Undergraduate Programs in the School of Professional Studies

Associate Degree Programs

The Associate of Arts degree is offered for specially approved students at THEARC in southeast Washington, DC. Students completing the A.A. degree fulfill Core General Education requirements. Credit awarded in the A.A. degree may be transferred to Trinity’s baccalaureate programs. For more information, please see the Associate of Arts Degree Program at THEARC page in this Catalog.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant (O.T.A.) program leads to an Associate of Applied Science in occupational therapy. Students complete 26 credits of pre-requisite courses before applying to the O.T.A. program. These can be taken at Trinity, or credits can be transferred. Students then complete 44 credits of O.T.A.-specific courses, which blend online and on-campus learning. For more information, please see the Associate of Applied Science, Occupational Therapy Assistant page in this Catalog.

Baccalaureate Degree Programs

The undergraduate baccalaureate programs of the School of Professional Studies are designed to meet the needs of professionals seeking a baccalaureate degree. To this end, courses are conveniently scheduled on Saturdays as well as weekday evenings (Monday through Friday). Intensive one-week courses are available in the January Winter Term and the May Term. Students may earn either a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in a variety of major fields; additionally, they may earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) after acceptance into Trinity’s School of Nursing and Health Professions. Students who wish to take college-level classes but do not wish to complete the requirements of a degree are also invited to take classes as non-degree seeking students.

The SPS Core Curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in the liberal arts with a practical focus on workplace preparation, while providing them with opportunities to pursue their own interests and to further their intellectual development. The design of the SPS Core Curriculum allows for students who have some college credits to transfer applicable credits easily and to take advantage of experiential learning through internships and the TELL program.

Credit for college-level learning acquired outside of the traditional classroom format can be earned through Trinity’s Experiential Lifelong Learning Program (TELL). Additional information about TELL may be obtained from the School of Professional Studies Office 202/884-9620. Further information may also be found in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Undergraduate information sessions about the School of Professional Studies and other programs are held throughout the year. Students who attend these sessions receive information about applying to the program, academic curricula, advising, and financial services. Prospective students who attend an information session are eligible for a waiver of the application fee. For the most up-to-date information, please call the Office of Admissions at 202/884-9400 or refer to the School of Professional Studies main web site.

SPS Undergraduate Baccalaureate Curriculum

Undergraduates in the School of Professional studies complete coursework in three main areas:

  1. the Core, Trinity’s general education requirements,
  2. a chosen major field of study and
  3. optional elective courses.

Core, major and elective coursework each represent about a third of a student’s total credit hours needed for graduation. Many professional students enter Trinity with transfer credits in each of these areas.

Core Courses

The School of Professional Studies provides a Core curriculum of general education requirements. For a description of the curriculum and courses, please see the Undergraduate Core Curriculum section of this catalog.

Major Programs

The School of Professional Studies offers undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees:


Students may choose electives that complement their major fields or for personal educational enrichment. Advisors can assist students in determining which elective courses to choose. Descriptions of electives are found in the Course Descriptions: Elective and Supporting Courses and in individual program sections of this catalog.

Academic Advising in the School of Professional Studies

The School of Professional Studies is primarily responsible for assisting and supporting undergraduate students and graduate students in professionally-oriented graduate programs in planning their academic careers at Trinity. The staff is available to meet with students for program advisement, registration, schedule adjustments, declarations of majors, and review of core and major requirements. Students who are new to Trinity are immediately assigned to an SPS New Student Advisor. The New Student Advisor facilitates initial registration and transition to a permanent advisor. In addition, the Advising office coordinates orientation for undergraduate and graduate students, assists students in entering the Trinity Experiential Lifelong Learning (TELL) program and in the assessment of prior learning. Further information is available from the School of Professional Studies at 202/884-9620.

Additional services available to students are listed in the Campus Life and Student Resources section of this catalog.

Student Services and Facilities

In addition to the services provided by the Academic Services Center, SPS offers the following for its students:

On a limited basis, Trinity offers dormitory rooms to School of Professional Studies students who wish to stay overnight while attending classes on the weekend. Students may also lease a room on a long-term contract. Interested students should contact the Director of Residence Life at 202/884-9604 for fees and to make housing arrangements.

Child Care
As a general rule, because Trinity’s work is higher education, Trinity’s campus is not an appropriate environment for children. Students and faculty expect to be able to conduct their teaching and research in an adult environment; Trinity manages the campus for adults, and does not have the capacity to provide safe places for children. Please refer to Trinity’s Policy About Children on Campus.

Student Cyber Lounge
SPS students can mingle, study, or just relax in the Student Cyber Lounge on the ground floor of Main Hall. In addition, computers for registration following advising are located near the SPS main office (Suite 250) in the Main Building.