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.

Degrees and Programs




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

“Star Trek and the Ancient Past” Special Conference“Star Trek and the Ancient Past” Special Conference

November 15, 2023

Dr. Amy Norgard, Associate Professor of Classics, has been participating in the Antiquity in Media Studies Virtual Conference (from Nov 10-18, 2023), an organization which studies the reception of antiquity in contemporary media. Dr. Norgard co-organized 5 panels at the conference on the theme of “Star Trek and the Ancient Past” which features 14 research papers […]

Staging Mythology in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson MusicalStaging Mythology in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

November 15, 2023

Dr. Amy Norgard, Associate Professor of Classics, recently teamed up with the cast and crew of the Truman Theatre production of The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical for a special event on Staging Mythology. A scholar on the receptions of ancient literature in contemporary media, Dr. Norgard discussed the mythological underpinnings of the Percy Jackson franchise. […]

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