Liberal Education: Interdisciplinary Exploration and Integration All students are required to complete a Liberal Studies Program which includes these major components:
- Essential Skills
- Modes of Inquiry
- Interconnecting Perspectives
In addition to this common core of 38-54 semester hours, each student completes two writing-enhanced courses. Moreover, a candidate for the Bachelor of Science degree must take an additional 6 hours of quantitative or formal reasoning-based courses, and a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in one foreign language.
The Major: Focus and Depth
The disciplinary major provides a focus for applying and for concretely developing the skills, knowledge, and values initiated in the Liberal Studies Program and reinforced throughout the curriculum. The major is the means to study a field in depth, to integrate the knowledge, methods, and values of the discipline with real-world practice, and to foster the further development of individuals capable of succeeding in the nation’s best graduate and professional programs as well as securing outstanding career opportunities. The majors are characterized by curricula that engage students in rigorous study of the breadth and depth of the discipline. Meaningful academic advisement, small communities of learning, research activity, honors programs, and integrative capstone experiences in each major enrich the student’s study of the major and help achieve the University’s liberal learning objectives.
Truman offers majors in the following disciplines:
- Accounting (BS)
- Agricultural Science (BS)
- Art (BA)
- Art, with Studio Art Concentration (BFA)
- Art, with Visual Communication Concentration (BFA)
- Art History (BA)
- Biology (BA or BS)
- Business Administration (BA or BS)
- Chemistry (BS)
- Classics (BA)
- Communication, with Public Communication, Communication Studies, or Journalism Concentrations (BA)
- Communication Disorders (BA or BS)
- Computer Science (BS)
- Creative Writing (BFA)
- Economics (BA or BS)
- Education (See MAE below)
- English (BA)
- Exercise Science (BS)
- French (BA)
- German (BA)
- Health Science (BS)
- History (BA or BS)
- Interdisciplinary Studies (BA or BS)
- Justice Systems (BS)
- Linguistics (BS)
- Mathematics (BA or BS)
- Music (BA)
- Music, with Composition, Instrumental, Piano, or Vocal Concentrations (BA)
- Music: Performance (BM)
- Nursing (BSN)
- Philosophy and Religion (BA)
- Physics (BA or BS)
- Political Science (BA or BS)
- Psychology (BA or BS)R
- Romance Language (BA)
- Russian (BA)
- Sociology and Anthropology (BA or BS)
- Spanish (BA)
- Statistics (BA or BS)
- Theatre (BA)
The Graduate Major: Advanced Study or Professional Preparation
Truman offers six select graduate programs whose missions complement the undergraduate Liberal Arts & Sciences design. Students may choose from the following majors:
- Accountancy (MAc)
- Athletic Training (MAT)
- Biology (MS)
- Communication Disorders (MA)
- Education (MAE)
- English (MA)
- Leadership (MA)
- Music (MA)
The Accountancy, Communication Disorders, and Education degrees prepare students with liberal arts & sciences backgrounds for service to the community and beyond with advanced preparation in each professional field. Degrees in Biology, English , and Music provide advanced study in a liberal arts & sciences field, preparing students for further graduate work or a related career.
The philosophy of the faculty at Truman promotes one-to-one interaction and an “open door” office policy. Truman’s faculty displays a strong commitment to quality teaching and to serving as positive role-models in and out of the classroom. Our limited enrollment allows for an approximate 16:1 student/teacher ratio with over three-fourths of our full-time faculty holding doctorates or terminal degrees. Approximately 95 percent of our freshman classes are taught by regular faculty who represent most major graduate institutions in the United States and several graduate institutions abroad. A listing of faculty and their credentials can be found at http://catalog.truman.edu/content.php?catoid=10&navoid=463
The catalog – http://catalog.truman.edu/ – is the source for university detailed information on policies and programs. Information ranges from withdrawal procedures to course descriptions to student activities.
Information on important dates, advising and registration, adding and dropping courses, grades, fees, and fee payment, financial aid, general information and course information can be found at http://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/academic-resources/schedule-of-classes-fees/.
Textbook information can be found on the University Bookstore website – http://www.truman.bkstr.com, providing the International Standard Book Number and retail price information of require and recommended textbooks. The bookstore website can also be found on the Current Course List at http://www.truman.edu/registrar/registration/open-courses/current-course-list/.
Students, faculty, and staff share the primary responsibility to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity. Detailed information on copyright infringement policies and sanctions is found at copyright.truman.edu and copyright.truman.edu/copyright-101/. Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may result in civil and criminal liabilities.
Copyright Infringement Penalties
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorney’s fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov and their FAQ at www.copyright.gov/help/faq. (Student Financial Aid Handbook). In addition, members of the University community who engage in any activity that infringes copyright-protected materials may be subject to disciplinary action.
Use of University computing resources and facilities requires that individual users act in compliance with the University policies and procedures as detailed in the Student Code of Conduct, the Staff Handbook, and the Faculty Handbook. In accordance with applicable state and federal regulations Peer-to-peer file sharing is limited to a percentage of a user’s available bandwidth and collectively to a percentage of the University’s overall bandwidth. Additional information regarding acceptable use of electronic information can be found at the following sites:
Truman State University has signed formal program-to-program transfer articulation agreements with a number of community colleges.
Truman State University has also entered into agreements with selected graduate schools for programs in health-related areas who provide Truman graduates with priority consideration.