Liberal Education: Interdisciplinary Exploration and Integration
Truman’s Dialogues curriculum provides each student with a strong liberal arts education of requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Regardless of a student’s academic major, The Dialogues commits Truman to helping students develop the skills needed for life-long learning and an engaged future, to supporting breadth of inquiry across the traditional liberal arts and sciences, and to emphasizing interconnecting perspectives that stress interdisciplinary thinking and multiple cultural perspectives.
The Major: Focus and Depth
Each undergraduate major is designed to build on and be integrated with the University’s liberal arts objectives, especially with respect to furthering students’ higher-order thinking skills and fostering opportunities for independent research and exploration.
Truman offers majors in the following disciplines:
- Accounting (BS)
- Agricultural Science (BS)
- Art (BA)
- Art (BFA) with concentration in: Design
- Art (BFA) with concentration in: Studio Art
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BS)
- Biology (BA)
- Biology (BS)
- Business Administration (BA)
- Business Administration (BS)
- Chemistry (BS)
- Classics (BA)
- Communication (BA)
- Communication Disorders (BA)
- Communication Disorders (BS)
- Computer Science (BS)
- Creative Writing (BFA)
- Economics (BA)
- Economics (BS)
- English (BA)
- Exercise Science (BS)
- Health Science (BS)
- History (BA)
- History (BS)
- Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)
- Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)
- Justice Systems (BS)
- Linguistics (BS)
- Mathematics (BA)
- Mathematics (BS)
- Modern Language (BA)
- Music (BA) (General)
- Music (BA) (Pre-Certification)
- Music (BA) with concentration in: Liberal Arts
- Music (BM) with Emphasis Groups
- Nursing (BSN)
- Philosophy and Religion (BA)
- Philosophy and Religion (BS)
- Physics (BA)
- Physics (BS)
- Political Science and International Relations (BA)
- Political Science and International Relations (BS)
- Psychology (BA)
- Psychology (BS)
- Sociology/Anthropology (BA)
- Sociology/Anthropology (BS)
- Statistics (BA)
- Statistics (BS)
- Theatre (BA)
The Graduate Major: Advanced Study or Professional Preparation
Truman offers select graduate programs whose missions complement the undergraduate Liberal Arts & Sciences design. Students may choose from the following majors:
- Accountancy (MAc)
- Athletic Training (MAT)
- Communication Disorders (MA)
- Counseling: Mental Health Counseling (MA)
- Counseling: School Counseling (MA)
- Education (MAE)
- English (MA)
- Leadership (MA)
- Music (MA)
The Accountancy, Athletic Training, 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 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 in the University Catalog
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.
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 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.