About Classical & Modern Languages Department

Liberal Arts Culture

The study of a second language engages people in the exploration of cultural diversity: new worlds of people, customs, literature, and history suddenly become more understandable when they can be approached directly through the primary language. It is one of the cornerstones of a liberal arts and sciences education and provides a skill set that uniquely equips the second language learner for today’s diverse workplace and globalized economy.

Truman is the place to study languages. You can major in Classics (Latin/Greek) or in Modern Language with specialization in French, German, Russian, Spanish or a combination of languages. You can pursue a minor in ChineseFrench, French Minor in Translation, French for the Professions, German, Greek, Italian Studies, Japanese, Latin, Russian Studies, Spanish, and Spanish for the Professions. We also offer Interdisciplinary minors in Asian StudiesClassical Studies, and Foreign Language Teacher Preparation. Many students choose more than one.

The Department of Classical and Modern Languages also supports the Master of Arts in Education French and Spanish degrees.

Norgard Receives Innovation AwardNorgard Receives Innovation Award

August 13, 2019

Amy Norgard, assistant professor of classics, earned a spring 2019 Academic Innovation Award. She was recognized for Living Latin through Modern Music, in which she introduced a semester-long project called Carmen Diei (“Song of the Day”), which had students singing and translating modern songs in Latin.

New Italian Textbook Ready for Fall SemesterNew Italian Textbook Ready for Fall Semester

August 1, 2019

Dr. Carlo Annelli has completed a new textbook for students of Italian at the introductory level. Figurati! An Economical Approach to Elementary Italian will be used in both Italian 101 in the Fall semester and Italian 102 in the Spring. It consists of twelve chapters and two appendices spanning a total of 179 pages. Dr. […]

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