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Writing Enhanced Courses
The projected outcomes of students' skills, habits, and attitudes, while distinguishable, are not separable; they blend together to produce the ability to write well and think critically. Cognition, writing process, and the written product interact and mutually reinforce one another.
As a result of Writing-Enhanced Courses, students will:
Interdisciplinary, Writing-Enhanced Junior Seminar
"Education must prepare one for life in a complex world in which critical ideas, issues, and decisions require more than a single mode of inquiry or knowledge base. Increasingly, educated citizens must simultaneously apply a range of understandings, skills, and attitudes. Indeed, one of the hallmarks of a lifelong learner is the ability to draw upon the diversity of one's education in addressing new situations."
Interdisciplinary study should offer a model of how connections can be made. It should expose students to multiple ways of thinking about issues, problems, and concepts. It should enable the simultaneous use of multiple modes of inquiry and demonstrate that their source of power is synergistic rather than additive. It should help students construct their own mental frameworks of retrievable knowledge. And it should make possible an evaluation of competing and complementary ways of knowing.
Upon completion of the Interdisciplinary, Writing-Enhanced Junior Seminar, students will have engaged:
An intercultural perspective is more than the observation of cultural differences or a celebration of ‘exotic’ food and clothing styles. Rather, a meaningful intercultural perspective arises from direct experiences with cultural diversity and cultural interactions. In a rapidly changing world, understanding cultural differences is important in fostering a perspective of global concern and acceptance of a range of cultural responses. We learn to thrive in diverse work and living environments. Our lives are enriched by the presence of diverse people and ideas. We become aware of the political and social significance of cultural differences. The exchange of ideas becomes multifaceted and complex when two or more cultural perspectives are engaged. A student who has successfully completed the intercultural perspective should be prepared to approach intercultural interactions with awareness and attentiveness.
Coursework and study abroad experiences can foster a student’s intercultural perspective, as can service learning, internships, and other intensive experiences designed to create an environment for intercultural interaction.
Students completing the Intercultural Perspective requirement will:
The study of a foreign language opens the door to a new world of understanding of people, customs, literature, history and information, and is, therefore, a crucial element of the liberal arts. The ability to use a foreign language and to understand the culture of its speakers will serve students well as they confront a world increasingly aware of its interdependency. Students who complete the foreign language requirement of completion of the *second semester of an elementary language sequence will:
*or a higher level if so placed.
Each extended Freshman course will begin with an intensive Freshman Week Experience which provides a supportive environment for the student's academic and social transition to Truman.
By midterm of the first semester at Truman State University, each student will:
By the end of the first semester, each student should:
"Truman week was my favorite thing about freshman year, by far! I met so many incoming freshmen as well as other students during this time. I had a blast with all of the activities that went on and learned so much more about Truman at the same time."
– Marek Bush ’14, Justice Systems major, Psychology minor