Sophomore Resource Guide

Study Away

Study Away Process

Students interested in studying away during the 2017-2018 Academic Year should follow the steps outlined below during the Fall 2017 semester.

  1. Attend the Annual Study Away Fair - All students should plan to attend the annual Study Away Fair on October 18, 2017, from 11-2pm in the Washington Room. The Fair is a great opportunity to speak with returned study away students, faculty affiliated with study away, as well as with representatives from the 90+ additional approved external programs
  2. Complete Study Away Moodle Course - All eligible students with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 are automatically enrolled in a Study Away Moodle course. Interested students must complete all required steps within Moodle prior to meeting with a Study Away Advisor. If you are not enrolled in the Moodle course and think you should be, please contact
  3. Meet with a Study Away Advisor – Once students have completed the Moodle requirement, they should meet with a Study Away Advisor. To schedule an appointment, please visit
  4. Submit a Request to Study Away - Students interested in studying away on a semester program during the 2018-2019 Academic Year are required to submit a Request to Study Away. Request to Study Away applications will be due on December 15, 2017.

Students are encouraged to contact with any questions.

Majors Fair

This is your opportunity to meet with faculty and students in the multitude of majors we offer to ask what distinguishes each department, what the requirements are for the major, what study abroad programs coordinate well with a particular major, how to earn honors in each department, and what special research interests faculty and students in each department have (which can show you what some of your options may be down the road).

 October 24, 2017

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. drop in during Common Hour open block

Washington Room, Mather Hall

Declaring a Major

For useful information, check out the Registrar's Office, especially the Academic Policy FAQs page!

Q: How do I declare a major or minor?
A:  Contact the Department Chair, Program Chair, or Minor Coordinator to request to discuss your intended major or minor.  Take a major or minor declaration form (available in the Registrar's Office or from the Registrar's Office Forms page ) with you to that meeting, and the Chair/Coordinator will outline the courses you need to take, assign you an advisor, and sign off on the form.  Once you have all required signatures, bring that form to the Registrar's Office for processing. 

Q:  What is the deadline for declaring a major?
A:  You may declare a major at any time once you arrive at Trinity, but you must declare at least one major by the Friday after Spring Break of your sophomore year (March 23rd, 2018). You may change your major or add a second major at any time through the first semester of your senior year.  To change or declare a major after that point, contact the Registrar's Office for special instructions.  The exception is the deadline to declare an Economics major.  All Economics majors (even as a second major) must be declared by the same deadline as required for your first major.  No late declarations will be accepted by the department.

Major Declaration Reception

Celebrate this milestone with your departments, administration, and Class of 2020 peers at a Major Declaration Reception on March 20th during common hour in the Washington Room!

Career Development

Career Development recommends that you take these five simple steps by the end of your Sophomore Year in order to make sure that you stay on track and don’t get behind your peers:

1) Visit the Resume Studio to update or begin your professional college resume and craft a cover letter at our Communication Studio. These take place every Thursday of the academic year during common hour in the basement of the library.

2) Explore the relationship between majors and careers by attending a Major Meal, and stopping by the Majors Fair. The deadline to declare a major is March 23.

3) Make sure that your online public profiles are professional. Attend one of our Life After College: Personal Brand workshops.

4) Connect with at least three alumni in your field of interest. Meet with a Career Development Advisor and use tools like LinkedIn and MyTrinNet to get you started or visit one of our Life After College: Networking workshops.

5) Come up with a plan for the summer by meeting with a Career Development Advisor to explore possible internships and jobs that align with your interests. Attend the Finding Your Dream Internship and How to Get Paid Doing It workshop.

That’s it. Five simple steps and you’re right on track.

Or, if you’re craving more, here are a few other ways that you can get involved with Career Development as a Sophomore here at Trinity:

1) Complete an internship for credit during the semester or over the summer.

2) Apply for Catalyst Summer Internship Funding - $3,500 toward the completion of an exploratory internship.

3) Apply to work for Career Development as one of our peer Fellows.

Community Learning Initiative (CLI) Courses

Are you interested in working on projects where you can have a hand in creating solutions that impact the greater good?  Then CLI may be for you!  Each semester courses are offered across the curriculum – in environmental science, history, psychology, educational studies, and more – in which you have an opportunity to actively learn with Hartford partner organizations.  Each course has a community learning project built into it, and as part of the project you collaborate with a community partner to help bring about change and make community action possible. 

“The CLI experiences enabled me to gain experience and skills that helped me to become more effective at affecting policy and being a leader. After each CLI experience, I was more confident and fearless, willing to talk to people about issues in a concise, coherent, and persuasive manner.”  Jennifer Tran ’17, CLI projects in Community Development Strategies and Organizing by Neighborhood.

To learn more about CLI courses offered in Spring 2018, please go to the following link and select "Comm Learning Program" in the department/ program drop down menu :

And to learn more about the Community Learning Research Fellows Program, please visit the program’s website: