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, Russian, Spanish or a combination of languages. You can pursue a minor in ChineseFrench, French Minor in Translation, German, Greek, Italian Studies, Japanese, Latin, Russian Studies, 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.

Truman State University Academic Innovation Award: Stacy Davis and Michelle BoydTruman State University Academic Innovation Award: Stacy Davis and Michelle Boyd

November 17, 2020

Congratulations to Stacy Davis and Michelle Boyd, Fall 2020 winners of the Truman State University Academic Innovation Award. In “‘Flipping’ the Language Classroom: Using Flipgrid to Increase Student Participation,” Dr. Davis examines the use of Flipgrid, a free social learning platform, that allows for more student communication in the target language outside of the classroom. With […]

Truman Alumna Michaela Hylen-Parisi makes special guest appearanceTruman Alumna Michaela Hylen-Parisi makes special guest appearance

October 22, 2020

Truman Alumna Michaela Hylen-Parisi (Class of 2018) made a special guest appearance in Dr. Stacy Davis’s CML 608 Methods of Foreign Language Instruction course on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Ms. Parisi, who now teaches French at Raymore Peculiar HS in Kansas City, shared an interactive workshop and engaging discussion with our future language educators about […]

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