French & Italian

French, Italian, and Francophone studies in the Department of French and Italian ensure that our students succeed in an interconnected world. We offer comprehensive undergraduate major programs with three tracks: French, French and Italian, Italian. Students may also minor in French or in Italian. We offer rigorous courses of study leading to the M.A. and the Ph.D. in French. Course work in the Department of French and Italian gives students a valuable and useful linguistic tool; offers cultural training for students specializing in other fields; prepares prospective language teachers in French and Italian; and trains majors in the literature, culture, and civilization of France, Italy, and the parts of the world where French is a major language of communication, including Québec and large parts of the Caribbean, Africa, and Southeast Asia. The Department welcomes qualified students from all disciplines, regardless of major.

Study Abroad Scholarship Application Deadline: March 13, 2015

If you're applying for Study Abroad in a French or Italian program this summer or fall, be sure to apply for a scholarship from the Department of French and Italian. Applications are due Friday, March 13, 2015, by 5:00 pm. To apply, download the following forms and turn in by the deadline. Recipients will be announced after Spring Break.

FRIT Study Abroad Application Instruction Letter for Summer and Fall 2015

FRIT Study Abroad Application

FRIT Study Abroad Recommendation

FRIT Study Abroad Student Waiver

Student Advising Report Tutorial


This weekend the University of Missouri-Kansas City hosted the XXXIXth Mid-America Medieval Association Conference, which was well-attended in spite of the weather forecast that delivered its promise of snowy weather by lunchtime! Giving papers in a session organized by Caroline Jewers were Christine Bourgeois and Angela Moots. Christine presented on "The French Mary Magdalene: Secular and Saintly Correspondances and the Creation of a Medieval Saint," and Angela Moots on "Syncope of Self in Chrétien de Troyes' Perceval: The Role of Fainting in Perceval's Exchange of His Childhood for a New Identity." Anna Klosowska from Miami University of Ohio completed the trio of papers with a presentation on "Jean de Meun: 000 and the Occult, 1350-1650." Pictured here are Angela and Christine, along with Kathy Krause, UMKC's French medievalist, who chaired the session.



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