Interdisciplinary and Supporting Courses (College of Arts and Sciences)


Interdisciplinary courses are designed to provide students with the opportunity to link disciplines within the liberal arts as they engage in the in-depth investigation and analysis of special topics. These courses are organized as follows:

Critical Reading (CRS) courses strengthen critical reading skills through close readings of disciplinary texts.  The courses focus on foundational critical reading objectives, among which are identifying the text’s thesis or themes, main points, and types and quality of evidence,  paraphrasing or summarizing the content and meaning of the text, identifying the text’s purpose and audience, identifying the author’s organizational and rhetorical strategies, and recognizing strengths, weaknesses, and inconsistencies in the text.

Humanities (HUM) courses are offered by faculty in arts and humanities disciplines, including art, English, language and cultural studies, history, international studies, music, philosophy, theology, and women’s studies.

Interdisciplinary (INT) courses involve study across disciplines. Such courses challenge the student to engage in an in-depth analysis of content within the context of the connection of seemingly diverse and separate disciplines such as art and science. Courses offered under the INT designation are often Seminar II courses for the Foundation for Leadership Curriculum and are offered in a seminar format. Listings follow and are also noted in various program sections.

Language Studies (FREN, SPAN) courses are offered in French and Spanish to develop students’ fluency in another language and to provide experiences in the culture of its speakers. These skills help to cement a liberal education that is truly global in breadth and hands-on in practice.

Language Studies Policies

Advanced Placement:
Credit is granted for a score of 4 or 5 on the AP examination. These credits may replace the General Education Curriculum language requirement.

CLEP Policy:
The standard score or above on the CLEP examination satisfies the language requirement of the General Education Curriculum.

Grades in Designated Courses:
Students are required to earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in FREN 101 Elementary French I and SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I to advance to the next level. Thse courses cannot be taken Pass/No Pass.


Students who are taking courses in a language must take those courses in sequence starting with the introductory course to be followed by the second course (e.g., SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I before SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II and then SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish for Communication before SPAN 202 Spanish for Professional Communication).

Transfer Credits:

Students may apply transfer credits toward meeting the langauges requirement.

Natural Sciences and Math (NCSM) courses are offered by faculty in the natural sciences and mathematics. These courses are a combination of any of the following: biology, chemistry, and mathematics

Social Sciences (SSC) courses are offered by the faculty in the social sciences. These courses are a combination of the following disciplines: communication, economics, international studies, political science, public affairs, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies, as well as business and education.

Trinity also offers certain courses that support major coursework and serve as electives and/or General Education Curriculum requirements for students.  These courses are listed below as Supporting Courses.

Critical Reading Courses (CRS)

CRS 101 Critical Reading and Writing Seminar I

CRS 102 Critical Reading and Writing Seminar II

Humanities Courses (HUM)

HUM 300 Women in Love: The Novel in Europe and the Americas

HUM 381 Victorian Studies

Interdisciplinary Courses (INT)

INT 100 Academic Success Seminar

INT 105A Mathematical Problem Solving

INT 109 Information Literacy

INT 205 Effective Peer Mentoring

INT 373A Culture and Society in Latin America

INT 373B Culture and Society in the Caribbean

INT 407 Human Rights in the Americas

Language Studies (ASL, FREN, SPAN)

ASL 101 American Sign Language I

ASL 102 American Sign Language II

FREN 101 Elementary French I

FREN 102 Elementary French II

FREN 201 Intermediate French I

FREN 202 Intermediate French II

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish for Communication

SPAN 202 Spanish for Professional Communication

SPAN 213 Latina Voices

SPAN 215 Spanish for Global Business Enterprises

SPAN 223 An Introduction to Latin American Literature

SPAN 301 Reading and Writing for Advanced or Native Speakers

SPAN 302 Reading and Writing for Advanced or Native Speakers II

SPAN 491 Internship

Natural Sciences and Math (NSCM)

NSCM 499 Divisional Seminar

Social Sciences Courses (SSC)

SSC 107 Social Science Writing

SSC 300

Supporting Courses

ENVS 101 Discovering Planet Earth

PHYS 103 Acoustics: The Science of Music

PHYS 105 Astronomy

PHYS 111 General Physics I

PHYS 112 General Physics II