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 400 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 2015, Truman ranked 9th among Master's Institutions for the number of Fulbright grants awarded. This federal grant provides funds for studying or working abroad after graduation.
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.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Undergraduate degrees offered by Truman include the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Truman offers more than forty areas of study in the following disciplines: Accounting, Agricultural Science, Art, Art History, Athletic Training, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Classics, Communication, Communication Disorders, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Exercise Science, French, German, Health Science, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Justice Systems, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy and Religion, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Romance Languages, Russian, Sociology/Anthropology, Spanish, and Theatre.
Professional paths include but are not limited to dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and veterinary medicine.
The teaching degree at Truman is the Master of Arts in Education. Students wishing to pursue a teaching career first complete a bachelor's degree in an academic discipline and then apply for admission into professional study at the master's level. Master's programs in special education, elementary education, middle school education, and secondary education are available.
Truman also offers Master's level degrees in Accountancy (MAc), Biology (MS), Communication Disorders (MA), Counseling (MA), English (MA), Leadership (MA) and Music (MA).
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.
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.”