Students in the academic programs offered by the Department of Languages and Linguistics become versatile thinkers and proactive doers who can connect with diverse communities around the world. Students come away with a firm knowledge of languages, customs, literature, and history that guide other cultures while being equipped with the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to make a difference in their communities and beyond.

Academic Programs

Multidimensional Learning Environment

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Languages at Truman

Regardless of your major, being proficient in a foreign language can boost your career opportunities. Whether you want to study abroad, teach, pursue government work, or conduct international business, you can give yourself an edge by building a foreign language into your studies.

World Languages Living-Learning Community

Opportunities for Hands-on Language Learning

The World Languages Living-Learning Community offers a unique on-campus living option for students with a strong interest in languages and cultures. Other opportunities to enhance your language skills include weekly conversation tables; service learning opportunities with native speakers in the community, in the schools, and Taiwan Connect; and immersion weekends in different languages.

Study Abroad in Mexico

Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad programs in China, Mexico, Japan, Spain, and Guatemala are led or organized by Languages and Linguistics faculty members. Scholarships are also available for study abroad.



Languages and Linguistics students participate in internships in Kansas City; Nashville; New York City; and Washington, D.C.; as well as locations abroad such as China and Taiwan.

Resources for Prospective Students

Departmental News

Mexico Pedagogical Collaboration: Dr. Stacy Davis, Ross Jones, and Kathleen PlackeMexico Pedagogical Collaboration: Dr. Stacy Davis, Ross Jones, and Kathleen Placke

July 16, 2024

Truman alumni Ross Jones (now teaching at Mascoutah High School in Illinois) and Kathleen Placke (now teaching at Ritenour High School in St. Louis) traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with their former Truman professor, Dr. Stacy Davis. Together, they spent two weeks working at the Spanish Experience Center, collaborating with language teachers to hone their […]

Graduating Senior Receives Fulbright GrantGraduating Senior Receives Fulbright Grant

May 7, 2024

Eileen Finley has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant (ETA) by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Finley is a graduating senior majoring in German and political science and international relations, with a computer science minor. While completing this competitive fellowship, she will spend 10 months teaching English language and American studies in Saxony, […]

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