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2016-2017 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2022 
2016-2017 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2022 [Archived Catalog]

Liberal Studies Program Requirements (31-58 credits)

Essential Skills (8-17 credits):

Writing as Critical Thinking (3 credits):

Speech (0*-3 credits):

*Students have the option to test out of COMM 170.

Elementary Functions (0*-5 credits):

*Students who satisfactorily complete a higher level math course such as MATH 192 Essentials of Calculus, MATH 194 LAS Calculus, MATH 196 Calculus and Mathematical Concepts Life Science, or MATH 198 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I have completed the Elementary Functions Essential Skill requirement.

Statistics (3 credits):

Either of the following courses may be used to satisfy required support, major, or minor requirements.

Computer Literacy:

The Liberal Studies Program includes a multifaceted computer literacy requirement. Workshops offered by the Department of Libraries and Museums in conjunction with the Truman Week Program introduce freshman students to e-mail, library databases and basic search techniques, Internet resources, and copyright and privacy issues. Embedded throughout the curriculum, both in Liberal Studies Program courses and within major programs, are additional opportunities for students to develop facility in word processing, spreadsheets, information retrieval, and the legal and ethical use of technology in research.

Personal Well-Being (2-3 credits):

 Select one of the following options:

Modes of Inquiry (19-24 credits):

 Modes classes may be used to satisfy other degree requirements.

Qualitative Modes (9 credits)

Students must successfully complete three (3) or four (4) qualitative modes:

Aesthetic – Literature (3-4 credits):

Quantitative Modes (10-15 credits)

Students must successfully complete three (3) or four (4) quantitative modes:

Interconnecting Perspectives (4-17 credits):

Writing-Enhanced Courses

All students must complete one writing-enhanced Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar (JINS) course and two additional writing-enhanced courses. (Preferably one writing-enhanced course should be completed in the major and one writing-enhanced course should be completed outside the major.) Selected courses may fulfill other requirements. Writing-enhanced courses are designated with a “WE” before the course title in the Schedule of Classes and on transcripts.

Junior Interdisciplinary Writing-Enhanced Seminar (3 credits):

Intercultural Perspective (0*-5 credits):

(May double-count with other LSP, major, or minor requirements)

All Study Abroad experiences approved for academic credit at Truman fulfill the Intercultural Perspective Requirement.

*Selected courses may also fulfill an LSP: Modes of Inquiry requirement, if cross-listed as an option.

Foreign Language (0-8 credits):

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the first year of a single foreign language, or by demonstrating elementary proficiency as determined by a proficiency examination, or by successful completion of an intermediate or higher level foreign language course. As a proficiency requirement, courses used to demonstrate proficiency may be used to satisfy other degree requirements.

Truman Program (1 credit):

The Truman Program is required during the first semester of enrollment for all students classified as first-time, degree-seeking undergraduates.