From The School
The Liberal Studies Program is the heart of Truman's curriculum and is intended to serve as a foundation for all major programs of study. The philosophy behind the Liberal Studies Program is based upon a commitment that Truman has made to provide students with essential skills needed for lifelong learning, breadth across the traditional liberal arts and sciences through exposure to various discipline-based modes of inquiry, and interconnecting perspectives that stress interdisciplinary thinking and integration as well as linkage to other cultures and experiences.
Students at Truman complete a "capstone," or culminating experience their senior year. This experience prompts seniors to reflect on the knowledge they have gained throughout their learning experience and to integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of liberal learning with an in-depth understanding of the major.
Truman also offers a challenging Honors Scholar Program. Students have the opportunity to select the most rigorous honors courses to satisfy the liberal arts component of their respective programs. Those who successfully complete this program benefit from an even richer academic experience at Truman and receive special recognition at graduation. Departmental honors are also available in several disciplines.
Students at Truman are active both inside and outside of the classroom. More than 500 Truman students participate in enriching and life-changing study abroad experiences each year. Students can participate in programs ranging from a couple weeks to a year in duration, and can choose from numerous destinations worldwide. In recent years, Truman has continued to rank among the top 25 in the nation among master's level institutions for number of students studying abroad, according to the "Open Doors" survey conducted by the Institute of International Education.
Truman offers a wide variety of experiential internships, a required component of some academic programs. The "Truman in Washington" program provides work-experience opportunities in the nation's capitol in such areas as foreign affairs/diplomacy, government affairs, criminal justice, international relations, health and human services, and communications as well as other areas. Truman also offers internship opportunities with the Missouri State Legislature. In recent years, students have completed internships with United States senators, the United States Supreme Court, the governor of Missouri, business and industry managers, advertising agencies, physical therapists, and artists.
If you are looking for “value,” check out Truman State University. “Few schools
can provide a similar undergraduate experience at a comparable price.” Most
current students were hard-pressed to find a better deal than they got at this
“highly regarded,” “very affordable” school located in Kirksville, Missouri. A
high percentage of students receive financial aid and/or scholarships making
Truman “far more affordable than other institutions.” One out-of-state student
who experienced this firsthand says, “It was far cheaper for me to go to Truman
than to any of the schools in my own state or to any private school to which I
applied. Between Truman scholarships and private scholarships, I’m basically
being paid to go here. My friends from high school are already panicking about
how they’re going to pay off their loans, and knowing I’m graduating debt-free
is the best feeling in the world.” Students do not appear to be sacrificing quality
for a cheaper education. They say professors “really push you to work hard.”
They are all “very qualified,” and students say, “Grades actually reflect the student’s
qualifications.” Small class sizes enable “fantastic one-on-one experience
between professors and students.” “The faculty care way more about teaching
than about their own research or interests.” Classes are “small and engaging,”
and “Nearly all [professors] are available beyond their scheduled office hours
and do their best to make sure we understand material.” Students did also mention
that there seems to be a lack of funding recently and that “some majors seem
short-staffed.” “Truman could improve by offering more classes and hiring more
professors in order to decrease the congestion in classrooms for the more popular
courses.” One student sums up why this school was a good choice: “I wanted
a college where I could be academically challenged as well as actively involved
in [extracurricular] activities. I wanted to be surrounded by intellectually stimulating
peers and professors in order to gain a comprehensive liberal arts education.
I found all of this at Truman and saved a significant amount of money in
the process.” Another student is concerned that “Truman is a small school and is
not easily recognized on a national scale. In the post-graduation job search, this
fact could become very frustrating.”