Experiential Certificates complement the core liberal arts experience with an integrated set of courses and immersive experiences that prepare students for their next steps after Trinity.
Each Certificate consists of a total of three credits, combining both academic courses and co-curricular experiences, with at least one credit from different experience categories.
Co-curricular experiences include, but are not limited to: TA-ships; peer teaching and mentorships; internships (that do not count toward a major); summer fellowships; some unpaid research with a faculty member, paid summer research; and (most) J-term courses.
Through the experiential certificate in Archaeological Fieldwork, students develop skills in interdisciplinary archaeological research. On the Trinity college campus, they choose from a selection of courses on the study of archaeology and material culture. During the summer excavation season, they are part on a diverse group, living and working together in a UNESCO World Heritage City, learning the practice of archaeology through hands-on instruction and participation.
The US is the global leader in mass incarceration, maintaining 25% of the world’s total
incarcerated population and an estimated 5 million people entering US jails each year. This
represents an enormous challenge for public policy, politics, social justice, and human rights.
Completion of the Certificate in Carceral Systems and Social Change prepares students to
envision creative and transformational justice alternatives and to advance decarceration
through their pursuit of careers in law, public policy, social service, education, and the
arts. Students explore these issues by taking selected courses to develop a foundational level
of knowledge in how carceral systems emerge, persist, and crucially, are undone. The cocurricular/experiential component is designed in collaboration with a community partner or
faculty adviser with the aim of creating dialogue between the theories taught in the courses
and the practice of the social change achieved via transformative justice. Several options for
completing the co-curricular/experiential component include: Human Rights/Theater and
Dance courses that involve collaboration with past and present residents at
York Correctional Institution for women; programs with Justice Dance Performance
Project; or outside research fellowships.
For more information, students should contact Professor Ben Carbonetti.
Clinical neuroscience certificate for students interested in health care or graduate school in a field related to neuroscience, including neurology, psychiatry, physical or occupational therapy, and clinical psychology. Students would be required to take 1) one of the courses that fulfills the Clinical/Cognitive track in neuroscience; 2) one semester of research in a human neuroscience setting either on or off-campus (Ayers Neuroscience Institute, Institute of Living, UConn or permission of coordinator) and 3) one community learning experience in neuroscience either as part of a class, part of CHER, or as a volunteer/internship experience approved by the coordinator. Note that only one credit can be used to count for both this certificate and the major.
For more information, students should contact Professor Sarah Raskin.
Protecting a sufficient network of the natural world is essential for our future and our health. This certificate will enable students to explore the natural landscape, from urban to wilderness, and the interdisciplinary connections between nature and health – ranging from emerging science to ethics, arts, and natural and cultural history.
The Global Health and Human Ecology certificate is particularly suitable for students that may want to continue in public policy, research, health care, land conservation and stewardship, community planning, or various forms of artistic expression. The culminating co-curricular experience is flexible and cross-disciplinary and will feature special networking opportunities among certificate participants.
The goal of this certificate is to enable students to combine upper-level coursework and a research experience in a structured way as they look toward graduate school or other post-Trinity experiences involving advanced mathematics. Students will complete (i) one MATH elective at the 300-level or above (beyond their major or minor), (ii) a research experience guided by a faculty member, e.g., summer research or a 300-level, full credit independent study, and (iii) the seminar course Reading and Research (MATH 499).
For more information, students should contact Professor Sebastian Skardal.
Students in the Tax Policy and Inequality Certificate program will develop an understanding of tax policy aimed at low-income Americans and how it plays out on the ground through coursework and experiential learning connected to a low-income tax clinic. The certificate is built around POLS 310, in which students learn about tax policies and the politics behind them, and receive basic training to prepare taxes at Trinity’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) clinic at Trinfo Café, an internet café adjacent to campus. In addition to POLS 310, students will need to complete a 1.0 credit internship at a VITA site in the Hartford Metro area (which can be done concurrently with POLS 310 or afterward), plus one additional credit, either in a leadership position at the clinic (as an RA, TA, or Assistant Site Coordinator), or by taking a related course approved by the certificate director.
For more information, students should contact Professor Serena Laws.
The experiential certificate in Urban Engaged Learning enables students to develop skills in urban-focused research, engagement with community partners, and independent project management. The certificate consists of two academic credits and one co-curricular experience. The academic credits are earned through the Liberal Arts Action Lab. Students who participate in the Lab enroll in two, one-credit courses completed in one semester: (1) a research methods course and (2) a course centered around an applied research project. The co-curricular experience consists of an urban-focused research or engagement project. Resources for these projects are available to students through grants from the Center for Urban and Global Studies and Center for Caribbean Studies, or the Center for Hartford Engagement and Research’s Community Learning Research Fellows. An independently formulated and executed urban-focused research or engagement project that takes place outside of these programs will be considered on a case by case basis.