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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.

Arts, Letters, and Enterprise (ALE) is designed to further develop students' critical thinking, writing, public speaking, leadership, and business literacy skills.  The intent is to further broaden the skill sets Trinity's students take with them after graduation, whether that leads to careers in traditional business environments or to careers in the arts, theater, non-profit, technology, and government sectors.

Trinity University is the only highly selective college or university in the United States with a program like this.

The Arts, Letters, and Enterprise Minor

The minor in Arts, Letters, and Enterprise is an interdisciplinary program that requires students to complete 21 credit hours. Students take three required courses, and complete the minor with electives of their choosing, one of which may be an internship at a local non-profit organization.

Required courses:

  • ACCT 1300: Understanding the Language of Business
  • ART 2314: Creative Thinking and the Artistic Process
  • MGMT 2301: Management of Organizations

Elective courses can be selected from a range of courses that satisfy the following components:

  • Writing and Analysis in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Principles of Organizations and Communities
  • Applications

The Arts, Letters, and Enterprise Certification

The Arts, Letters, and Enterprise certification also gives students an opportunity to build knowledge while gaining practical experience in an internship off campus. This path requires fewer hours than the minor. ALE certification is especially suited for students pursuing a degree in clinical sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences, and those interested in non-profit management. It requires completion of at least 12 credit hours, plus a supervised internship of one-semester duration or the equivalent.

Required courses:

  • ACCT 1300: Understanding the Language of Business
  • ART 2314: Creative Thinking and the Artistic Process
  • MGMT 2301: Management of Organizations

Faculty

The Arts, Letters, and Enterprise faculty advisory committee is composed of professors who teach and publish research in their respective disciplines. This interdisciplinary program committee includes faculty from art, art history, biology, business administration, communication, engineering science, English, music, religion, and theater.

  • Aaron Delwiche, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Communication
  • Carl Leafstedt, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Music; Co-Chair
  • Jack Leifer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Engineering Science
  • James Shinkle, Ph.D., Professor, Biology
  • Patricia Simonite, M.F.A., Professor, Art
  • Dante Suarez, Ph.D., Associate Proessor, Business Administration
  • Jacob K. Tingle, Ed.D., Assistant Professor Of The Practice, Business Administration; Co-Chair
  • Betsy Tontiplaphol, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English
Minor Description: 

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.