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

Congrats to CML 2023 TruScholar Lauren Holsapple working with Dr. ENHCongrats to CML 2023 TruScholar Lauren Holsapple working with Dr. ENH

April 5, 2023

Congratulations to Lauren Holsapple (BS Linguistics ’26, BA Music ’26), who was awarded $3500 from the Office of Student Research to fund her Summer 2023 TruScholars research project. During the TruScholars program, Lauren will work with her faculty mentor, Dr. Elizabeth Naranjo Hayes, to conduct a research study relevant to both language acquisition and music. […]

Hailey Alvis awarded $3500 for Student ResearchHailey Alvis awarded $3500 for Student Research

March 17, 2023

Congratulations to Hailey Alvis (BA Spanish ’23, Spanish MAE ’24) who was just awarded $3500 from the Office of Student Research to fund her Summer 2023 TruScholars project, “Revamping L2 Assessment Practices.” In collaboration with her mentor, Dr. Stacy Davis, Hailey will examine the benefits of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) regarding innovative ways to […]

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