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

Graduating Senior Receives Fulbright GrantGraduating Senior Receives Fulbright Grant

May 7, 2024

Eileen Finley has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant (ETA) by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Finley is a graduating senior majoring in German and political science and international relations, with a computer science minor. While completing this competitive fellowship, she will spend 10 months teaching English language and American studies in Saxony, […]

Dr. Stacy Davis and Dr. Elizabeth Naranjo-Hayes presented at the Kentucky Foreign Language ConferenceDr. Stacy Davis and Dr. Elizabeth Naranjo-Hayes presented at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference

April 24, 2024

Dr. Stacy Davis and Dr. Elizabeth Naranjo-Hayes traveled together to present at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, April 18th-20th, at the University of Lexington in Lexington, Kentucky. Both professors gave papers in their respective fields: “Teaching 19th-Century Peninsular Literature: Useful Tools for an Engaging Asynchronous Online Delivery” (Davis) and “Meeting in the Middle: Sociophonetic Convergence […]

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