Human Relations (B.A.)
This undergraduate program is offered by the School of Professional Studies.
The Human Relations major offers students the opportunity to develop a scholarly perspective in the two major social science areas of psychology and sociology, as complementary ways of understanding human behavior and the social world. This interdisciplinary approach fosters greater intellectual sophistication by demonstrating how these disciplines, both separately and combined, interpret the world and endeavor to answer a wide range of questions concerning human behavior and group life.
The Human Relations major embodies many of the primary goals of the Trinity curriculum by focusing on issues of gender, diversity, social justice, ethics, public policy, and technology. The Human Relations program is committed to experiential and service learning outside the classroom by promoting internships and practica in students’ areas of interest. The program also offers interdisciplinary connections to other academic programs designed for the wider Trinity community. Students of Human Relations encounter numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills and are prepared to continue in graduate school or careers in areas of education, social work, counseling, public policy, the non-profit sector, psychology, sociology, management, and other fields which require social interaction and analysis.
The Human Relations program supports a major in the School of Professional Studies.
Required Courses (36 credits)
ALL of the following courses:
- SOCY 100
- PSYC 101
- SSC 207
- MATH 110
- SOCY 311
- HUMR 499 Senior Seminar
ONE of the following psychology courses:
- PSYC 211
- PSYC 221
- PSYC 231
ONE of the following sociology courses:
- SOCY 321
- SOCY 421
TWO additional sociology courses at the 200-level or higher (students may substitute ONE HUMR course*)
TWO additional psychology courses at the 200-level or higher (one course may be PSYC 490: Practicum; students may substitute ONE HUMR course*)
ONE additional approved psychology, sociology, or human relations course (may be PSYC 490: Practicum)
*Human Relations electives include:
- HUMR 211
- HUMR 212
- HUMR 301
- HUMR 350
- Prerequisite HUMR 211
Human Relations students with junior or senior status in their major are eligible for:
- PSYC 490
- PSYC 491
Selected interdisciplinary, business, economics, philosophy, political science, and graduate courses in counseling MAY also be substituted for one of the required electives WITH permission of the student’s advisor and/or chair of the program (no more than one of these courses may be counted as part of the total of 12 required courses for the major).
Course Selection and Planning
Students should obtain an Academic Plan which includes suggested sequencing for human relations courses from their advisors or the chair of the program. The Academic Plan is also available on Self-Service. The suggested sequencing sheet lays out an overall plan for the correct sequencing and timely completion of courses in the major. It also includes information on prerequisites for major courses, such as the prerequisite of MATH 109 for MATH 110, which in turn is a prerequisite for SOCY 311 (or PSYC 301), which in turn is a prerequisite for HUMR 499
Credits earned from AP examinations do not count toward the major.
Students applying for credit from CLEP examination results should consult with the program faculty.
Grades in Major Courses:
Only courses in which the student has earned a C or above can be accepted as fulfilling major requirements, including the Senior Seminar course.
Courses fulfilling major requirements may not be taken pass/no pass.
Students applying for credit in experiential learning should consult with the program faculty.
Credits in courses equivalent to those required for the major from a similar institution may be accepted towards the major. Students majoring in human relations must take a minimum of two psychology and two sociology courses at Trinity in addition to HUMR 499.