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Introducing Trinity’s Newest Majors and Minors
University approves six new programs in School of Business, Physics, and Art and Art History
Friday, April 16, 2021

Trinity University now offers more than 60 minors and more than 50 majors for students to choose from. In the past year, Trinity University has approved three new majors and three new minors. 

Alongside an applied physics major and a museum studies minor, Trinity approved two majors and two minors in the School of Business: majors in human resource management and marketing, and minors in global supply chain management and data science.

“Our theme throughout all of our majors is project-based, experience-based learning coupled with a real strong conceptual foundation,” says Robert Scherer, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business. These new programs, according to Scherer, will “provide a structured, comprehensive curriculum that is aligned with industry knowledge and experience standards.”

The addition of these programs to Trinity’s curriculum allows students to take these project-based classroom experiences and the liberal arts foundation of their courses to amplify their learning in an integrated, customized way. Our new majors and minors specifically target areas where students can make better use of their coursework to give them the best opportunities to apply their knowledge in their lives after Trinity.

New Majors:

Human Resource Management
Students pursuing the major in Human Resource Management (HRM) will fall under Trinity’s School of Business, but will also have the chance to expand their knowledge with specific courses that complement their management studies. The major is accredited by the CSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the curriculum has received approval by SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) as being aligned with the professional body of knowledge. The HRM major was designed with the input of managers in the HR profession and the School of Business’ Business Advisory Council. Not only will the courses prepare students to sit for the HR certification examination (SHRM-CP examination), they will also be developing their understanding of the subject through project and experience-based learning. The HRM capstone course includes consulting teams working for local small nonprofit organizations that do not have a full-time HR manager, which will prepare students for the practical application of the concepts they learn in the liberal arts and business curriculum.

The new major in marketing is a testament to the interdisciplinary approach to learning at Trinity. The major will be housed under the School of Business and will require at least six hours of coursework in psychology, anthropology, communications, and/or human communication, as well as at least three hours of experiential courses in applied marketing, consultancy and/or internship courses. This major is set up to give students an integrated understanding of marketing through a blend of liberal arts and professional programs.

Applied Physics
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics will be housed under the Department of Physics and Astronomy and will include at least 28 hours in physics and a concentration in either computer science, chemistry, or applied physics. This new major was incorporated into the University curriculum to better prepare students for more interdisciplinary fields in their studies and careers. In giving students the freedom to tailor their courses, this program is designed to help students wishing to pursue a multidisciplinary graduate program or career upon graduation.

New Minors:

Global Supply Chain Management 
The minor in global supply chain management is optimal for students who would like to achieve a general yet rigorous understanding of supply chain management fundamentals in a global setting, including topics such as operations, procurement, lean systems, sourcing, warehousing, supply chain analytics, and international logistics and distribution. The minor typically requires 20 credit hours in the School of Business, most of which will be business analytics technology courses, and the successful completion of a primary major.

Data Science
The minor in data science is directed towards students who would like to gain a foundational understanding of the subject through in-depth coursework, from data gathering and visualization to analytic models. Students will obtain insight on how to apply the course material to their post-graduate plans. The minor typically requires 20 credit hours in the School of Business, three hours in mathematics, and the successful completion of a primary major.

Museum Studies 
The new museum studies minor provides foundational knowledge of the history, theory, and practice of museums and their collections. Students will learn to think critically about how museums and their collections have defined history, culture, and art. The minor also introduces students to practical skills in museum management, educational programming, and grant writing. The primary courses provide opportunities for experiential learning about the curation, interpretation, preservation, and display of works of art and anthropological, historical, and scientific artifacts. The courses in the secondary curriculum provide essential content knowledge for successful museum internships and graduate work. 

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Sydney Rhodes '23 helped tell Trinity's story as a writing intern for Strategic Communications and Marketing.

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