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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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

Dr. Wen Earns Academic Innovation AwardDr. Wen Earns Academic Innovation Award

June 27, 2022

Dr. Wen was recognized for incorporating the latest research findings from second language studies and learning sciences. This method promotes the creative use of the target language as the goal of learning. Learning a second language in this way leads to integrated and dynamic knowledge of the language, which is easy to apply to new […]

Ross Jones selected as ‘22-’23 Fulbright Mentor for Galicia, Spain.Ross Jones selected as ‘22-’23 Fulbright Mentor for Galicia, Spain.

April 28, 2022

Congratulations to MAE alumnus Ross Jones (BA Spanish ‘20, MAE-FL Instruction ‘21) for being selected as the ‘22-’23 Fulbright Mentor for Galicia, Spain. In addition to his duties as a mentor for the 40 other Fulbright grantees in the region, Ross will also teach English in a local high school. Ross writes, “I am very […]

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