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Majors & Minors

Trinity offers 43 majors, 58 minors, and several interdisciplinary and advising programs. Along with opportunities in undergraduate research, internships, and study abroad programs, students may merge their talents with self-designed interdisciplinary majors.

Additionally, Trinity offers Undergraduate Degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music, with advising programs in Pre-Law and Health Professions (including Pre-Medical).

Majors

  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies

    The major in ancient Mediterranean studies (AMS) combines the history, art, culture and literature of the ancient world into a cohesive intellectual enterprise. Because of the major's breadth, courses from a variety of departments count towards the AMS major, making it easy to combine the study of the classical world with another major.

  • Anthropology

    The major in anthropology studies humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws from and builds upon knowledge from the social and biological sciences as well as the humanities and physical sciences.

  • Applied Chemistry

    The major in applied chemistry builds on chemical fundamentals to explore experimental and analytical chemistry. The major incorporates various fields of applied chemistry including physical, inorganic, and polymer chemistries, and is designed for students wishing to pursue chemical engineering.

  • Art

    The major in art integrates technical and formal art training to foster students' creative potential and desire for self-expression. This program offers an understanding of the vital importance of visual culture in human expression.

  • Art History

    The major in art history explores visual images and architecture in their historical contexts, allowing students to understand how art and its history shaped and defined the human experience.

  • Biochemistry

    The B.S. in biochemistry prepares students for graduate study and research in the growing field of biotechnology and chemistry of life processes.

  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    The major in biochemistry and molecular biology consists of a combination of courses from the departments of biology and chemistry. A degree dedicated to the fields of biotechnology and the chemistry of life processes, it prepares students for graduate study or medical school. 

  • Biology

    The major in biology is designed to help students develop a thorough understanding of biological processes and the methods used to expand scientific knowledge. While our biology courses stress fundamental principles, students also have the opportunity to concentrate their studies in specific areas of biological interest.

  • Business Administration

    The major in business administration is designed to accommodate those students who want to pursue specialized business study in one of the following five concentrations: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, or International business.

  • Chemistry

    The B.S. in Chemistry is a rigorous four-year degree for students who plan to be professional chemists. The program meets the standards set by the American Chemical Society in training chemists for the profession and for graduate programs. The B.A. in Chemistry is a slightly less-intensive degree designed for students interested in secondary teaching, premedical training, or interdisciplinary studies.

  • Chemistry with High School Teaching Certification

    This major combines the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in chemistry with a teaching certification.

  • Chinese

    The major in Chinese requires upper-division courses taught in Chinese, as well as one semester or one summer spent studying abroad in a Chinese-speaking country. Courses taught in Chinese range from Chinese cinema to business and economics in China.

  • Chinese Studies

    A student who completes the major in East Asian studies will receive a Bachelor of Science in Chinese studies. For each student, the study of the Chinese language will be fully integrated with the study of other disciplines through each year of the college career.

  • Classical Languages

    The major in classical languages, Greek and Latin, gives students the opportunity to explore both of these ancient languages. The major also consists of Classics courses in English or other modern languages.

  • Communication

    The communication curriculum is divided into three interrelated areas, all of which drive a better understanding and a greater curiosity about how the media works: Media Studies, Media Messages, and Media Management.

  • Computer Science

    This track is ideal for students interested in pursuing a career in computer science immediately after receiving their diploma, as well as those who are interested in graduate study in the field.

  • Computing as a Second Major

    This major is a great option for students whose first major is in a discipline where computing plays a significant role.

  • Economics

    Trinity's distinctive curriculum, global opportunities, and emphasis on economic applications gives students the challenging and rewarding experience of studying economic principles in theoretical economics, economics and law, economics and business, international economics, economics and public policy, and general economics.

  • Engineering Science

    A B.S. in engineering science features design at its core. Students take at least one design course per semester, with emphasis on creativity, critical thinking, and the development of decision-making skills. They also complete a major design project each year that ties classroom learning to practical experience.

  • English

    The B. A. in English requires 39 hours from courses offered in the department with at least 15 hours coming from lower division courses and at least 21 hours from upper division classes. In addition, the major requires completion of the senior experience.

  • Environmental Studies

    The major in environmental studies offers opportunities for specialized study in three concentrations: environmental science, environmental policy, and environmental arts and humanities.

