In order to assure a well-rounded liberal arts education, Trinity College requires all EXCEL students to gain understanding in a variety of fields. These requirements can be met by taking EXCEL general education courses, through transfer credit, credit for prior college-level learning, or credit by examination. Before graduating, students must have 45 credit hours of general studies distributed in the following way. Education majors must follow the specifications established by the Division of Education to meet EXCEL General Education requirements, as found in the Elementary Education section of the catalog.
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS 105E): 3 hrs
Biblical Studies: 6 hrs
3-credit course related to the Old Testament and 3-credit course related to the New Testament
Bible challenge exams will not be accepted to fulfill requirement.
Psychology: 3 hrs
General Psychology or Developmental Psychology
Social Sciences: 6 hrs
Representing at least two of the following fields: Anthropology, Economics & Business, Education, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Health & Wellness, Nutrition
Humanities: 12 hrs
Representing at least three of the following fields: : Art, English (excluding composition), Foreign
Language, History, Literature, Music Theory, Philosophy
Applied subjects (i.e., applied music, dance, drama) are not acceptable to meet this requirement.
College Writing: 6 hrs
Science: 3 hrs
From any of the following: Geology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences. If a course lacks a significant lab or fieldwork component, then a separate lab class will be required.
Math or Computer Science: 3 hrs
The math requirement is college algebra, its equivalent, or above, and computer must be general introduction, not programming, and completed within the past five years.
Intercultural Study: 3 hrs
To fulfill the intercultural study requirement, students must give evidence of exposure and sensitivity to diverse cultures. This may be accomplished through any of the following means:
- International study, travel, or internship with learning documented through a life learning paper
- Domestic intercultural study or work, with learning documented through a life learning paper
- One year of college-level foreign language study
- A college-level course (minimum 3 hrs) emphasizing intercultural studies; examples of courses offered through the EXCEL Program: Intercultural Communication in a Global Context (COM335E), Urban Sociology (SOC 335E), Acts from a Sociological & Cross Cultural Perspective (BI 432E), Race & Ethnic Relations (SOC 330E)