Whether you are an incoming student exploring entry courses or an upper year finalizing course planning in your field of study, this page will be a helpful resource. Trinity’s major and minor departments below, organized by academic discipline, provide entry-level class options and advanced degree requirements. Follow the links provided to learn more about specific departments, and get in touch with a department chair for even more information.

Last updated: 2/1/2024


Exploratory courses:
AHIS 101 – Introduction to the History of Art in the West I
AHIS 102 – Introduction to the History of Art in the West II
AHIS 103 – Introduction to Asian Art

Major and minor requirements:
Art History Major Requirements
Art History Minor Requirements
Architectural Studies Minor Requirements

Exploratory courses:
FILM/ENGL 265 – Introduction to Film Studies
FILM 201 – Basic Filmmaking

Major and minor requirements:
Film Studies Major Requirements
Film Studies Minor Requirements

Exploratory courses:
MUSC 101 –Basic Musicianship
MUSC 201 – Diatonic Harmonic Practice (for students with advanced music theory experience)
MUSC 107 – Music Lessons
MUSC 113 – Introduction to World Music
MUSC 175 — Introduction to Recording Arts
MUSC 108 – Steel Pan Ensemble
MUSC 109 – Jazz Ensemble
MUSC 111 – Samba Ensemble

Major and minor requirements:
Music Major Requirements
Music Minor Requirements

Exploratory courses:
Any STAR 100-level courses or 200-level courses without prerequisites.

Major and minor requirements:
Studio Arts Major Requirements
Studio Arts Minor Requirements

Exploratory courses:
Any THDN 100-level courses or 200-level courses without prerequisites.
Students may also participate in any Theater and Dance department productions each year.

Major requirements:
Theater and Dance Major Requirements


Exploratory courses:
AMST 203 – Conflicts and Cultures in American Society
Any other AMST 200-level course without pre-requisites

Major requirements:
American Studies Major Requirements

Exploratory courses:
CLCV 111 – Introduction to Classical Art and Archaeology
CLCV 203 – Mythology
GREK 101 – Introduction to Classical and Biblical Greek I (offered in the spring semester)
LATN 101 – Fundamentals for Reading Latin
Any other CLCV 100 or 200-level course without prerequisites



Exploratory courses:
The English Major has three tracks: Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Film and Literature.
Any ENGL 100 or 200-level course without pre-requisites.
ENGL 260 – Introduction to Literary Studies

Major and minor requirements:
English Major Requirements
English Minor Requirements

Exploratory courses:
Any HIST 100 or 200 level courses without pre-requisites.

Major and minor requirements:
History Major Requirements
History Minor Requirements

Exploratory courses:
HRST 125 – Introduction to Human Rights
PHIL 246 – Human Rights: Philosophical Foundations, Issues, and Debates

Major and minor requirements:
Human Rights Major Requirements
Human Rights Minor Requirements

Exploratory courses:
RELG 109 – Jewish Tradition
RELG 211 – Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
HIST 213 – Modern Jewish History

Major and minor requirements:
Jewish Studies Major Requirements
Jewish Studies Minor Requirements

If students are interested in a LACS major, they can and should enroll in the appropriate language course(s) for their level. If they have any questions, especially after taking the second-language placement exam, they should inquire with one of the professors in the relevant language area.

Students declaring a major or minor in LACS should directly contact the section head for each of the nine languages and the major coordinator for World Literature and Culture Studies.

Language and Culture Studies Major Requirements
Language and Culture Studies Minor Requirements

Exploratory courses:
PHIL 101 – Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 102 – Introduction to Political Philosophy
PHIL 103 – Ethics
PHIL 205 – Symbolic Logic
PHIL 255 – Philosophy of Logic

Major and minor requirements:
Philosophy Major Requirements
Philosophy Minor Requirements

Exploratory courses:
RELG 101 – Introduction to Religion
RELG 109 – Jewish Tradition
RELG 110 – Introduction to Christianity
RELG 151 – Religions of Asia
RELG 181 – Introduction to Islam
RELG 211 – Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
RELG 212 – New Testament
RELG 256 – Buddhist Thought
RELG 281 – Anthropology of Religion

Major and minor requirements:
Religious Studies Major Requirements
Religious Studies Minor Requirements

Exploratory courses:
WMGS 201 – Gender and Sexuality in a Transnational World

Major and minor requirements:
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Major Requirements
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Minor Requirements