  • French

    The major in French consists of upper-division courses taught in French, as well as a study abroad or language immersion component. French courses range from language to cinema, as well as literature courses.

  • Geosciences

    The B.S. degree in geosciences is designed for students pursuing careers as geoscientists and includes specified cognate requirements in mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

  • German Studies

    The major in German studies consists of upper-division courses taught in German, as well as a study abroad or language immersion component. Courses range from Medieval art and German philosophy to fairy tales, music history, and German cinema.

  • Greek

    The major in Greek requires completion of the elementary and intermediate sequence of courses (12 hours) or the equivalent in Greek. In addition, 27 hours of courses chosen from those listed under Classics Courses in English, Greek, or Latin, including 12 upper division hours of Greek. (Courses in Latin credited towards the Greek major may also be credited towards the minor in Latin.) The major also requires electives sufficient to total 124 hours.

  • History

    The major in history requires 31 semester hours in history, including a 4000 level seminar that serves as the capstone course for the major, and one course from each of these three areas: United States history; European history; and Asian, Middle East, Latin American, and African history.

  • Human Communication

    A major in human communication at Trinity emphasizes the study of human communication as a humane, artistic discipline grounded in personal choice. The major examines how people develop, adapt, and transmit messages within and across various cultures and channels. It offers a wide range of classes covering public communication, rhetorical theory, and the social context of human communication.

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

  • Latin

    The major in Latin gives students the opportunity to learn and/or improve their skills and learn about the language and culture. Courses in Greek credited towards the Latin major may also be credited towards the minor in Greek.

  • Mathematical Finance

    Combining courses from economics, finance, and mathematics, the mathematical finance major is an interdisciplinary study of financial markets, utilizing mathematical models to understand markets, evaluate financial instruments, and measure and manage risk.

  • Mathematics

    Rigorous and flexible mathematics courses ensure that students understand and appreciate the nature of mathematical thought and the role that abstraction and logic play in it. Electives enable students to tailor the program to fit their personal interests and professional aspirations.

  • Music

    The major in music offers a broad and comprehensive course of study in the liberal arts. Courses include theory and comprehensive musicianship, music history and literature, individual applied instruction, ensemble, conducting, and performance laboratory.

  • Neuroscience

    The B.S. in neuroscience is a multi-disciplinary program designed to provide an understanding of the nature and functioning of the nervous system from the molecular to the behavioral level. Courses, taught by faculty from the biology, psychology, and chemistry departments, offer a broad spectrum of topics and approaches to the study of neural systems' structure and function.

  • Philosophy

    The major in philosophy covers traditional areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, logic, and aesthetics. It also offers courses that are not commonly found in undergraduate philosophy departments, such as Hellenistic Philosophy, Pragmatism, Philosophy of Culture, Non-Classical Logics, and Biomedical Ethics.

  • Physics

    The B.S. in physics is designed for students who intend to enter graduate programs in physics or astronomy. The B.A. in physics is well suited for students who plan to enter medical school, become teachers, or double major. 

  • Political Science

    Majors in political science can obtain a degree in one of five concentrations: Comparative/international politics American politics, American politics and law, American public policy, or General political science.

  • Psychology

    The B.A. in psychology emphasizes principles and methods as well as a series of course clusters: basic psychological and perceptual processes; development; learning, memory, and cognition; and social and individual differences. Students may also take companion courses, participate in field research, or write a directed thesis.

  • Religion

    The religion curriculum provides students an opportunity to become familiar with the history and principal features of the world's major religious traditions as well as some of the significant alternatives to traditional religions. The major in religion draws from five major areas: The traditions, modern and contemporary, textual and literary, regional, and theoretical.

  • Russian

    The major in Russian consists of upper-division courses taught in Russian, as well as a study abroad or language immersion component. Courses in Russian include Russian culture and literature, and includes the infamous Trinity course, "The Peoples of Russia." 

  • Sociology

    The major in sociology studies social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts.

  • Spanish

    The major in Spanish consists of upper-division courses taught in Spanish, as well as a study abroad or language immersion component. Courses in Spanish are taught throughout the University as part of the Languages Across the Curriculum Program, and range from cinema and culture to business and politics.

  • Theatre

    The major in theatre hones artistic discipline in acting, directing, and design for theatre while enhancing students' historical and analytical skills through an appreciation of theatre history and dramatic literature.

  • Urban Studies

    The urban studies major is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the global phenomenon of urbanization. Students choose from one of four concentrations: urban design, urban environment, urban issues and policy, or urban management.

