Students in the academic programs offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages 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.

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Student Opportunities

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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, Costa Rica, Japan, Spain, and Guatemala are led or organized by Classical and Modern Languages faculty members. Scholarships are also available for study abroad.

Resources for Prospective Students

Departmental News

Service-learning event at Milan C-2 High SchoolService-learning event at Milan C-2 High School

March 27, 2024

Dr. Elizabeth Hayes’s SPAN 455 / CML 529G: Introduction to Translation and Interpretation course just did a service-learning event at Milan C-2 High School on Friday, March 22. They presented a “what to do after high school” career and college resource presentation BILINGUALLY with all information accessible in English and Spanish (since Milan High has a […]

Presentation of THE TUTORPresentation of THE TUTOR

March 18, 2024

Toward the end of FS23, students from Classical and Modern Languages with support from the Theater Department presented THE TUTOR (Der Hofmeister), an adaptation of an 18th-century play by the 20th-century playwright, Bertholt Brecht. After a week of rehearsals and study of Brecht’s work in its historical context, students presented the play on Friday evening, […]

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