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.

Opportunities for Hands-on Language Learning

Students who choose to live in the Romance Languages House can experience a semi-immersion living-learning community. Other opportunities to enhance your language skills include weekly conversation tables in all languages; service learning opportunities with native speakers in the community, in the schools, and Taiwan Connect with schools in Taiwan; and immersion weekends in different languages.

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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

CML Planetarium ShowsCML Planetarium Shows

November 15, 2022

Pre-MAE and MAE future language teachers worked hard, practicing for over a month, to deliver two engaging planetarium shows for our annual CML Language Festival held on Thursday, November 10th: “El viaje por el sistema solar” and “Le voyage à travers le système solaire.” Many thanks go to graduate students Miranda Forbes (MAE-Spanish) and Wolf […]

Truman alumnus Brian Jacobs’ visitTruman alumnus Brian Jacobs’ visit

November 15, 2022

Truman alumnus Brian Jacobs, B.A. Music/German ‘15, MAE Music Education ‘17, dedicated part of his last visit to campus to spend time with MAE and pre-MAE language students talking about the joys and challenges of language instruction. After Truman, Jacobs went on to receive a Graduate Certificate in Teaching German from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln […]

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