How do I become a candidate
for admission to the Humanities Gateway Program?
Each year, around mid-March, selected
applicants for admission to Trinity are invited to become candidates for
enrollment in the program. If you receive such an invitation and wish to be
considered for possible participation in the program, you will receive a link
to our application website. Any other Trinity applicant who finds the program
appealing may likewise become a candidate by writing Professor Wheatley at
I express interest in the Humanities Gateway Program, what happens then?
If the Admissions Office makes a
favorable decision on your application to Trinity, the Humanities Gateway
Steering Committee (composed of faculty who teach in the program) will then
review your academic qualifications and determine whether to admit you to the
my chances of gaining admission to Trinity be affected by my decision about the
Humanities Gateway Program?
No. Admissions decisions are made
independently of Humanities Gateway considerations. If you are invited to
become a candidate for the program but choose not to do so, that will not
adversely affect your prospects of being admitted to the College. Nor will your
chances of gaining admission be strengthened because you have expressed
interest in the Humanities Gateway.
I begin the Humanities Gateway at any time after the start of my first year?
A very small number of sophomores and
juniors may be admitted to the program on a “space-available” basis. And
students are occasionally taken into the Humanities Gateway at the midpoint of
their first year.
will be my faculty adviser if I participate in the Humanities Gateway Program?
HMTS101 counts as your first-year
seminar, and you will have as your first-year/sophomore adviser one of the
faculty members in the program or the program’s director.
plan to take a sizable number of courses related to my major during the first
two years. Can I still participate in the Humanities Gateway?
Yes, definitely. During the first and
sophomore years combined, students typically enroll in a total of from 17 to 19
courses. Since the Humanities Gateway consists of only six courses, you will
have ample opportunity to take work in other subjects in those years. Although
we strongly encourage you take the Humanities Gateway courses in sequence and
with your cohort, under special circumstances, and with the permission of the
director, you can defer coursework.
primary interest is in the social sciences, the natural sciences, or the arts.
Why should I consider participating in a program that emphasizes the
The program can have substantial value
for those intending to major in other areas. By enabling students to
incorporate a coherent humanities sequence into their course of study, the
program can help them achieve a broader, more balanced liberal education. Over
the years, substantial numbers of arts, social science, and natural science
students (including many pre-meds) have participated in the program and
heavy is the workload in the Humanities Gateway Program?
Because the program is intended for
strongly motivated students who want to be challenged academically, all of the
courses require a great deal of reading, writing, and critical thinking. Most
students have found the subject matter to be so interesting and stimulating that
they haven’t regarded the workload as burdensome. In those few cases in which a
student decides, after a semester or two, that the program is not an
appropriate fit, he or she is welcome to withdraw from it, as a few
participants do each academic year. It should be noted, however, that students
in the program have had the time to involve themselves in a wide variety of
extracurricular activities, including the student newspaper and radio station,
many different intercollegiate sports, musical and theatrical groups, and
volunteer work in the Hartford community.
it be possible for me to study abroad if I choose to do the Humanities Gateway?
Yes. In fact, the proportion of Humanities
Gateway students studying abroad is larger than that of the overall student
body. Many participants in the program report that it has provided them with
especially valuable preparation for study away.
are the career interests and goals of Humanities Gateway students?
Participants in the program, like the
Trinity student body as a whole, are interested in a wide variety of
occupations and professions. Students have found that the knowledge and
exacting intellectual discipline it provides constitute valuable background
preparation for many different careers.
happens if I decide to drop out of the Humanities Gateway Program before
You may withdraw from the program at the
end of any semester, and you will receive full academic credit for those
courses you have successfully completed up to that time. There is no penalty
I am admitted to the Humanities Gateway Program does that mean that I will be
entitled to remain in it until completion?
No. The Program Steering Committee
maintains standards of satisfactory progress; students failing to work up to
those standards can be asked to withdraw from the program. Fortunately, this
happens only very rarely.
does Humanities Gateway courses relate to Trinity’s general education
The Humanities Gateway Program is an alternative
to the first-year seminar requirement. By taking a designated writing-intensive
Humanities Gateway course in the first semester, you can fulfill part one of
the two-part writing requirement all students must meet. Moreover, any of the six
specified Humanities Gateway courses satisfies the humanities distribution
requirements, and the third-semester courses both fulfill the global engagement
requirement. Selected courses in the program are also counted towards the
completion of major requirements in the departments of Philosophy, Classics,
Religion, History, and/or English (contact individual departments for more
recognition is accorded students who participate in the Humanities Gateway
The fact that you have successfully completed the Humanities
Gateway sequence will be noted on your transcript. The accomplishments of
exceptional students, who earn an A- cumulative average for the six courses
they have completed, be recognized on the transcript in the following way:
“ Humanities Gateway
Program: European Cultures completed with Distinction.”