the degree requirements more generally can be found here.

International Studies Undergraduate Advisor

Contact Dr. Scott Baker for more information and major advising.

UMKC/UMSL offer first Transnational Student Research Course with U. of Hamburg in FS18

During the nineteenth century, large numbers of German migrants settled in the state of Missouri. In this three-credit online course in public history (HIST 400B/5500B), students from the universities of Missouri in Kansas City and St. Louis will collaborate with German peers from the University of Hamburg in researching and writing short interpretive essays on the everyday lives of German migrants before, during, and after their migration.
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Two UMKC French Alums Receive Fund for Teachers Grants

Three teachers in Independence, Missouri, hold signs about their 2018 Fund for Teachers grantsTwo UMKC French alumni, Katy Foudree Owens and Brandi Pruente have been awarded Fund for Teachers Grants to attend the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) congress in Martinique this summer.

The AATF convention is an immersion opportunity allowing educators to work on their French language skills while learning more about teaching practices.

“We in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, particularly in French, are thrilled for their success,” said UMKC French professor Dr. Kathy Krause. Continue reading