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Departments & Programs

Twenty-five academic departments offer a wide variety of courses, interdisciplinary programs, and experiential learning opportunities. Trinity also offers courses and majors in interdisciplinary programs that range from international studies to neuroscience, making it a university of growth and discovery.

Departments

  • Art & Art History

    The department of Art and Art History features two distinct programs, one in art history, the other in studio arts. The art history program explores art and architecture in their historical contexts, while the studio arts program teaches the technical and conceptual components of artistic creation.

  • Biology

    Biology students study the science of life. Through classroom study, hands-on laboratory experience, and undergraduate research opportunities, biology students at Trinity become knowledgeable, disciplined, and, simultaneously, flexible in their abilities to think across biological scales and subjects.

  • Chemistry

    The hallmarks of Trinity's chemistry program are its innovative and progressive curriculum, student exposure to modern sophisticated instrumentation, and a strong emphasis on undergraduate research, all of which prepare students for advanced degrees and careers at some of the country's best graduate schools, medical schools, and corporations.

  • Classical Studies

    The classical studies department offers an interdisciplinary program that melds history, art history, anthropology, religion, gender studies, and philosophy in studying the ancient Mediterranean world. Courses focus on languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome as well as their impact on contemporary society.

  • Communication

    Trinity's department of communication teaches theories and skills that prepare students for careers in media writing, production, advertising, and public relations. Students have extensive opportunities for hands-on media experience through TigerTV, the student-run television station; KRTU, the campus radio station; and the Trinitonian, the student-run newspaper.

  • Computer Science

    Trinity's computer science department provides broad training in design, systems, applications, and the theory of computing. Students receive substantial laboratory experience with computers, programming, and other related areas, which provide the knowledge and tools to be successful in both theoretical understandings and applied computing.

  • Economics

    Economics at Trinity gives students the knowledge to understand how the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services affects the world in which we live. A focus on logical thinking makes Trinity’s economics curriculum a valuable foundation for a variety of careers in law, business, and public affairs.

  • Education

    The department of education at Trinity University provides three nationally accredited graduate programs in education as well as select undergraduate coursework. We strive to prepare our students to become part of a leading force in education for San Antonio and beyond.

  • Engineering Science

    Trinity's department of engineering science is one of the nation's top-ranked, ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering programs. Our focus on teaching and design, in addition to our special attention to developing students' communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills, differentiates us from hundreds of other engineering programs across the country.

  • English

    Trinity University's English program seeks to refine students' abilities in prose argument, critical and interpretive thinking, and oral communication. Diverse course offerings include topics in British and American literatures, theory, post-colonial literatures, gender studies, Jewish literature, African-American literature, creative writing, and rhetoric, providing students a well-rounded experience.

  • Geosciences

    Trinity University's department of geosciences brings the tools of physics, chemistry, biology, computational science, and mathematics to bear on the understanding of Earth, our home planet. Our goal is to allow each student to develop a thorough understanding of Earth systems and their transformation through time.

  • Health Care Administration

    Trinity University's health care administration program develops leaders who are able to adapt and respond to the needs of health care and prepares them for the challenges of 21st century health care delivery.

  • History

    The study of history plays a central and formative role at Trinity. Offering new perspectives on the past as well as ongoing influences the past has on the present, history promotes critical thinking, develops analytical skills, nurtures open-minded examination of controversial issues, and encourages writing excellence.

  • Human Communication and Theatre

    Effective and creative expression of ideas is central to both a liberal arts education and to effective citizenship in a democracy. Studying human communication and theatre—among the oldest disciplines of study in Western civilization—gives students an opportunity to understand, assess, and perform the essential activity of self expression.

  • International Studies

    International studies at Trinity gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and gain new perspectives on issues facing today's world. With a strong emphasis on gaining international perspective and experiences, many majors spend part of their college career in another country, immersed in another language and culture.

  • Mathematics

    The mission of Trinity’s mathematics department reflects the dual essence of mathematics. Our rigorous and challenging curriculum helps students enjoy mathematics as an ancient, demanding, and beautiful part of their heritage, while serving the professional needs of our students by applying mathematics to other disciplines.

  • Modern Languages and Literatures

    The study of modern languages and literatures provides individuals the opportunity to learn a language while exploring the culture, literature, and history of the culture from which the language derives. The department offers majors and minors in Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish, and courses in Italian.

