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.

Available Degrees/Concentrations in Art:

  • 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)
      • Ceramics
      • Fibers
      • Painting
      • Photography
      • Printmaking
      • Sculpture
      • 3D Studio
      • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Minors
    • Art Studio
    • Art History
    • Design

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.

Available Degrees/Concentrations in Classical & Modern Languages:

  • Master of Arts in Education
    • French
    • Spanish
  • Bachelor of Art (Major)
    • Classics (Latin/Greek)
    • Modern Language (Specialization in French, German, Russian, Spanish or a combination of languages)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Minor)
    • Chinese
    • French
    • French for the Professions
    • French in Translation
    • German
    • Greek
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Russian Studies
    • 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.

Available Degrees/Concentrations in English & Linguistics:

  • 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 and African Diaspora Studies
    • Asian 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.

Available Degrees/Concentrations in Music:

  • 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.

    Available Degrees/Concentrations in Theatre:

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

    A Place Where Learning Comes Alive

    Our engaged learning community provides a place where you can express yourself and pursue your passions. 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

    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.

    Baldwin Hall

    Baldwin Hall

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

    McClain Hall

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

    Explore Our Facilities

    Art Exhibits
    Recitals & Concerts
    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.

    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.

    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.

    Chinese New Year Celebration

    The Society for Sino-American Studies held a Chinese New Year Celebration to help usher in the Year of the Dog.

    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.”

    Rachel Feder 1

    Truman is a supportive and personal community. At Truman, you can count on the fact that your professors will know your name, say “hi” to you on campus, ask about life, and go out of their way to help with everything from research to internships to studying abroad.

    Rachel F.

    Featured Events

    Moonlight: Movie and Discussion
    October 2 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    University Orchestra Concert
    October 3 • 7:30pm - 9:00pm

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