December – May – August
Upcoming Interim Dates
Winter Interim: December 17, 2016 – January 14, 2017
May Interim: May 13 – 27, 2017 (some courses will overlap into the first May Summer Session)
August Interim: July 29 – August 12, 2017
Winter Interim: December 16, 2017 – January 13, 2018
Truman’s Interim Sessions – held in December, May, and August – are a little-known resource for getting ahead on your degree while enjoying outstanding learning opportunities. While courses are offered in each of Truman’s three interim sessions, the greatest variety of opportunities are typically found in December and May. However, various departments also schedule internships, clinical experiences, and practicum courses which include (or sometimes overlap) interim sessions. Check out the current Open Course list for the latest offerings in interim sessions.
What’s the Difference Between an Interim Course and an Interim Workshop?
Both courses and workshops are offered during interim sessions. While both charge tuition, and both offer academic credit, the structure of these learning opportunities may be different and there are different rules governing how these experiences can apply toward your degree. An interim course is just like any other course except that it’s offered during the abbreviated 3-week timeframe of an interim session. These courses are sometimes major courses, LSP courses, or special electives. Because of their short duration, writing enhanced and JINS courses are not offered during the interim. A workshop (sometimes called an interim workshop because they almost always run during interims) is a class focused a narrower topic of interest students. Workshops provide an opportunity for students and faculty to explore subjects that are not covered by the normal courses offered in the academic catalog. One of the chief differences between courses and workshops is that students may not count more than six hours of workshop credit toward graduation.
While courses are normally listed in the Open Course list with their departmental designation (such as HIST, COMM, PHRE, ART, etc.) workshops will carry their departmental prefix and have a course title that begins with WKSP.
For catalog information on Workshops, click here.
Registering For Interim Courses and Workshops
Because of their short duration, students are asked to register for interim courses and workshops in a slightly different fashion than a normal semester course. Take the following steps to register:
1. Identify the course(s) you are interested in taking on the Open Course List.
2. Go to the Cashier’s Office and pay for the course(s) you wish to take in the Interim.*
3. Once you’ve paid, go in person to the Registrar’s Office and register for the course(s). At present it is not possible to register for these courses online.
*If you are unable to pay in full for your interim course up-front, talk to the Student Accounts Office. Payment plans can be arranged to meet your needs.
The maximum standard class load for the summer term is 9 credits. The maximum standard class load for an interim session is one course or workshop. Students desiring to enroll in more than the maximum standard class load should have either a 3.0 GPA for the semester (excluding summer school) immediately preceding the semester in which the overload is desired or a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. The student must obtain the permission of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to carry an overload. Additional tuition costs are incurred by taking an overload.
Workshops and clinics are short, concentrated study experiences with unique purposes and objectives, examining content and issues not otherwise addressed in the curriculum, sometimes utilizing unique pedagogical experiences and techniques. Students interested in such workshops should examine the University website for a description of available workshops. No more than 6 credits earned through workshops may be applied toward undergraduate degree requirements.
For information pertaining to policies and procedures for registration and withdrawal, visit the University Registrar at http://registrar.truman.edu/
Use this website to explore the possibilities of Summer Session at Truman, or contact our office with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-785-5384.