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

Truman CML students – Masters of Arts in Education-Spanish – are back to school!Truman CML students – Masters of Arts in Education-Spanish – are back to school!

January 18, 2023

Miranda Forbes, Emma Guenther, and Natalie Vance are currently representing our program in their student teaching internships in Clayton High School, Fort Zumwalt North High School, and Pattonville High School respectively. Well wishes for an amazing time teaching Spanish. We are proud of the new generation of amazing second language instructors! #GoBulldogs

CML Foreign Language FestivalCML Foreign Language Festival

December 8, 2022

On Thursday, November 10, the Classical and Modern Languages department was able to resume the tradition of the Annual Classical and Modern Languages Foreign Language Festival.  Several high schools were invited to participate in a wide range of activities, such as Italian through Music and Italian Hand Gestures, French & Food, Writing in Japanese and […]

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