Classical and Modern Languages Department
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
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.
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
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. […]
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 […]