The General Studies (Self-Designed) Major Curriculum
- Students shall be prepared for law school admission and have a sound foundation for legal studies.
- Students will attain a breadth and depth of the knowledge of social sciences.
- Students will experience the day-to-day requirements of practitioners in their chosen fields through internships.
- Students will understand the ethical behavior patterns demanded in professional conduct.
- The student will have skills necessary for good citizenship.
The curriculum requires the completion of 120 hours of course work. The average course load is 15-16 hours based on eight semesters. In the degree program description that follows, an asterisk (*) indicates those courses that satisfy Trine's general education requirements.
Bachelor of Arts - General Studies Self-Designed Major – 120 hours
*Written Communication – 6 hrs.
*Oral Communication – 3 hrs.
*Humanities & Social Sciences – 24 hrs.
*Computer Literacy – 3 hrs.
*Mathematics & Science – 10 hrs.
*Exercise Science – 2 hrs.
Freshman Studies – 1 hr.
Self-Designed Course Work – 45 hrs.
15 to 30 hours must be taken from two to three different academic departments at the 300 level or higher.
Capstone Project – 3 hrs.
Electives – 23 hrs.
In concert with the University mission statement, the mission of the Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Social Sciences Department is to provide career-oriented higher education and to deliver quality teaching to students seeking to complete the Trine University General Education requirements as well as to meet the social sciences, humanistic, global and American perspectives required by the Common Ground component in General Education. The Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Sciences provides an educational environment in which students receive individual attention as well as excellence in teaching. The Department offers programs leading to careers in criminal justice, mental health, and social sciences education, as well as a preparation for further professional training in law, public administration, psychology, history, and social service. The Department aims to prepare graduates to be productive early in their professional careers and to assume leadership roles in the public and private sector, while providing service to society.
To achieve this mission, Trine University undergraduate and graduate students receive personal attention through small classes and excellent teaching. We focus on your future by providing career-oriented higher education that emphasizes:
- active participation in classes, with a focus on teaming and collaboration
- the useful and practical, to complement rigorous theoretical study
- intentional co-curricular experiences to cultivate holistic student development
- learning how to do, while learning what to do