International Studies Program
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, Texas 78212-7200
Trinity student Katie Mueller feeds birds that congregate at the entrance to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Trinity's International Studies major gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and gain new perspectives on issues facing today's world. The major allows students to combine courses from various departments across campus into a single interdisciplinary major or minor under the direction of faculty advisors from the participating academic departments.
With a strong emphasis on gaining international perspective and experiences, the major requires students to select from seven concentrations including African Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Middle East Studies, International Affairs, and International Environmental Studies.
The international studies major also encourages students to participate in Languages Across the Curriculum (LAC) courses, which provide opportunities for students with advanced language skills to take courses outside of the conventional language curriculum in such diverse areas as business, the environment, history, economics, and anthropology. Work in these courses typically is done in the target language.
International studies works closely with Trinity's study abroad program, making it possible for majors and minors to spend part of their college career in another country, immersed in another language and culture. Internships can also be a part of the academic program, both nationally and internationally. In addition to the required weekly colloquium, the program also supports lectures, exhibitions, films, and international days on campus, among other student experiences.
Alumni from the international studies program have gone on to pursue further study in international politics, law, business, communications, and journalism, among other specialties. Many graduates land careers in business, journalism, and teaching, and many seek international employment.
Trinity sociologist documents the experiences of migrants who cross the border illegally and the human coyotes who guide them into South Texas