Majors & Minors

The B.A. in international studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines a rigorous curriculum, broad approaches to world affairs, foreign language learning, experience abroad, and specialized studies arranged in close consultation with the faculty advisory committee. Trinity also offers a minor in international studies.

Major

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

International studies concentrations are individual programs of study that are designed by students in consultation with the appropriate concentration adviser. Courses taken while studying abroad can be applied to the major. Concentrations include:

  • African studies - This concentration focuses on the study of the historical experience of the peoples of Africa as well as the social, political, economic and religious institutions and practices of modern African states.
  • East Asian studies - This concentration gives students the opportunity to combine their specialized study of Chinese language and culture with a solid introduction in world affairs. In the concentration coursework, students are encouraged to pursue the areas of history and religion in addition to language and literature, and to broaden the scope of their studies by choosing courses that focus on Korea, Japan and Vietnam, in addition to China.
  • European studies - This concentration invites students to consider Europe as a place both old and new, and to ask: what is Europe? What has it been historically? Who are its peoples? What ways have these peoples found to express themselves culturally and artistically? How have its boundaries, both political and cultural, been defined throughout its history? And, finally, how are these boundaries being redefined in our times? European Studies requires students to specialize in one or more European languages and encourages them to deepen their understanding of European culture by taking courses in a variety of different subject areas including art history, economics, history, political science, and religion.
  • Mexico, the Americas, and Spain program - This concentration focuses on the study of the historical experience, cultural expression, and social, political and economic institutions of the peoples and societies shaped by the legacy of Spanish and Portuguese colonialism throughout the western hemisphere.
  • Middle East studies - This concentration is designed to provide Trinity students with opportunities to study historical as well as contemporary developments of the Middle Eastern societies
  • International affairs - The International Affairs concentration gives the student a global (rather than a regional) perspective on significant economic, political, historical and cultural processes. The courses in the International Affairs concentration stress an interest in markets, states, people (or individuals), and ethnic groups.
  • International environmental studies - This concentration focuses on how the tools and approaches of the social and natural sciences are helpful in resolving global environmental problems and challenges. Through their coursework and study abroad, students will examine the relationships between global economic and political development, natural resource sustainability, and the ways humans have affected and continue to affect their environments.

Minor

International Studies

Concentrations include:

  • African studies
  • East Asian studies
  • European studies
  • Mexico, the Americas, and Spain program
  • Middle East studies
  • International affairs
  • International environmental studies

The 21-hour minor requires 4 semesters of a foreign language as well as 9 hours of upper division courses. Courses taken while studying abroad can be applied to the minor.

Languages Across the Curriculum

In addition to the modern language courses, students have an opportunity to participate in Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC), which allows students to take special language courses outside the conventional language curriculum in such diverse fields as business, the environment, economics, and anthropology. Typically, work in these courses is done in the target language.