About Classical & Modern Languages Department

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 and provides a skill set that uniquely equips the second language learner for today’s diverse workplace and globalized economy.

Truman is the place to study languages. You can major in Classics (Latin/Greek) or in Modern Language with specialization in French, German, Spanish or a combination of languages. You can pursue a minor in ChineseFrench, French Minor in Translation, German, Greek, Italian Studies, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, and Spanish for the Professions. We also offer Interdisciplinary minors in Asian StudiesClassical Studies, and Foreign Language Teacher Preparation. 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.

Rachel Flynn-Whyman awarded distinguished Outstanding Beginning TeacherRachel Flynn-Whyman awarded distinguished Outstanding Beginning Teacher

February 14, 2021

Congratulations to Truman alumna Rachel Flynn-Whyman (B.A. Spanish ’18, MAE Spanish ’19), Exploratory Spanish Teacher at Fox Middle School in Arnold, Missouri, for winning one of the distinguished Outstanding Beginning Teacher awards from MACTE – the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Graduates like Rachel continue to demonstrate Truman’s level of excellence in preparing […]

Five Truman alums at Lindberg High School in St. LouisFive Truman alums at Lindberg High School in St. Louis

February 3, 2021

Truman represents!! The Modern Language program is strong at Lindberg High School in St. Louis with not one, but FIVE Truman alums. These graduates have taken their language specializations from the Classical and Modern Language Department and their training in foreign language instruction through our MAE-FL program to become stellar teachers, passionately dedicated to bringing […]

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