Affiliation: Interdisciplinary Studies
Degree programs in interdisciplinary studies are defined by, and were developed through, the following objectives:
Knowledge – Students who successfully complete an IDSM degree:
1. Understand advanced concepts, terminology, methodology, subject matter, problems, and issues from multiple academic disciplines;
2. Are aware of the strengths and limitations of individual academic disciplines; and
3. Develop and increase the precision and depth of one’s understanding of issues and academic disciplines by employing multiple perspectives, experiences, and approaches.
Skills – Students who successfully complete an IDSM degree:
1. Develop the writing, speaking, analyzing, and computing abilities expected of all Truman students;
2. Recognize connections between traditional academic disciplines and integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines to develop a better understanding of a single issue;
3. Communicate knowledge using the conventions of multiple academic disciplines; and
4. Develop a versatility of thought that allows one to apply knowledge learned to issues and problems associated with varied subject areas.
Attitudes – Students who successfully complete an IDSM degree:
1. Recognize the importance of individual disciplines as a means to address problems and to generate knowledge;
2. Understand the interconnectedness of knowledge and academic disciplines;
3. Appreciate the value of a liberal education; and
4. Value “life-long learning.”
Students who enroll at Truman are not guaranteed the opportunity to major in interdisciplinary studies. The program is intended for students with strong academic records, high motivation, a clear sense of direction, and the desire to design a challenging academic program. Accordingly, students who wish to pursue this degree must apply for admission into the program. A faculty oversight committee and the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies use the following guidelines to identify successful applicants:
1. Students must complete one year of classes at Truman as full-time students before they can apply to the program; transfer students with 60 or more credits may apply to the program after one semester at Truman as full-time students.
2. Students must have a Truman GPA of at least 2.80.
3. Students must propose an individualized curriculum plan that is commensurate with the philosophy, focus, intentions, size, and rigor of other Truman major curricula.
4. Students must submit a written statement identifying their academic goals and the course of study they wish to pursue in interdisciplinary studies. In some cases, the faculty oversight committee may require additional supporting documentation or an interview with a candidate.
5. Students must complete at least 50 credits taken in semesters that begin after their program of study is approved.