Everyone has something they are passionate about, and the School of Arts and Humanities at Truman encourages you to investigate the world in creative and thoughtful ways. As part of this supportive community of learners, you explore the ways people have sought to express themselves and the world around them as you develop your own advanced understanding of cultures, arts, people, and how people interact with the world around them. You build a powerful academic foundation that provides you with valuable skills—including problem solving, critical thinking, and communication—you can use your entire life in any career.


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Creative Learning Spaces

Ophelia Parrish Painting Studio

Discover a dynamic learning atmosphere that includes art studios, music rooms, theaters, and study areas that encourage creativity and collaboration.


Inspiring events take place at the School of Arts and Humanities from art exhibits to music and theatre performances to distinguished visiting scholars.

Josh Winkler, internationally exhibiting artist and printmaking sharing his work with Printmaking class

Josh Winkler, internationally exhibiting artist and printmaker, shares his work and process with Printmaking I students.

Mystery writer Laura Hughes teaching a mystery writing workshop on the Truman campus

Laura McHugh, mystery author and Truman alumna, came back to campus for a Clayton B. Ofstad Reading Series presentation and to teach a mystery writing workshop.

University Orchestra collaborating with members of the Boccherini and Puccini Conservatories

The University Orchestra collaborated with six guest musicians from the Boccherini and Puccini Conservatories.

Intermediate Drawing class
Students in Intermediate Drawing Exploration worked from still-life objects generously loaned by the Biology Department.
Make-up and costuming for "Extremities" theatre production

The make-up and costuming teams help prepare the actors for the performance of “Extremities.”

Chinese New Year Celebration

The Chinese Language and Culture Association held a Chinese New Year Celebration to help usher in the Year of the Dog.

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Mission and Goals

Through the work of its students, faculty, and staff, the School of Arts and Humanities exemplifies Truman State University’s liberal arts and sciences mission by:

  • cultivating creative, critical, and interdisciplinary inquiry;
  • providing rich academic and artistic experiences in a supportive environment;
  • serving as a cultural resource for the community, region, and beyond;
  • and inspiring students to lead meaningful, productive, and interconnected lives.

These attainable goals will work to enhance our students’ experience, advance our academic programs, and support our shared Mission.

  • Pursue collaborative partnerships in the broader community.
  • Enhance interaction between our alumni, our faculty, and our students.
  • Increase visibility of our public events.
  • Promote programmatic skills in our programs that have application in the world of work.

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