About Classical & Modern Languages Department

“A different language is a different vision of the world.” — Federico Fellini

Liberal Arts Culture

The study of a second language engages people in the exploration of cultural diversity: new worlds of people, customs, literature, and history suddenly become more understandable when they can be approached directly through the primary language. It is one of the cornerstones of a liberal arts and sciences education.

Truman is the place to study languages. With about 40 faculty members teaching 12 different languages, we offer majors in Classics (Latin/Greek), French, German, Romance Languages, and Spanish. Or you can pursue a minor in French, French in Translation, German, Greek, Italian Studies, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Spanish for the Professions.

We offer Interdisciplinary minors in Asian Studies, and Classical Studies. Many students choose more than one.

The Department of Classical and Modern Languages also supports the Master of Arts in Education French and Spanish degrees.

Tagliatelle dinnerTagliatelle dinner

November 11, 2017

Several members of the Club for Italian Appreciation and Outreach (C.I.A.O.) met in Dr. Carlo Annelli’s very own kitchen to make tagliatelle from scratch and enjoy them with a rich bolognese sauce. Dinner included an appetizer of prosciutto e melone and plenty of San Pellegrino sparkling water. A generous slice of tiramisù topped off a […]

Students’ Calligraphy and Paper-Cut Works Are Exhibited in the LibraryStudents’ Calligraphy and Paper-Cut Works Are Exhibited in the Library

November 8, 2017

Students of CHIN 311, Introduction to Chinese Culture, practiced some traditional Chinese forms of art, including Chinese calligraphy and paper-cut in class. Selected works are exhibited on the third floor of the library now. As an attempt to combine cultural practices with theoretical studies, the instructor of this course, Dr. Liulin Zhang, incorporated various culture-related […]

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