- Faculty List
C. Brittain, PhD (Dean of Divinity and Margaret E. Fleck Chair in Anglican Studies)
M. Moran, LL.B, LL.M, SJD (Provost and Vice-Chancellor)
M. Ratcliffe, BSc, PhD (Dean of Arts and Vice-Provost)
J. Duncan, MA, PhD (Director, Ethics, Society, & Law Program)
C. Ewing, PhD
C. Ewing, PhD
J. Fitzgibbon, PhD (Associate Director, Trinity One Program & Acting Director, International Relations Program)
M.J. Kessler, PhD (Director, Trinity One Program)
T. Sayle, PhD (Director, International Relations Program)
N. Spiegelaar, PhD (Associate Director Sustainability Initiative)
J. Leitch, LL.M, PhD (Associate Director, Ethics, Society & Law)
Visiting Professors and Special Lecturers
D. Livermore, PhD (Pearson Sabia Distinguished Visitor)
R. McCarney, LL.B, DLS (International Relations Program, James Coutts Distinguished Visitor)
Trinity College offers Trinity One, a set of first-year courses, an independent studies program, and three inter-disciplinary programs: Ethics, Society, and Law; Immunology; International Relations. The Major Program in Ethics, Society, and Law assembles courses offered by a variety of Departments and Colleges, including History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Woodsworth College and Trinity College. The Specialist and Major Programs in Immunology are assembled from offerings by the Departments of Biochemistry, Immunology, Molecular Genetics. The International Relations Program encompasses courses offered by the Departments of History, Political Science, Economics and Trinity College.
The Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program
Trinity One provides first-year students with the opportunity to explore together significant issues and ideas pertaining to the conduct of human life and world affairs. Trinity One has six streams, each linked to a prominent aspect of the College’s intellectual identity: Policy, Philosophy, & Economics; Ethics, Society, & Law; International Relations; Medicine & Global Health; Biomedical Health; and Environment & Sustainability. Each stream includes two seminar courses limited to 25 students. These courses foster small-group discussion and emphasize the development of critical-thinking, oral-presentation, writing and research skills. Co-curricular events enable students in the streams of Trinity One to hear guest speakers and to engage in informal conversation with one another and with their professors. Please see the Trinity One webpages.
Ethics, Society, and Law
The Ethics, Society and Law program allows undergraduates to explore some of the most crucial questions facing contemporary society, and to do so by means of an explicitly interdisciplinary approach. The humanities, social sciences and natural sciences all provide useful lenses for study and distinctive skill sets. Students are required to cover core areas in each of the streams; they additionally select their own areas of focus from optional courses in fields like philosophy, religion, anthropology, women and gender studies, economics, geography, political science, sociology and criminology. Engaging across disciplines, E, S and L majors acquire a strong critical preparation for well-informed, effective analysis and action, which will serve them professionally, locally and as members of the global community. Please see the ES&L webpages.
The study of international relations dates back to antiquity and remains one of the most vital disciplines in the academic community. Its purpose is to explore the enduring questions of the origins of war and the maintenance of peace, prosperity, sustainability and well-being, the nature and exercise of power within the international system, and the changing character of the participants and process and outcomes in international decision-making.
Drawing on the strengths of faculty members in History, Political Science, Economics and related disciplines, the International Relations program offers a structured and interdisciplinary education. The program provides students with knowledge of the historical and contemporary dimensions of the international system while introducing them to the methodologies employed in historical, political, economic and social scientific analysis.
The International Relations Specialist and Major are limited enrolment programs. For more information, please consult the International Relations Program webpages.
The Trinity College Independent Studies Program is open to students of all colleges. Only full-time students are eligible to apply. The program allows you to undertake extensive research into a topic that interests you, and is an especially suitable way of doing interdisciplinary work on subjects that are not directly part of the present university curriculum. Enrolment is open until the end of the first week of the semester in which the course will begin.
Participation in the program is restricted to students who have completed at least 10.0 credits and have maintained a CGPA of at least 3.50. Students applying to the Trinity Program must already have the agreement of a full-time faculty member of the University to act as supervisor for either a half course or a full year Independent Study course. The maximum number of independent studies half courses for which a student may receive credit is one, and the maximum number of independent studies full course equivalents for which a student may receive credit is two, typically one credit in third year and one credit in fourth year. Permission to undertake Trinity independent studies projects for the equivalent of two full courses will normally be granted only to students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.70. Your proposal must be approved by your supervisor and accepted by the director of the program.
Course numbers are as follows: Students enrolling for the first time register for one or more of TRN300H1, TRN301Y1, TRN302Y1 (third year), or for one or more of TRN400H1, TRN404Y1, TRN405Y1 (fourth year), as appropriate. Those enrolling for a second time register in one of TRN400H1, TRN404Y1, and TRN405Y1, as appropriate. Enrolment in third year TRN independent studies courses is not a prerequisite for fourth year TRN independent studies courses but students who initially enrol in fourth year TRN independent studies courses may not subsequently enrol in third year TRN independent studies courses.
Students are enrolled in TRN independent studies courses by the Dean of Arts’ office at Trinity College. Students should complete the enrolment approval process in enough time to be enrolled no later than the end of the first week of classes in the relevant term.
Please note that a TRN independent studies course is not a "directed reading" course. The expectation is that students should do original research and provide a report of this research as part of their evaluation.
Students are required to identify a second reader for their final reports, in addition to their direct supervisor, whose evaluation of the paper will form part of their final grade for the course. The second reader should also be a faculty member.
Students are required to file a graded progress report with the director of the program no later than two weeks before the last date for dropping the course without academic penalty. All work including final reports must be submitted on or before the last day of classes. The supervisor and second reader will then grade the report and copies of the final essay or report, one graded by the supervisor and one independently graded by the second reader must be emailed to the Director within one week of the last day of classes.
For more information, please see the Independent Studies webpage or consult the director.