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2010-2011 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2016 
2010-2011 General/Graduate Catalog - Expires August 2016 [Archived Catalog]

Liberal Studies Program Requirements (31-57 credit hours)

Essential Skills (8-16 credit hours):

Writing as Critical Thinking (3 credit hours):

Speech (0*-3 credit hours):

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

Elementary Functions (0*-5 credit hours):

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

Statistics (3 credit hours):

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 and New Student Programs introduce freshman students to e-mail, library databases and basic search techniques, Internet resources, and copyright and privacy issues. Imbedded 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.

Modes of Inquiry (19-24 credit hours):

 Modes classes may be used to satisfy other degree requirements.

Qualitative Modes (9 credit hours)

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

Aesthetic – Literature (3 credit hours):

Philosophical/Religious (3 credit hours):

Quantitative Modes (10-15 credit hours)

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

Mathematical (3-5 hours):

Scientific – Life Science (4 credit hours):

Scientific – Physical Science (4-5 credit hours):

Interconnecting Perspectives (4-17 credit hours):

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, including LSP: Modes of Inquiry. 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 credit hours):

Intercultural Perspective (0*-5 credit hours):

(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 credit hours):

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 hour):

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