International Studies | Major & Minor
International Studies Program
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, Texas 78212-7200
The Bachelor's of Arts in international studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines a rigorous curriculum, broad approaches to world affairs, foreign language learning, experience abroad, and specialized studies arranged in close consultation with the faculty advisory committee. Trinity also offers a 21-hour minor in international studies.
Students take required core courses and choose one of the seven regional or functional concentrations, including East Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Middle East Studies, International Affairs, or International Environmental Studies. Each concentration has specific requirements.
Subsequent to selecting a concentration, the program provides six modern languages for students to become fluent in before taking advanced courses in the language or taking their studies abroad. Trinity offers an array of modern languages that help meet the requirements of the international studies program including French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, and Chinese.
In addition to the modern language courses, students have an opportunity to participate in Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC), which allows students to take special language courses outside the conventional language curriculum in such diverse fields as business, the environment, economics, and anthropology. Work in these courses is typically done in the target language.
Beyond the classroom, students can participate in international days on campus, national and international internships, study abroad opportunities, multicultural clubs, Sigma lota Rho honor society, and several cultural lectures, exhibitions, and films. The program provides these options so students can gain a wide variety of experiences from several perspectives and learn and gain a well-rounded world view on current issues.
Students can also participate in the Model United Nations, which has recently included travel to Boston and Taiwan.
Xin Ma, Raul Erazo, and Anran Xu provided musical entertainment at the annual international banquet.