General Studies (B.A.)
Trinity’s general studies students hone their critical thinking and writing skills while enjoying the flexibility of choosing their own areas of focus according to their interests and experiences. We provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to academic learning based on the view of human knowledge as integrated, related to experience and inseparable into different spheres. Our students attain skills and knowledge at the intersection of different academic disciplines in a coherent program of study.
An excellent degree completion program for students with transfer credits, our general studies program allows for a specialization in humanities or for the creation of an individualized degree program. We prepare students for many post-degree paths, including employment in the helping professions, human resources, public relations, public policy and government-related fields as well as graduate study in these areas or in general studies, law and business.
Featured CoursesENGL 271 Literature of the African DiasporaIntroduces students to the study of literature written by authors of African descent in Europe and the Americas and explores the development of an international and multicultural consciousness with Africa and the Diaspora as its referents. Formerly ENG 204 Literature of the African Diaspora.
General Education Requirement: Knowledge and Inquiry GST 100 Humanity and CultureThe Introductory Seminar in the Humanities Concentration fosters an appreciation of the diversity among world cultures as well as the commonalities of human experience as reflected in cultural expression in art, language, and principles of conduct. Formerly LST 100.
3 credits GST 101 Fundamentals of EconomicsDesigned as an overview of economics for non-business majors, students review the essential theories in macroeconomics and microeconomics through lectures, case studies, team exercises, and problem sets, learning how economists apply economic analysis in dealing with a variety of everyday problems. Students study markets and firms, the allocation of resources for the economy as a whole, and the linkages between world economies.
3 credits GST 212 Fundementals of AccountingAccounting is the language that is used to communicate financial information about an organization to those who wish to use that information to make optimal decisions. The external users of financial information are investors, lenders, and government regulatory agencies such as the federal, state, and local tax administration. They use the output of the financial accounting system, namely, the income statement and the balance sheet. The internal users of accounting information, the managers, need information about the relationship between expenses, volume of sales, and profit in order to manage revenues and costs efficiently. They depend on accurate and timely information that is generated by the managerial accounting system within the firm. This course provides an overview of these two important branches of accounting. Formerly ACCT 210.
3 credits GST 400 Senior Seminar in the HumanitiesThe Senior Seminar in the Humanities provides students with a capstone experience. Through analysis of texts and their own writing students focus on a project that demonstrates how work in the Humanities enlarges the meaning of human existence. Student is expected to retain a portfolio of their work in the Humanities concentration for use in this seminar. Formerly LST 400.
3 credits GST 401 Transforming Education into ActionThe capstone seminar provides an intellectual experience that allows students to integrate their concentration coursework and to build a bridge from coursework to the next life goal, whether that is graduate or professional school or a new professional challenge. Part of the product of the capstone seminar will be a portfolio of writing and reflection on each student's academic and life journey that can be shared with employers or used as the basis for graduate school admissions essays. Formerly LST 401.
3 credits PHIL 365 Readings in the Philosophy of ScienceAddresses the structure of scientific knowledge, the nature of explanation, the nature of the standards for acquiring knowledge of the physical world, and especially the problems raised by biology. Formerly PHI 303 Readings in the Philosophy of Science.
- Human Resources Associate
- Public Relations Specialist
- Public Policy Associate
- Politician / Political Advisor
- Public Health Administrator
- Teacher / Professor