Arts, Letters, and Enterprise | Minor

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Trinity's latest curricular innovation is the Arts, Letters, and Enterprise (ALE) program, which enables students to gain business literacy while pursuing majors in the humanities, the arts, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. The ALE program builds on two of Trinity's greatest strengths - its liberal arts and sciences core and a robust business administration program.  The program offers two paths for students: a minor and a certification program.  ALE is designed to further develop students' critical thinking, writing, public speaking, leadership, and business literacy skills.  The intent is to further broaden the skill sets Trinity's students take with them after graduation, whether that leads to careers in traditional business environments or to careers in the arts, theater, non-profit, technology, and government sectors.

Trinity University is the only highly selective college or university in the United States with a program like this.  It's another reason to consider Trinity.


Degrees Granted: Minor, Certification

The minor in Arts, Letters, and Enterprise is an interdisciplinary program that requires students to complete 21 credit hours.  Students take three required courses.  They complete the minor with electives of their choosing, one of which may be an internship at a local non-profit organization.

Required courses:

  • Understanding the Language of Business (accounting for the non-business major)
  • Creative Thinking and the Artistic Process
  • Management of Organizations

Elective courses can be selected from a range of courses that satisfy the following components:

  • Writing and Analysis in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Principles of Organizations and Communities
  • Applications

The Arts, Letters, and Enterprise Certification also gives students an opportunity to build knowledge while gaining practical experience in an internship off campus. This path requires fewer hours than the minor. ALE Certification is especially suited for students pursuing a degree in clinical sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences, and those interested in non-profit management. It requires completion of at least 12 credit hours, plus a supervised internship of one-semester duration or the equivalent.

Required courses:

  • Creative Thinking and the Artistic Process
  • Understanding the Language of Business
  • Grant Writing and Fundraising
  • Management of Organizations



The Arts, Letters, and Enterprise faculty advisory committee is composed of 12 full-time professors who teach and publish research in their respective disciplines. This interdisciplinary program committee includes faculty from art, art history, biology, business administration, communication, engineering science, English, music, religion, and theatre.