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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 in reading, writing, communication, math and critical reasoning that will be essential to college learning and success.

First-Year Experience and Curriculum

Studies show that the first year of college is most critical for sustained success.  Trinity nurtures students through this important first year, in the following ways:

  • All students are paired with a CAS Advisor who guides students to reflect on their goals, interests, and strengths, and then to select courses that fulfill General Education requirements and align with those intentions and proclivities.
  • Advisors also connect students to the Trinity resources they need, ranging from writing center to tutoring to academic skills or health and wellness support.
  • Advisors encourage students to get involved in athletics, campus activities, campus ministry through the Division of Student Affairs. Campus engagement and sense of social belonging fuel well-being and academic success.
  • All students complete a set of interesting Foundational courses that are designed to build critical skills for future learning and success. These courses are taught by Instructional Specialists who have expertise in their subject areas (reading, writing and math) as well as deep expertise in how to promote student learning.
    • Foundational Courses include: CRS 101, CRS 102, ENGL 107, MATH 102, 108 or 109, COM 110, BIOL 103, HIS 220, PHIL 103, and SOCY 242. (See General Education Curriculum)
  • Upon completing the First Year Curriculum, 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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