Minors

  • African American Studies

    Trinity's African American studies minor gives students the tools to address difficult and timely issues related to race and ethnicity. The program helps our students meet the challenge of diversity in their communities, workplaces, and beyond.

  • American Intercultural Studies

    The American intercultural studies minor helps students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for intercultural understanding and cooperation in today's diverse society. In addition, the program seeks to enhance positive associations with and among the people of various intercultural communities.

  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies

    The minor in ancient Mediterranean students requires the completion of at least 18 hours of courses chosen from those listed under Classics in English, Greek, or Latin, of which at least 9 hours must be in the upper division. Ancient Mediterranean studies is a minor in ancient culture and does not require a language, although language courses do count toward this degree.

  • Anthropology

    A minor in anthropology requires the completion of 18 semesters hours in the individual field of study, often in conjunction with other life science courses. Twelve hours of the minors must be upper division.

  • Art

    The art minor gives an understanding of the vital importance of visual culture in human expression. Courses are offered in painting, drawing, sculpture (stone, wood, metal, plaster, and clay), photography, digital imaging, printmaking, papermaking, and the book arts. The minor requires 24 semester hours in studio art and 3 semester hours in art history.

  • Art & Art History

    The minor in art and art history is designed to help students relate an understanding of artistic creativity to their major field of study. The requirements for this minor are 24 semester hours in studio art and art history, 9 hours of which must be in art history and 9 hours of which must be in studio art; at least 9 hours must be upper division.

  • Art History

    The minor in art history requires 21 semester hours in art history, including two upper-division courses before 1800, two upper-division courses after 1800, and one additional art history course of the student's choice.

  • Arts, Letters, and Enterprise

    The Arts, Letters, and Enterprise program enables students to gain business literacy while pursuing majors in the humanities, arts, social sciences, or natural sciences. The program builds on Trinity's liberal arts core and its business administration program, offering two paths for students: a minor and a certification program.

  • Astronomy

    The minor in astronomy consists of 19 semester hours of astronomy-based physics courses and their laboratories, as well as 3 hours from astronomy-specific courses.

  • Biology

    Trinity also offers a minor in biology for those who complete 21 credit hours in the discipline, including courses and labs in biological fundamentals and upper division courses.

  • Biomathematics

    The biomathematics minor combines the study of biology, mathematics, and engineering science. Students examine questions at the intersection of fields such as ecology, genetics, and neuroscience with probability, statistics, and mathematical modeling. The minor requires 18 core hours, plus 7 hours of advanced study and 3 hours of contemporary topics in biomathematics.

  • Business Administration

    The department offers a minor in business administration to students who would like to explore the subject of business in depth but whose primary interests lie elsewhere. The minor requires 24 semester hours of business courses.

  • Business Administration Legal Studies

    The business administration legal studies minor is designed for students who would like to develop a practical understanding of legal theory and the rules of law applicable to public and private institutions, with emphasis on business enterprises. The minor requires 18 semester hours.

  • Chemistry

    A minor in chemistry may be obtained by successful completion of a minimum of 20 hours in chemistry and at least 6 additional hours in upper division courses.

  • Chinese

    The minor in Chinese requires the completion of at least 18 semester hours, of which no more than 6 may be lower division. A minimum of 12 hours toward the minor must be completed at Trinity.

  • Classical Studies

    The 18-semester-hour classical studies minor explores the languages, literature, philosophy, history, art, archaeology, and culture of the ancient Mediterranean world.

  • Communication

    Trinity also offers a minor in Communication for students who seek to enhance their liberal arts education with a greater understanding of media systems, content, and audiences. The minor requires 21 semester hours, 9 of which must be upper division.

  • Communication Management

    The minor in communication management is an interdisciplinary program that studies both advertising and public relations as part of the management of communication processes by combining mass media, speech communication, marketing, and business principles. The minor requires completion of 24 semester hours, consisting of 15 hours in required courses and 3 hours in each elective area.

  • Comparative Literature

    The minor in comparative literature is designed for students who want to pursue the study of literature unrestricted by national boundaries and conventional demarcations of culture. Comparative literature recognizes that all literary texts exist within the framework of world cultures and emphasizes the importance of bringing a multicultural perspective to understanding literary traditions.