  • Music

    Musical life at Trinity can be heard in the choir, orchestra, wind ensemble, and many other musical groups open to all students at Trinity. Students who choose to study performance, composition, or music education do so through ensemble participation, private lessons, and courses in music history and theory.

  • Philosophy

    Philosophy students evaluate principles of conduct, develop standards of evidence, and learn methods for resolving conflicts and appraising arguments. The curriculum covers traditional areas of philosophy such as ethics and logic and also offers courses such as Philosophy of Culture and Biomedical Ethics.

  • Physics & Astronomy

    Physics is the examination of matter, energy, and the interactions of forces that affect them. Through their explorations of the physical world, students in Trinity's department of physics and astronomy strive to understand the laws affecting all natural phenomena from subatomic particles to entire galaxies.

  • Political Science

    The study of political science is crucial to understanding and actively participating in today's competitive political environment. Trinity's political science department provides students with a strong foundation for the many career options in law, politics, public administration, non-governmental organizations, teaching, foreign service, and international affairs.

  • Psychology

    Trinity’s psychology curriculum reflects both the diversity of its sub-disciplines and the universality of their reliance on methodological sophistication. Courses in statistics, methods, and supervised research train students to think critically about psychological phenomena and make them aware of the intellectual values of the discipline.

  • Religion

    Trinity's religion program helps students develop different ways of thinking critically about religion and diverse religious traditions. Through the study of religion, students gain intellectual and academic tools to develop informed, responsible, and creative ways of enriching their own understanding of the world.

  • School of Business

    The School of Business offers two degrees, the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, complemented by a high quality graduate program in accounting. All of the School’s programs are accredited by AACSB - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

  • Sociology and Anthropology

    Sociology and anthropology are dedicated to the study of human culture and social life in order to understand how people organize themselves in communities and integrate those communities into our larger social world.

Programs

  • Advising Programs

    Advising programs assist students who plan to attend law school, medical school, or enter health professions. Students are encouraged to pursue degrees of their choice while also taking the courses necessary for entrance into these schools or professions after graduation.

  • EAST: East Asian Studies at Trinity

    Trinity's unique EAST project is a multifaceted program that prepares students for life in the Pacific century. Through a combination of language training, in-country experiences, internships, and formal exchange programs, EAST grooms future leaders in business, government, science, and education to be comfortable and confident in the global environment.

  • Environmental Studies

    The environmental studies program at Trinity provides an interdisciplinary study of Earth's environment and how human beings interact with it. Going beyond the natural sciences, environmental studies students examine environmental issues from perspectives of social policy, art, and the humanities.

  • HUMA

    HUMA, short for the Humanities, is Trinity's flagship program in the study of Western culture and ideas. Focusing on"Readings from Western Cultures" and "Further Readings in Western Culture," HUMA is one of the most rewarding offerings on campus.

  • Interdisciplinary Majors

    Interdisciplinary majors provide students an opportunity for in-depth bridging of disciplines including the humanities, the arts, the social sciences, and the natural and life sciences. These majors allow for extensive study in a combination of fields led by specialized faculty.

  • Interdisciplinary Minors

    Interdisciplinary minors combine courses from various departments and programs to offer a better understanding of topics pertinent to the modern world. These minors help students gain educational experience in areas that will supplement or enhance their primary path of study.

  • Languages Across the Curriculum

    History in Spanish? Business in Chinese? Trinity's Languages Across the Curriculum program expands foreign-language learning opportunities through courses and experiences in a broad range of disciplines and contexts.

  • MAS: Mexico, The Americas, and Spain

    Mexico, the Americas, and Spain draws on the rich Hispanic culture of San Antonio as well as Trinity's proximity to Mexico and Latin America. Supported by more than 30 faculty who can teach in Spanish, MAS provides students with opportunities for engagement with Hispanic language, life, and culture.

  • STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

    Nationally recognized for academic strength, interdisciplinary focus, and undergraduate research, Trinity's STEM programs offer students cutting edge opportunities that include experiential learning at the interface of disciplines.

  • Urban Studies

    Urban studies at Trinity is designed to expose students to urban history, urban society, and urban development while encouraging contributions to social change—all in the vibrant, diverse city of San Antonio. Students are actively engaged in local urban affairs through internships and research on local conditions while becoming citizens of the city.