Interdisciplinary and Supporting Courses (College of Arts and Sciences)
- Course Descriptions
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
Credit is granted for a score of 4 or 5 on the AP examination. These credits may replace the General Education Curriculum language requirement.
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).
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.