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Trinity University is excited to announce a new interdisciplinary major combining culture, arts, and engineering. This major in Fiesta requires completion of lower division and intermediate courses (12 hours). In addition, 27 hours of courses chosen from those listed under Fiesta Courses, including 12 upper division hours. The major also requires electives sufficient to total 124 hours.

Students may also choose to take courses in one of our exciting new minors in pinata building, cascarone design, river sustainability management, and balloon wrangling. Minors require 24 semester hours on campus and 3 semester hours in the form of an internship. Discover your potential. Read more about Fiesta.

 

LEEROY THE TIGER, Ph.D., Professor

As a tiger with many talents, professor LeeRoy was instrumental in the crafting of this much anticipated Fiesta major.

 

EL REY FEO, Assistant Professor

As our newest addition to the faculty for the Fiesta major, El Rey Feo's primary area of study is Crowd Management Systems and Human Conversation Studies.

Be on the lookout for more exciting faculty to join the Fiesta major team.

 

Requirements

The Major

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Fiesta are as follows:

I. The pathways curriculum
II. Departmental requirements:

  1. No fewer than 34 semester hours.
  2. Advanced Language study (at least 6 upper division hours)
  3. One of the following courses: GENR 1200 (Crowd Management Systems), or PERS 2420 (Customer Interaction Techniques), or SOCI/URBS 1300 (Human Conversation Studies)
  4. Required enrollment during each spring semester of residence in the major in FSTA 3100 (Fiesta Studies Colloquium). Course may be repeated for 6 hours, only 4 of which can be applied towards the major.
  5. Completion of FSTA 4500 (Fiesta Studies Senior Capstone).
  6. Concentrations

Fiesta Studies concentrations are individual programs of study that are designed with the student and their faculty departmental adviser. A student may propose courses from the concentration list (below) or with the approval of the adviser and program director, from among courses while taken abroad or at Trinity.

III. Electives sufficient to total 124 hours

Students are strongly encouraged to seek internships with the San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation, the San Antonio Conservation Society, the City of San Antonio, the Office of the Mayor of San Antonio, the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, as well as other organizations deemed fit by the student’s adviser or program director.

The Minor

The requirements for a minor in Fiesta are as follows: I. Completion of no fewer than 21 semester hours. II. Students must complete no fewer than 3 semester hours of advanced language study (Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in Spanish coursework). III. One of the following courses: GENR 1200 (Crowd Management Systems), or PERS 2420 (Customer Interaction Techniques), or SOCI/URBS 1300 (Human Conversation Studies) IV. Required enrollment during each spring semester of residence in the major in FSTA 3100 (Fiesta Studies Colloquium). Course may be repeated for 6 hours, only 4 of which can be applied towards the major.

The Concentrations

Fiesta Studies concentrations are individual programs of study that are designed by students in consultation with the appropriate concentration adviser.

A student may substitute courses taken abroad or special offerings that are not shown on the lists upon recommendation of the adviser and approval by the program director. Concentrations: I. Structural Design Management, Facilitation of Human Interaction, Artistic Understanding and Planning, Leadership Studies and Practical Applications.

The Senior Experience

The Senior Experience offers various ways for students to reflect on and unify their interdisciplinary coursework in Fiesta Studies. Particular attention will be given to performance and mastery of coursework during a study of ability during the Fiesta season.

Structural Design Management

Structural design management focuses on the creation of floats, grandstands, bleachers, booths, stalls, staircases, and other materials that are created during the Fiesta season. Study will focus on the structural integrity of these assemblies.

Concentration Courses
Select from the following lists:

Required Course Lists

  • ENGR 1100 Ground float and aqueous float design
  • ENGR 1205 Load bearing structural integrity

Specializations

  • ENGR 1300 Stall design dimensions and requirements
  • ENGR 1409 City of San Antonio structural codes and enforcements

Facilitation of Human Interaction

Facilitation of human interaction focuses on the human election of Fiesta. It looks at communicating with and understanding the individual, with a particular emphasis on their role as a consumer and an event participant. The concentration examines a consumer’s needs during Fiesta, as well as their understanding of the cultural importance of the event.

Concentration Courses
Select from the following lists:

Required Course Lists

  • HUMN 1400 Understanding the human in stressful situations
  • HUMN 1305 Human interest in events of cultural importance
  • HUMN 1650 Remaining calm in the face of a crowd onslaught

Specializations

  • HUMN 2009 Communication with single Fiesta parent
  • HUMN 3200 Communication with the impatient individual
  • HUMN 3605 Communication with a city official or police officer

Artistic Understanding and Planning

Artistic understanding and planning examines the artistic design of all things Fiesta. It examines the historical accuracy of costumes, floats, invitations, signage, and all other paraphernalia. The concentration also looks at ways that Fiesta reflects the artistic customs of the Latino culture and how those are embodied in all things Fiesta.

Concentration Courses
Select from the following lists:

Required Course Lists

  • ARTH 1200 Historical float design in Fiesta
  • ARTH 1350 Decoration of the city over the decades
  • ART 1400 City requirements for artistic patrons

Specializations

  • ART 2206 Poster design
  • ART 2400 Costume design and artistic expression
  • ART 3507 Medal design and sash making

Leadership Studies and Practical Applications

Leadership studies and practical applications prepares students for positions in leadership in Fiesta. Students will learn proper management techniques, how to deal with superiors and subordinates, how to speak with city officials, and how to manage and effectively control the crowds of Fiesta.

Concentration Courses
Select from the following lists:

Required Course Lists

  • LEDR 1320 Understanding the Fiesta mentality
  • LEDR 1400 Dealing with the inebriated Fiesta participant
  • LEDR 1577 Communication with the exacting boss

Specializations

  • LEDR 2540 Communication with large crowds
  • LEDR 2600 How to address the bilingual crowd

 

Major Description: 

The Fiesta major takes a comprehensive look at the annual Fiesta festivities in San Antonio. Through interdisciplinary work, students will examine the history and traditions of Fiesta, the planning and execution of its events, and the artistic aspects that make the festival unique.

Minor Description: 

The Fiesta minor provides a big-picture look at Fiesta in San Antonio, Texas, which occurs annually in April. Through interdisciplinary studies, students will examine the history and traditions of Fiesta and the elements that make the festival unique, and a host of other critical studies. Viva!