Humanities Gateway Program: European Cultures

Trinity College’s Humanities Gateway Program engages outstanding students in a comprehensive examination of European cultures through integrated interdisciplinary study of their histories, literatures, and religious and philosophical ideas, from classical antiquity to the present. The program concentrates on forces that have shaped European cultures at the same time that it traces the political and intellectual changes that occurred through these periods.

By exploring the complex interplay of past and present, the Humanities Gateway Program helps students attain a deeper understanding of our age and its place in the larger sweep of historical development. The program builds upon the premise that the skills most highly valued in students who study the liberal arts – their strong writing skills and facility for verbal communication, as well as their capacity to think critically and synthesize complex ideas – are best developed from the outset of a student’s career, and in small seminar settings that encourage engagement with texts and traditions that grapple with defining facets of human experience.