  • Computer Science

    The minor is designed to provide students with entry-level career skills in computing, as well as substantial computing background for graduate studies in fields where computers have become primary research tools.

  • Creative Writing

    The minor in creative writing is designed for the student who wishes to pursue an emphasis in creative writing to complement a major in another area. The minor requires 12 hours in creative writing, 3 hours in advanced creative writing, and 6 additional hours in writing topics.

  • East Asian Studies

    Students who want to explore the languages and cultures of East Asia in some depth, but whose primary interests lie elsewhere, may choose a minor in East Asian Studies. The 24-hour minor combines a 6-hour core in East Asian culture, 12 hours of upper division Asian language, and 6 hours of electives taught in English.

  • Economics

    Those looking for an in-depth study of economics but whose primary interest lies elsewhere may complete an economics minor with 18 credit hours.

  • Education

    The Minor in Teaching allows students to select a focus on either elementary education or secondary education with a concentration on working with students with special needs or who are English language learners. 

  • English

    A minor in English consists of a minimum of 21 semester hours of English above ENGL 1302, of which at least 12 semester hours must come from upper-division courses.

  • Entrepreneurship

    The interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship is designed to cultivate, coordinate, and integrate Trinity's diverse resources for the development and application of creative entrepreneurial behavior and achievement. The minor builds on the overlap of three clusters of programs including art and humanities, science and engineering, and business and social sciences.

  • Environmental Studies

    The environmental studies minor provides an interdisciplinary study of Earth's environment and how human beings interact with it. The required courses address environmental issues from natural science, economic, and sociocultural perspectives. The minor requires at least 12 hours of lower division courses and at least 9 hours of upper-division courses.

  • Ethics

    The minor in philosophy requires 18 hours of philosophy courses, 9 of which must be upper division. The minor may cover environmental, biomedical, political, and legal ethics.

  • Film Studies

    The film studies minor, a 21-hour minor, recognizes film as a valuable form of cultural history. The discipline of film studies includes a range of activities, such as film history, film interpretation, and film theory. Production courses play a major role in any film studies program, and Trinity's film studies minor encourages students to take courses on video production, photography, writing, and other practical skills.

  • French

    The minor in French requires the completion of at least 18 semester hours, of which no more than 6 may be lower division. A minimum of 12 hours toward the minor must be completed at Trinity.

  • Geosciences

    This course of study is designed for students who desire to study geosciences in some depth although their major is in another field. The requirements are 18 semester hours in geosciences, nine of which must be upper division.

  • German Studies

    The minor in German requires the completion of at least 18 semester hours, of which no more than 6 may be lower division. A minimum of 12 hours toward the minor must be completed at Trinity.

  • Greek

    The minor in Greek requires completion of at least 18 hours in Greek, of which at least 6 must be in the upper division. A minimum of 12 hours toward the minor must be completed at Trinity.

  • History

    The minor in requires 18 semester hours in history with at least 9 hours coming from upper division courses.

  • History of Philosophy

    The 18-hour minor in the history of philosophy solidifies the funadmentals of philosophy and studies the history of human nature and philosophers in the past. 

  • Human Communication

    The human communication minor consists of 18 hours with at least nine hours coming from upper division courses.

  • International 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.

  • Latin

    The minor in Latin requires the completion of at least 18 hours in Latin, of which at least 6 must be in the upper division. A minimum of 12 hours toward the minor must be completed at Trinity.

  • Linguistics

    Trinity's linguistics minor provides students an opportunity to study the principles involved in the most basic and universal of human symbol systems. The minor equips students with the ability to understand the phenomenal process that we use in order to acquire our native linguistic abilities. The minor requires 4 semesters of a language other than English, plus 18 additional hours, 9 of which must be upper division.

  • Logic and Philosophy of Cognition

    The minor in philosophy requires 18 hours of philosophy courses, 9 of which must be upper division. The minor covers logic, reasoning, and the philosophies of science and mind.

  • Management Information Systems

    This minor provides business-oriented students with the computer skills needed to efficiently manage and transmit information.

  • Mathematics

    The department also offers an 18-hour minor in mathematics that requires the completion of Calculus I, II, and III and three additional upper division courses.

  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies

    The minor in medieval and Renaissance studies, an 18-hour minor, allows students the opportunity to discover and re-examine knowledge about the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and teaches students how to employ a variety of methods of historical and theoretical analysis as models for such scholarship. 

