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

Amy Norgard published a chapter in edited volume “Women in Classical Video Games”Amy Norgard published a chapter in edited volume “Women in Classical Video Games”

September 13, 2022

Amy Norgard, associate professor of classics, published a chapter in edited volume “Women in Classical Video Games” (eds. Draycott and Cook, Bloomsbury), which was released on Sept. 8. Despite the prevalence of video games set in or inspired by classical antiquity, the medium has to date remained markedly understudied in the disciplines of classics and ancient […]

CML Awards Ceremony 2022CML Awards Ceremony 2022

August 1, 2022

CML Awards Ceremony 2022 On April 26, 2022, CML celebrated student and faculty successes.  Faculty members presented awards to outstanding students from various language disciplines. Each year, the Department of Classical and Modern Languages hosts a reception to honor the accomplishments of students.  Awards given to “Outstanding Students” for the various major disciplines, graduating with […]

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