The College has established a general education program that engages students in many different fields of learning. Education majors should see specifications to general education requirements located in the “Division of Education” section of the catalog.


The purpose of the general education program is to introduce students to the breadth of liberal arts learning, and to provide the foundations (biblical, conceptual, and contextual) for all subsequent education, and for learning across the lifespan. Specifically, we intend that by the time of graduation the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate a Christian world-and-life view
  2. Think critically, reason clearly, and communicate effectively
  3. Utilize quantitative and analytical skills
  4. Employ moral reasoning and judgment as an outgrowth of personal faith and commitment
  5. Interpret the biblical themes of creation, fall, and redemption—in particular as they relate to the arts and humanities
  6. Respond thoughtfully, redemptively, and empathically to social changes
  7. View current issues in their global and historical contexts and in relation to social, cultural, and natural constructs
  8. Respect diverse religions and cultures, engaging others with sensitivity and discernment
  9. Live healthfully and pursue wellness

General Education Requirements

Foundations of Christian Thinking and Living (goals 1, 4, 5) 1
BI 101Understanding the Old Testament3
BI 111Understanding the New Testament3
BI 210Biblical Interpretation3
IDS 150Foundations of Christian Thinking and Living3
IDS 499XIntegrative Thought Capstone0-1
Foundations of Life Long Learning (goals 2, 3, 5)
Communication Skills:
ENG 111Critical Thinking and Writing 23
Arts and Humanities:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Philosophy
Select one of the following:3
Studies in Poetry
Studies in Fiction
Studies in Drama
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
Comparative Arts
The Western Cultural Heritage I 3
Music Appreciation
Introduction Music History and Literature
Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning:
Select one of the following:4
Introductory Biology
Environmental Biology
General Biology
Biology: Plant and Animal Kingdoms
Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
Select one of the following:3-6
Contemporary Chemistry
Introduction to Chemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
and Measurement, Research, Statistics and Technology
General Physics I
General Physics II
Earth Science
Introduction to the Physical World
Students who have an ACT Math subscore between 17 and 24 or an SAT Math subscore between 400 and 560 (inclusive) select one of the following: 4,5
Mathematics in the Modern World
Finite Mathematics
College Algebra and Trigonometry
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Introductory Statistics
Foundations of Cultural and Global Perspectives (goals, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Historical and Cultural Contexts:
Select one of the following:3
World Civilizations to 1600
World Civilizations Since 1600
The Western Cultural Heritage I 2
Economic, Social, and Political Structures:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Economics
World Geography
Introduction to Political Science
American Government
International Relations
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Approved cross-cultural experience (limit of 3 credits in this category)
Religious and Ethnic Diversity:
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Religious Diversity
Intercultural Communication
Cross Cultural Contexts
Survey of World Music
Race and Ethnic Relations
Approved cross-cultural experience (limit of 3 credits in this category)
Foreign Language Competency:
See note 6 below.0-8
Foundations of Personal Growth, Health, and Wellness (goals 4, 9)
HPW 180Introduction to Health and Wellness3
or HS 202 Nutrition
Select one of the following:3
Sport and Wellness Psychology
Introduction to Psychology
Life Planning
Human Sexuality
Psychology of Addiction
Educational Psychology/Human Development 7
Total Hours46-58

 Students who transfer to Trinity as juniors (minimum 58 hours earned) must take IDS 150 and two of the three Bible classes in the category (BI 101, BI 111, and BI 210). 


Students whose ACT English subscore is lower than 19 (or whose SAT English subscore is lower than 450) need to take:

(depending on the scores) as a prerequisite to ENG 111.


3 credits apply here and 3 may be used in the Historical and Cultural Contexts category under Foundations of Cultural and Global Perspectives.


This requirement is waived for students who have earned an ACT Math subscore of 25 or higher or an SAT Math subscore of 570 or higher.


Students whose ACT Math subscore is lower than 17 (or whose SAT Math subscore is lower than 400) and/or who haven’t successfully completed a high school Algebra II course need to take MA 116 (3 hours) as a prerequisite to the courses listed.


 In order to graduate, students must demonstrate competency in a foreign language by one of the following means:

  • Two years of high school study of the same language with grades of C or higher both years
  • Two semesters of study of the same language at Trinity with grades of C or higher in both semesters
  • Transfer from another college or university of two semesters with grades of C or higher in both semesters
  • Passing the appropriate competency exam for the language in question.

American Sign Language (ASL) does not meet this requirement.

7Education majors only