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College of Arts & Sciences | General Education Curriculum

Overview of CAS Gen Ed Curriculum

The college’s General Education Curriculum has seven goals:

  1. Read, understand, and analyze texts
  2. Communicate effectively in speech and writing
  3. Understand and use quantitative reasoning to solve problems
  4. Locate, evaluate, and synthesize information in the construction of knowledge
  5. Explore and connect fields of knowledge in the liberal arts
  6. Develop facility for moral reasoning and examine the moral and religious dimensions of human experience
  7. Develop capacities for responsible citizenship and leadership in diverse communities

Purpose of the Curriculum

This curriculum teaches students the value of broad intellectual inquiry and fosters the resilience and inventiveness essential to success.  At the same time, it helps students build foundational skills so that they can excel in advanced study and learn to become leaders.

First-Year Experience

Studies show that the first year of college is most critical for sustained success.  Trinity’s First Year Experience sustains and nurtures students through their most vulnerable year, in the following ways:

  • All first year students participate in assessment of their skills before classes begin.  Students are then placed in courses that fit their abilities and needs.
  • Each new student will join a “learning community” course with others who share her academic interests.
  • The learning community professor will also be the student’s advisor for the whole first year.
  • Learning communities link students’ classroom experiences with co-curricular programming, including visits to the theater and field trips relevant to students’ interests.
  • Upon completing the First Year Experience, students will be ready to apply their foundational skills to any discipline.

Preparing for the Workplace

Trinity believes in preparing students for professional success as part of the undergraduate experience.  The Gen Ed curriculum prepares students for reflective, responsible leadership through application of liberal learning to real-world experience, by helping students to engage in internships, peer mentoring, public service, and other experiential learning projects.


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