About the School of Arts & Letters

 

Everyone has something they are passionate about, and the School of Arts and Letters at Truman encourages you to pursue your passion through rich academic and artistic experiences that help you reach your professional goals. As part of this dynamic, engaged community of learners, you explore the ways people have sought to express themselves and the world around them as you develop your own talents to make the world a better place.

Our Departments

The Department of Art offers aspiring artists a plethora of degree options to help cultivate skills and interests while preparing students for success in jobs markets or graduate school.

  • Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA)
    • Studio Art
      • Ceramics
      • Fibers
      • Painting
      • Photography
      • Printmaking
      • Sculpture
    • Design
      • Print/Web
      • 3D Modeling, Animation, and Motion
  • Bachelor of Art (BA)
    • Studio Art (Major)
      • Art History
      • Ceramics
      • Fibers
      • Painting
      • Photography
      • Printmaking
      • Sculpture
      • 3D Studio
      • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Studio Art (Minor)
    • Art
    • Art History
    • Design
    • Photography
The Department of Classical and Modern Languages undergraduate program immerses students in language, culture, history, and literature to help achieve native-speaking proficiency.  The graduate program prepares students for successful and meaningful careers in education.

  • Master of Arts in Education
    • French
    • Spanish
  • Bachelor of Art (Major)
    • Classics (Latin/Greek)
    • French
    • German
    • Romance Languages
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts (Minor)
    • French
    • French in Translation
    • German
    • Greek
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Spanish for the Professions
  • Bachelor of Arts (Interdisciplinary Minor)
    • Asian Studies
    • Classical Studies
    • Foreign Language Teacher Preparation
The Department of English and Linguistics undergraduate program offers students freedom to tailor the major to individual interests in world literature, film, literary theory, creative writing, folklore, or linguistics while honing the craft of textual analysis and developing an advanced understanding of literature.  The graduate program provides students with a detailed understanding of areas of interest while preparing students to succeed as scholars, teachers, and critics

  • Master of Arts
    • Education
    • English
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts (Major)
    • English
  • Bachelor of Arts (Minor)
    • English
    • Linguistics
    • Applied Linguistics
    • African-American Studies
    • Asian Studies
    • Celtic Studies
    • Cognitive Science
    • Disability Studies
    • Environmental Science
    • Film Studies
    • Folklore
    • International Studies
    • Medieval Studies
    • Women and Gender Studies
  • Bachelor of Science
    • Linguistics
The Department of Music equips undergraduate and graduate students with a comprehensive academic background in the field of music, the advantage of private instruction and practice with well-known artists/teachers, and the opportunity to perform in nationally renowned instrumental and choral ensembles

  • Master of Arts
    • Music
      • Conducting: Vocal Emphasis
      • Conducting: Instrumental Emphasis
      • Instrumental Performance
        • Woodwind
        • Brass
        • Percussion
        • Strings
      • Music History/Research
      • Piano Performance
      • Theory/Composition
      • Vocal Performance
    • Education
      • Vocal
      • Instrumental
      • Piano
  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Education
      • Pre-Certification
    • Music
      • Liberal Arts Concentration
  • Bachelor of Music
    • Performance
      • Choral & Vocal
      • Clarinet
      • Double Reeds
      • Flute
      • Horn
      • Jazz
      • Low Brass
      • Percussion
      • Piano
      • Trumpet
      • Saxophone
      • Strings
    • Composition
    • Theory/Composition
  • Minor
    • Music
    • Jazz Studies
  • The Department of Theatre offers students a comprehensive understanding of the literature, cultural context, and history of theatre and extensive practical application in acting, design, tech, and directing.

    • Bachelor of Arts
      • Theatre (Major)
      • Theatre (Minor)

    School of Arts & Letters

    A Place Where Learning Comes Alive

    Our engaged learning community provides a place where you can express yourself. Discover art studios, music rooms, theaters, classrooms and study areas that inspire creativity and collaboration. And build relationships with mentors who can guide you as you learn useful information and insights.

    Ophelia Parrish Building/Fine Arts Center

    The Fine Arts Center in the Ophelia Parrish Building is home to the School of Arts and Letters and serves as the hub for Truman’s art, music, and theatre programs. Here you will find beautiful performance and gallery spaces, including the James G. Severns Theater, a 240-seat courtyard theater. There’s also a 500-seat performance hall that has fantastic acoustics and is perfect for vocal and instrumental recitals. You can find faculty and student works on display in the University Art Gallery.

    Ophelia Parrish Building/Fine Arts Center

    Baldwin Hall
    The newly renovated Baldwin Hall houses foreign language computer labs and tutor rooms, music practice rooms, collaborative study rooms, classrooms and more.
    Baldwin Hall

    McClain Hall
    This building houses a number of departments including the Classical and Modern Languages, Creative Writing, and English, Linguistics.

     

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    News

    School of Arts and Letters: Spring 2018

    April 30, 2018

      Student News The Truman State University chapters of Phi Mu Alpha and Sigma Alpha Iota, in partnership with the Truman Music Foundation, sponsored a full day of musical activities, learning, and collaboration with the Des Moines Symphony Woodwind Trio on Friday, April 13. Eight English students—Mary Smreker‑Bruce, Bailey Alexander, Grace Brewer, Amy Jereb, Kelly […]

    Earn Professional Certificates with Paris Chamber of CommerceEarn Professional Certificates with Paris Chamber of Commerce

    March 1, 2018

    Since May 2017 the Classical and Modern Languages Department has been offering students the opportunity to earn professional certificates with the Paris Chamber of Commerce. The certification is aimed at students or professionals wishing to certify their language skills with a diploma. Students can take the test in seven different fields (business, tourism, international relations, law, […]

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