  • Music

    The minor in music, designed for the student who wishes to continue an emphasis in music to complement a major in another area, requires a minimum of 26 hours.

  • New Media

    The interdisciplinary minor in new media is designed to prepare students to function professionally, academically, and personally in diverse new media environments. The minor, requiring 21 semester hours, promotes new media research, development, and designing while preparing students for careers in new media and other fields that are being transformed by evolving communication technologies.

  • Philosophy

    The minor in philosophy requires 18 hours of philosophy courses, 15 of which must be upper division. The minor covers both classical and early modern philosophy.

  • Philosophy of Art

    The minor in philosophy requires 18 hours of philosophy courses, 9 of which must be upper division. The minor may cover film, music, literature, and aesthetics.

  • Physics

    A minor in physics consists of 18 semester hours of physics courses, at least 9 hours of which must be at the upper division level.

  • Political Science

    Students interested in minoring in political science can obtain a degree in one of the five major concentrations. The minor consists of 18 semester hours, 12 of which must be upper division.

  • Psychology

    A minor in psychology may be obtained by successful completion of at least 18 semester hours. At least nine of these hours must be at the upper-division level. We recommend that you select the appropriate courses to complement your major or primary emphases of study in consultation with an adviser.

  • Religion

    The minor requires 18 semester hours in religion with at least 9 of the semester hours coming from upper-division courses selected in consultation with a faculty adviser in the religion department.

  • Russian

    The minor in Russian requires the completion of at least 18 semester hours, of which no more than 6 may be lower division. A minimum of 12 hours toward the minor must be completed at Trinity.

  • Scientific Computing

    The minor is designed for science and engineering majors who wish to explore the application of computing within the natural sciences.

  • Sociology

    A minor in sociology requires the completion of 18 semesters hours in the individual field of study, often in conjunction with other life science courses. Twelve hours of the minors must be upper division.

  • Spanish

    The minor in Spanish requires completion of at least 18 semester hours, of which no more than 6 may be lower division. A minimum of 12 hours toward the minor must be completed at Trinity.

  • Sport Management

    The sport management minor brings several academic departments together including business administration, economics, communication, history, human communication and theatre, and others to provide students a broad understanding of sports' impact and place in society. The 24-semester-hour interdisciplinary minor is designed to ensure graduates understand the important role sports play in society.

  • Theatre

    The theatre minor consists of 20 hours, including University Theatre Company I (two semesters for a total of 2 semester hours), 9 hours from a required core of classes, and 9 hours of additional theatre electives, of which no more than 3 credit hours of directed study or special topic courses may be applied.

  • Urban Studies

    The urban studies minor requires completion of 18 semester hours of urban studies courses, including The Urban Experience. At least 9 hours must be from upper division courses.

  • Women's and Gender Studies

    The women's and gender studies minor, a 19-hour minor, explores the cultural construction of gender and sexuality. Courses in the program examine gender and sexuality in the context of race and class, global and domestic politics, religion, and critical theory through literature, visual arts, and other media. The classes are designed to give students the critical skills and intellectual training they need to ground their personal and political concerns. 

Graduate Programs

  • Master of Arts in School Psychology

    Trinity University's Master of Arts in School Psychology is three-year, 60 semester hour graduate program that includes a yearlong internship and emphasizes preparation in assessment, mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching.

  • Master of Arts in Teaching

    Our five-year experience offers a combined baccalaureate and professional Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree. Trinity undergraduates intending to enter the M.A.T. program major in the subject they plan to teach, and earn a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in their academic discipline upon completion of undergraduate studies. Students then continue on into the one year, graduate-level program to earn their masters as well as state teacher certification during the 5th year.

  • Master of Education in School Leadership

    Trinity's Principal Fellows program is an innovative and intensive preparation that equips candidates with the transformational leadership skills required of successful educational leaders today. Candidates join a cohort of 20 members to earn a Master of Education degree in School Leadership and a State of Texas Principal certificate.

  • Master of Science in Accounting

    Trinity's Master of Science in accounting seeks to prepare students for a lifetime of learning and professional development. The program is the capstone to a process that begins with Trinity accounting students during their junior year, continues through senior year internships, and culminates with a master's education that enhances a lifelong accounting career.

  • Master of Science in 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. With two unique programs of study available to health care administration students--a three-year, on-campus program and a 23-month, off-campus executive program--our curriculum fits the schedule of an experienced professional or a recent college graduate.