Liberal Studies Program Requirements

Regardless of the major you pursue, every undergraduate student at Truman engages in a broad scope of inquiry through our Liberal Studies Program, the foundation of Truman’s well-rounded education. Instead of training for one narrow career path, you study a wide range of ideas and perspectives so you are well-equipped to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Essential Skills

  • Writing as Critical Thinking (ENG 190)

  • Public Speaking (COMM 170)

  • Precalculus (MATH 186)
  • College Algebra (MATH 156) & Plane Trigonometry (MATH 157)

  • Basic Statistics (STAT 190)
  • Statistics (STAT 290)

  • Lifetime Health and Fitness (HLTH 195) & Lifetime Physical Activities (HLTH 196)
  • Lifetime Health and Fitness (HLTH 198) & Personal Fitness Lab (HLTH 198L)
  • Intro to Military Science I (MS 100) & Intro to Military Science II (MS 101)

Qualitative Modes (Complete 3 of 4)

  • Aesthetic: Visual & Performing Arts
  • Aesthetic: Literature
  • Historical
  • Philosophical/Religious

Quantitative Modes (Complete 3 of 4)

  • Mathematical
  • Scientific: Life Science
  • Scientific: Physical Science
  • Social Scientific

Interconnecting Perspectives

  • Truman Week (INDV 101)
  • Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar (JINS)
  • Intercultural Perspective
  • Elementary Foreign Language Proficiency

Major Program Requirements

Complete a Major Field of Study

To view the degree requirements for a specific major, look at the Academic Programs section in our Course Catalog. Truman also offers more than four dozen minor fields of study to supplement your major (you are not required to have a minor).

Additional Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Bachelor of Music (BM)

  • Intermediate Foreign Language Proficiency
  • Missouri Statute Course
  • Two Writing-Enhanced Courses

Bachelor of Science (BS)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

  • Additional math and science-based courses (minimum 6 semester hours)
  • Missouri Statute Course
  • Two Writing-Enhanced Courses

Why Truman


John Riti

I chose Truman because of the affordability and its academic reputation. I looked at other schools, both public and private, and discovered that Truman is on par academically with so many universities but for a fraction of the cost. I knew that I wanted a stellar education but didn’t want to graduate with thousands of dollars in debt, so Truman fit that mold perfectly.

John R., English Major, Communication & Film Studies Minor