General Studies


The General Studies program provides an interdisciplinary approach to academic learning that has grown in popularity and influence over the last hundred years as the Academy has matured to embrace a view of human knowledge as integrated, related to experience and inseparable into fundamentally different spheres. Pursuit of the B.A. in General Studies provides students with the opportunity to attain skills and knowledge at the intersection of different academic disciplines in an integrated, coherent program of study. General studies students develop well trained minds while honing critical thinking and writing skills. General Studies students also enjoy the flexibility to choose focal areas according to their interests and experience. An undergraduate degree in General Studies prepares students for many post-degree paths including employment in the helping professions, human resources, public relations, public policy, and government related fields as well as post graduate degrees in these areas or in General Studies, Law and business.

An excellent degree completion program for students with transfer credits, Trinity’s Bachelor of Arts in General Studies allows students to specialize in one concentration area or to create an individualized degree program by choosing two areas of concentration ranging from Business Administration to the Humanities.

Major Requirements

The BA in General Studies requires 42 credit hours, which includes two required seminars and major coursework in up to two concentration areas (with at least 15 credit hours in each concentration area, and the remainder of the 42 hours in another concentration area or special concentration electives).

Required Courses: (6 credits)

  • Integrating Seminar: taken at the start of major coursework
    GST 301 TELL Seminar
  • Senior Seminar: taken at the completion of major coursework
    GST 401 Transforming Education into Action

Concentration Areas within the major

Majors can take up to two concentrations with at least 15 credit hours in one concentration.

  • Business Administration (15 credit hours available)
  • Human Resources (between 15 and 36 credit hours available)
  • Communication
  • Humanities
  • Information Systems

Required Concentration Courses within the major (choose up to two concentrations):

Business Administration Concentration
The business administration concentration introduces the field of business and develops the conceptual, analytical, functional, interpersonal, and communication skills that are essential for success in an increasingly complex and global business environment. Students develop the ability to assess and analyze complex situations, determine the relative importance of internal and external variables affecting organizational objectives and think through problem solving strategies. The BADM concentration is useful to students seeking graduate study or advancement in business.

  • GST 101 Fundamentals of Economics
  • GST 212 Fundementals of Accounting
  • BADM 101 Introduction to Business
  • BADM 231 Theory and Practice of Marketing
  • BADM 251 Management and Leadership Development

Human Resource Management Concentration
The Human Resources concentration introduces this growing field, a specialized blend of management and organizational behavior, psychology, and sociology. Grounded in the recognition that human capital is a key component of an organization’s competitive advantage, emphasis is placed on developing a broad Human Resource perspective, as well as familiarity with the technical aspects of the field. Human Resources study prepares individuals to assume positions in the HR profession within business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

  • BADM 371 Human Resource Management
  • BADM 373 Organizational Behavior
  • BADM 375 Introduction to Organizational Development
  • COM 315 Management Communication
  • PSYC 315 Psychology of Group Behavior
    Students may take up to 27 additional elective credits in this concentration

Communication Concentration
The Communication concentration introduces the scientific and artistic basis of communication with emphasis on interpersonal interaction and human relationships, organizational and institutional communication, public discourse and mass communication. The communication concentration is recommended for students pursuing employment and graduate study in areas that require demonstrated abilities in oral communication and written communication in different contexts.

Humanities Concentration
The Humanities concentration introduces students to Philosophy, Art, English, History, and Theology and Religious studies. Study of the Humanities encourages deep reflection on life, and helps students make sense of personal and work experiences as they are situated within the larger context of the meaning of human existence. The Humanities concentration is recommended for students interested in graduate study in humanities-related fields, law school, and employment in fields requiring analytical thinking, writing, and communication skills such as business, government and public service.

  • GST 100 Humanity and Culture
  • FNAR 101 Survey: History of Art I
    FNAR 102 Survey: History of Art II
  • PHIL 365 Readings in the Philosophy of Science
  • ENGL 271 Literature of the African Diaspora
  • GST 400 Senior Seminar in the Humanities

Students may take up to 27 additional elective credits in this concentration

Information Systems and Technology Concentration
The Information Systems and Technology concentration introduces students to this growing field. Students studying information systems and technology develop the skills and knowledge necessary to function in roles such as project managers, network engineers, and system administrators.

  • ISYS 141 Introduction to Programming
  • ISYS 201 Introduction to Computer Applications for Business
  • ISYS 211 Information Systems in Organizations
  • ISYS 221 Information Technology I: Hardware
  • ISYS 222 Information Technology II: System Software
    Students may take up to 27 additional elective credits in this concentration

Course Descriptions

As an interdisciplinary degree, General Studies includes coursework in many academic disciplines. Descriptions of courses designed for the program with GST designation follow, all other courses in the General Studies degree program can be found in the catalog listed by their disciplinary prefix or on the Supporting Courses for the School of Professional Studies page of this catalog.

GST 100 Humanity and Culture
GST 101 Fundamentals of Economics
GST 212 Fundementals of Accounting
GST 301 TELL Seminar
GST 400 Senior Seminar in the Humanities
GST 401 Transforming Education into Action