Academics

At-a-Glance

  • Trinity in Trinidad is a "hybrid program," meaning that students enroll in both courses taught on-site by Trinity College faculty and direct enroll courses at the University of the West Indies (UWI), where they study alongside local students.
  • All students enroll in the Trinity in Trinidad core course, "The Caribbean Experience." This course introduces students to Caribbean Civilization through a variety of academic excursions around both Trinidad and Tobago. Students complement their study of Caribbean society, culture, economy and politics with a 10-day academic excursion to Costa Rica.
  • In addition to the core course, program participants take part in Trinidad's celebrated festival culture through Trinity in Trinidad-taught electives. Students will participate in Carnival during the Spring, and in Ramleela during the Fall.
  • All students enroll in an academic internship worth 1.0 Trinity credit (4 semester hours). Sample placements include positions in journalism, law, theater, public policy, the sciences, engineering, music, dance, television, human rights, education, and religion. 
  • Students enroll directly in 1-2 courses at the University of the West Indies alongside local students. Trinity in Trinidad students may choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English in Engineering, Social Sciences, Medical Sciences, Humanities, Education, Science & Teachnology, Law and Food & Agriculture.
  • Interested students may also pursue an independent study.


Curriculum

All Trinity in Trinidad students enroll in the following courses. For Trinity-taught course information, please see below. For information on local university courses, please see the tab on the top right of this page.

  • Caribbean Civilization (TNTB 300)​
  • Internship Seminar (TNTB 199)
  • Festival Arts as Cultural Performance (TNTB 339) OR Work & Play: The Trinidad Experience (TNTB 338)
  • 1-2 courses at the University of the West Indies

Course Descriptions

Please see below for Trinity-taught course information. Full syllabi are available upon request.

Caribbean Civilization (TNTB 300)

Program Core Course - Required for all students
Prof. Armando Garcia de la Torre  (1 Trinity credit = 3.5 semester hours) 
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: None Fulfills following requirements: Humanities and Global​​

​ This course introduces students to Caribbean Civilization by means of immersion in Trinidad and Tobago’s society, culture, economy and politics and by means of a study segment of 10 days in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica. This introduction to Caribbean Civilization and its Trinidadian variant is presented in the broad context of what contemporary scholars call the African and Asian Diasporas in the Americas, including the broadly defined region of the Caribbean. An integral part of the Caribbean Civilization course is a nine-day Study Tour to Costa Rica which is designed to provide students with a comparative look at two different Caribbean countries, giving them firsthand academic and personal experience in both Costa Rica and Trinidad. This enables students to experience Caribbean culture and its relationship to the African Diaspora in a Spanish speaking country that shares many aspects of Caribbean Civilization of the English- speaking “Island Caribbean” countries like Trinidad & Tobago, but with a very different colonial and post-colonial history in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Internship Seminar (TNTB 199)

Required Program Course 
Instructor (1 Trinity credit = 3.5 semester hours) 
Language of Instruction: English

Internships in Trinidad give the student the opportunity to explore personal and academic interests while working with organizations and people at the top of the field. Due to an extensive web of professional connections throughout the country, students have a myriad of opportunities available to them to get strong field experience in the area of their choosing. Placements include but are not limited to theater, dance, art, musical performance, human rights, religion, television broadcasting, film production, law, and education. Students must work a minimum of 8 hours a week for a period of 13 weeks. They submit a research paper at the end of the term,

Festival Arts as Cultural Performance (TNTB 339) 

Optional Program Course - fall only
Prof. Tony Hall  (1 Trinity credit = 3.5 semester hours) 
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: None 

Fulfills following requirements: Humanities & Global

An introduction to Carnival as a culture-bearing festival, an integral aspect of the story of Trinidad and Tobago, reflecting a history of enslavement and indentureship, liberation, and celebration. The course will examine levels of participation in this national festival by various ethnic groups that compose the population of Trinidad and Tobago. The Jouvay Theatre Process will further encourage students not only to participate in and study Carnival, but also to create performances or presentations based on their own appropriation of traditional characters such as stickfighters, midnight robbers, baby dolls, dame lorraines, minstrels, etc.


Work and Play: The Trinidad Experience (TNTB 338) 

Optional Program Course - fall only
Prof. Tony Hall  (1 Trinity credit = 3.5 semester hours) 
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: None 
Fulfills following requirements: Arts

Trinidad, a cosmopolitan Caribbean island with an oil and gas producing economy, privileges both work and play. One of the most racially and ethnically diverse nations in the world, Trinidad is poised between its industrialized modernity and its pre-industrial festive culture. This combination has created a unique intercultural sensibility. This course will explore the network of festivals that underlie this cultural matrix, focusing on the history of emancipation as a way of seeing, thinking, creating, and adapting. The readings will include poetry, calypsos, novels, and plays by such authors as V.S. Naipaul, Derek Walcott, Earl Lovelace, Merle Hodge and others. The course will also include visiting lecturers and performers, and will provide students the opportunity to explore performance traditions as observers and participants.​