The minor in Arts, Letters, and Enterprise is an interdisciplinary program in which students explore various aspects of administering complex organizations in the modern world. The program is designed to afford students the opportunity to further develop the critical thinking, writing, public speaking, leadership, and business literacy skills used in traditional business environments and by those in the arts, theatre, non-profit, technology, and governmental sectors.

Students studying Arts, Letters, and Enterprise are strongly encouraged to study a foreign language beyond the minimum required by the university. Students beginning this minor are also encouraged to take ACCT 1300 prior to MGMT 2301.

Students may not receive both an ALE minor and certification.

Requirements for the minor

I. Completion of  a minimum of 21 credit hours as follows (9 of which must be upper division):

A. Required Courses:

Course ID Course Title
ACCT 1300 Understanding the Language of Business
MGMT 2301 Management of Organizations

and one of the following courses:

Course ID Course Title
ANTH 3368 Anthropological Ethics
COMM 3364 Ethics and the Mass Media
NEUR 3310 Neuroethics
PHIL 1350 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 1354 Ethics
PHIL 1359/BUSN 1359 Professional Ethics
PHIL 2456 Applied Ethics

B. Elective Courses (At least twelve credit hours. At least three credits must be taken from each of the following three categories.):

Please note that the courses listed here are a representative selection of possible courses. Many other courses taught at Trinity may also satisfy certain components in the minor. Students may propose a course not listed below for inclusion in the minor. To do so, they must submit a completed proposal form to the ALE program chair (forms can be obtained from chair). The proposal should detail how the course fits with the ALE minor and requires consent from a faculty member who teaches the course.

  • Writing and Analysis in the Humanities and Social Sciences
    Courses in the Writing and Analysis section must have a substantial writing component and analytical component. Typically, courses will include a minimum of 15-20 pages of written work. Depending on the faculty member’s preference, this total may include multiple shorter papers, one longer paper, or work involving revision in response to faculty or peer critique.  One course may be counted towards your major and the ALE minor.
Course ID Course Title
ANTH 3464 Morality and the Marketplace
ART 3314 Issues in Contemporary Art* 
ENGL 3414 Advanced Exposition and Argument*
ENGL 3335 Rhetorical Analysis*
FREN 3305 Introduction to French Literature I*
FREN 3306 Introduction to French Literature II*
FREN 4304 Topics in French Literature of the Eighteenth Century*
FREN 4305  Topics in French Literature of the Nineteenth Century*
MUSC 3341 Music History 1: Ancient Greece to Mozart*
MUSC 3342 Music History 2: Classical Era to the Present*
PHIL All upper division courses**
PLSI 3352 Civil Rights and Liberties
PLSI 3361 Classical Political Thought
PSYC 2401 Statistics and Research Methods
PSYC 3451 Clinical Psychology*
RELI 1320 Ethical Issues in Religious Perspective
RELI All upper division courses*
SPAN 3321 Spanish Cinema*
  • ​​​Principles of Organizations and Communities
Course ID Course Title
BUSN/HCOM 3362 Organizational Communication
HCOM 1300 Theories of Communication
HCOM 1333 Public Speaking
HCOM 2304 Interpersonal Communication
HCOM 3360 Communicating in Small Groups and Teams
HCOM 3364 Communication and Effective Leadership
PLSI 3303 Elections and Campaigns*
THTR 1343 Improvisation
  • Applications
Course ID Course Title
ALE 3301 Grant Writing and Fundraising* 
ALE 4-90 Internship
ART 1410 Design
ART 3314  Issues in Contemporary Art*
ART 2314/ENGL 2340/GNED 2340/MUSC 2340/THTR 2340 Creative Thinking and the Artistic Process
BAT 2301/ECON 2320 Statistics for Business and Economics
BUSN 3335 Entrepreneurship and Venture Planning*
ENTR 2190 Exploring Entrepreneurship Opportunities*
ENTR 3340 Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship*
ENTR 3341 Entrepreneurial Planning and Strategies*
MKTG 2301 Principles of Marketing
MKTG 3382 Integrated Marketing Communications*
MUSC 4321 Applied Music Pedagogy
SPMT 3316 Leadership for Sport Professionals
THTR 3342 Stage Management
THTR 3343 Arts Management

*This course has at least one prerequisite.
**Excluding PHIL 3-90, PHIL 3-91, and PHIL 4-90.

Distribution Requirement:
No more than six (6) of the elective credit hours used to satisfy the minor requirements may come from any one department. Additionally, ALE minors who are also pursuing any major in the School of Business may not use any Business course other than MGMT 2301 to fulfill this minor.

Contact Us

 Department Website

  Carl Leafstedt, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)
  Jacob Tingle, Ed.D. (Co-Chair)
  Luis E. Martinez, Ph.D. (Co-Chair)


Discover More

From the Arts, Letters, and Enterprise Program.



We're here to help!

Our team of expert academic advisors are ready to provide guidance and support.

Visit the Advising Office