Natural Sciences

Exploratory courses:
BIOL 182 – Evolution of Life
CHEM 111 – Introductory Chemistry I
BIOL 183 – Cellular Basis of Life
CHEM 112 – Introductory Chemistry II

Major, minor, and concentration requirements:
Biology Major Requirements
Biology Major Concentrations
Biology Minor Requirements

Exploratory courses:
CHEM 111 – Introductory Chemistry I
MATH XXX – [The calculus course recommended by the placement exam]

Chemistry Major Requirements
Chemistry Minor Requirements
Biochemistry Major Requirements
Declaring the Biochemistry or Chemistry Major

BIOL 182 – Evolution of Life
BIOL 141 – Global Perspectives in Biodiversity & Conservation
CHEM 111 – Introductory Chemistry I
ENVS 110 – The Earth’s Climate
ENVS 112L Introduction to Earth Science

Environmental Science Major Requirements
Environmental Science Minor Requirements

BIOL 182 – Evolution of Life
CHEM 111 – Introductory Chemistry I
NESC 101 – The Brain
PSYC 261 – Brain and Behavior

It is recommended that most First-Year students take both BIOL 182 and CHEM 111 in their first semester.

Neuroscience Major Requirements

PHYS 141 – Physics I: Mechanics
MATH 131 – Calculus I

Exceptionally well-prepared students who have advanced placement credit exempting them from PHYS 141 and from both MATH 131 and MATH 132 may start the introductory sequence with the fall course PHYS 232 – Optics and Modern Physics prior to taking PHYS 231 – Electricity and Magnetism in the spring. These students should contact the chair of the department for permission to enroll.

Physics Major Requirements

Numerical and Symbolic Reasoning

CPSC 110 – Computing Essentials-Python
CPSC 115L – Introduction to Computing
MATH 131 – Calculus I (or another mathematics course recommended on the basis of the placement exam score)

Computer Science Major Requirements
Interdisciplinary Computing Major Requirements

PHYS 141 and MATH 131 in the fall and PHYS 231 and MATH 132 in the spring. A 100- level engineering course during the first year. Students who may not yet be ready to take Calculus their first semester should take MATH 127 and CHEM 111 in the fall, and MATH 131 in the spring (and other courses selected in consultation with the engineering department chair).

B.S. In Engineering Requirements
B.A In Engineering Requirements

Students most commonly begin their study of mathematics with courses that are recommended on the basis of their placement exam scores. A student whose placement score indicates calculus-readiness begins with MATH 131. (If the student has earned a 4 or 5 on the calculus AB exam, they should enroll in MATH 132 and if they earned a 4 or 5 on the calculus BC exam, they should enroll in MATH 231.) Very well prepared students considering a major in mathematics may wish to consider taking MATH 205, Abstraction and Argument, in addition to calculus. Permission of instructor is required.

Mathematics Major Requirements
Applied Mathematics Minor Requirements

Social Sciences

ANTH 101 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Anthropology Major Requirements

Students interested in Economics must enroll in ECON 101, however it is not required that you enroll in the first semester of your first year. To enroll in ECON 101 as a first-semester, first-year student, you must qualify to enroll in MATH 131, Calculus I.

Economics Major Requirements

EDUC 200 – Analyzing Schools

Educational Studies Major Requirements

All 200-level INTS courses are appropriate entry courses to the major. Students considering majoring in INTS are also urged to enroll in language courses.

International Studies Major Requirements

Students should take any 100- or 200-level courses in POLS. The exception is that POLS 241 and 242, our research methods courses, would not be suitable 200-level courses.

Political Science Major Requirements

PSYC 101 – Introduction to Psychology

A checklist and diagram​ of the major, for students to use with their adviser, are available on the Psychology web site.

Psychology Major Requirements

ECON 101 – Basic Economic Principles
MATH 107 (or 207) – Elements of Statistics (or Statistical Data Analysis)
PBPL 123 – Fundamentals of American Law
PBPL 201 – Introduction to American Public Policy

Public Policy and Law Major Requirements

Student should start with SOCL 101 – Principles of Sociology.

Sociology Major Requirements

URST 101 – Introduction to Urban Studies
URST 201 – From Hartford to World Cities

Urban Studies Major Requirements
Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Studies Requirements
Urban China Studies Minor