First-Year Advising

Academic Planning

Throughout your first year at Trinity, academic planning will involve you, your first-year seminar adviser (or your adviser in Guided Studies, the Interdisciplinary Science Program [ISP], the Interarts Program, or The Cities Program), your First-Year Mentor, and the Registrar's Office. Your faculty adviser and your mentor will consult with you regarding your choice of courses and your future academic plans. Until you choose a major (by March of your sophomore year), your faculty adviser will assist you with course selection, as may your mentor or the dean of the First-Year Program.

Faculty advisers are assigned to you until you choose a major. If for any reason you would like to request a change of adviser, contact the First Year Program Office at extension 5331. After you have declared a major, your department will assign you an adviser within your field of study.

The Major

Each student must complete a major. His or her choice of major must have been made prior to Registration for the first semester of the Junior Year. A maximum of 12 courses in a single discipline may be required for a major, and no more than 18 courses overall. Some majors require cognates as well. Majors currently established include:

American Studies  Jewish Studies
Anthropology Language and Culture Studies
Art History  Mathematics
Biology  Music
Chemistry/Biochemistry  Neuroscience
Classics, Classical Civilization                  
Computer Science  Physics
Economics  Political Science
Educational Studies  Psychology
Engineering  Public Policy and Law
English  Religion
Environmental Science  Sociology
History  Studio Arts
Interdisciplinary Computing
Theater and Dance
International Studies
Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Students may also propose individually-tailored, interdisciplinary majors.

Learn about Special Curricular Programs including the InterArts Program, the Interdisciplinary Science Program, and the Human Rights Program.

While a student may take courses during his or her first year which will be part of a major that is declared later, the College does not recommend that students commit themselves to any particular major during their first year.

Academic Integrity

Students are responsible for ensuring that their academic work meets the highest standards of academic integrity. The Handbook contains explicit information about plagiarism and other kinds of academic dishonesty. Ignorance of the College’s policies and the information in the Handbook does not excuse the occurrence of such dishonesty. It is vital that students, particularly first-year students, understand the importance of academic integrity. Typically, first-year students are unclear on the issues of paraphrasing, proper citation, and the multiple submission of work. First-Year Faculty are urged to spend class time or part of an advising session discussing academic integrity.

An instructor who suspects a student of academic dishonesty is strongly encouraged to make a complaint to the Academic Affairs Committee, which is charged with adjudicating such cases, via the Dean of Students, Frederick Alfred.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements for individual majors are listed alphabetically, begining with American Studies. Start here.