What will I learn?

In accordance with its mission as the only public Liberal Arts and Sciences university in Missouri, Truman offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Language with areas of specialization in French, German, Russian, and Spanish. It also offers minors in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, French in Translation, French for the Professions, Italian Studies, Russian Studies, and Spanish for the Professions.

Language study is an essential component of a liberal arts education, but it is not the only component in Truman’s Modern Language B.A. degree. Courses are also offered in literature, culture, linguistics, and professional specialties. The Modern Language B.A. pairs well with the CML minors listed above, as well as with other Truman majors. *

Having proficiency in a foreign language gives students a competitive advantage as job candidates for employers nationwide, the vast majority of whom rely on employees with language skills other than English.** A degree in Modern Language not only opens professional opportunities across the country, but across the globe. Truman’s Modern Language majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad, with the full support of the department and university.


Modern Language majors will:

Engage in conversation and make formal presentations in the modern language

Write in a variety of personal and professional contexts

Read and understand texts written for a native speaker audience

Interpret between spoken languages in a variety of situations

Translate written messages and texts from one language to another

Mediate between two or more modern languages

Adapt to other cultures and navigate between them and their own

Understand diverse perspectives with empathy and openness

Reflect on one’s own culture in relation to others

Better comprehend and communicate in one’s own language

Examine “writing about research” in various classes, specific to the chosen language of specialization.

You have a passion for learning about other cultures. You yearn to travel and experience the world. And you want to broaden your mind and develop communication skills in understanding, speaking, reading and writing another language. Truman offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in modern language with areas of specialization:

  • French
  • German
  • Russian
  • Spanish

You can focus on one language or heighten your language ability even further through a combination of more than one area of specialization. Because of its relevance to so many other fields, the modern language major is a popular choice for students pursuing multiple majors.

The modern language major positions you to thrive in a variety of fields:

  • international business
  • hospitality
  • journalism
  • healthcare
  • government work
  • international relations
  • translation
  • linguistics
  • education
  • law
  • political science.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Letters

Study options

Full Time (35 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$30,536.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected June, November 2022

Start date

10 January 2022


School of Arts and Letters

Ophelia Parrish 1101,

100 E. Normal Avenue,



63501, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have official documents from all previous educational pursuits. This includes high schools, secondary schools, and universities.

For international students

Students must have official documents from all previous educational pursuits. This includes high schools, secondary schools, and universities.

A minimum score on one of the following English proficiency exams is required for admission:

TOEFL (550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 Internet-based)

IELTS (minimum 6.0)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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