Trinity offers students a rigorous education through a broad choice of majors in the liberal arts and sciences, including engineering, taught by a faculty of scholars who love to teach. In addition to your major, you may choose to complete an interdisciplinary or departmental minor as a way to add special focus to your academic program; take part in a special academic program such as human rights, interdisciplinary science, health sciences, and cities; deepen your knowledge through research opportunities with faculty; or extend your classroom learning through Community Learning courses and academic internships.
Trinity students choose from a diverse and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that broadens the mind and deepens knowledge. Our curricular philosophy is based on the belief that active learning - learning that becomes a truly engaging and lasting process - flourishes when students have both responsibility for shaping their academic programs, as well as close working relationships with faculty.
Key characteristics of your academic experience include the following:
- A dedicated first-year seminar program: This program acclimates first-year students to college learning through a small-group seminar class involving intensive discussion and writing, academic advising from your seminar professor, and a student mentor who supports you.
- Educational breadth through requirements: To be liberally educated means to be broadly educated. All students meet distribution requirements in five categories: the Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Numerical and Symbolic Reasoning, and Social Sciences.
- Individual flexibility: At the same time, students have the individual flexibility to experiment, to deepen old interests and develop new ones, and to acquire specialized training in a major field.
- Special academic programs: You’ll find ways to add focus to your learning in areas such as Human Rights, Health Fellows, Inter-Arts, Interdisciplinary Science, Guided Studies in Western Civilization, and Cities.
- Professors as teachers: Students have the chance to fully share in our faculty’s knowledge, passion for teaching, and love of learning, affording them invaluable opportunities to learn through example. You’ll soon learn that your professors do more than teach. They challenge, guide, inspire, and mentor. You’ll work closely with your professors in the classroom, in the lab, and outside of both.