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BA Communication

Trine Merit PageThe Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication program at Trine University prepares students to solve 21st century problems. The major offers a comprehensive communication core that addresses the foundational skills necessary to work in a wide variety of areas including:

  • Sports Communication
  • Media Production
  • Social Media Management
  • Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Public Relations
  • Corporate and Organizational Communication


In addition to the comprehensive communication core, communication majors receive training for specialized professional areas according to their interest.

COM+Criminal Justice: This professional track is of particular interest to students who want to attend law school, do communication for law enforcement, or who are interested in journalism related to legal proceedings. Students who complete this coursework will earn an official criminal justice minor.

COM+Sports and Recreation:This professional track prepares students who are interested in doing public relations for sports and recreation, working in marketing and communication for sports organizations, and moving into the field of sports broadcasting.

COM+Environment: This interdisciplinary professional track draws on biology and civil engineering to prepare students with a passion for sustainability to work as communication experts in conservancy organizations, government departments such as the EPA, and state and national parks.

COM+Strategic Focus: This professional track provides training in a specific field that allows students to pursue specific career goals. Examples might include students who want to work in politics, nonprofit administration, or other careers not addressed in specific COM+ tracks. (The specific content of the strategic focus will be decided upon in consultation with an advisor and the departmental chair.)

Trine University is developing additional COM+ options. For more information on these or on the existing programs, contact Christine Olding, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Humanities and Communication.

Practical experience that complements your coursework

In addition to professionally-focused coursework, communication majors put the skills they learn to use in on-campus experiences and internships.

On campus, communication majors have the opportunity to call games and work with the Trine Broadcasting Network. They can also gain experience working for the Sports Information, Marketing, or Admissions offices. Students interested in event promotion or journalism can participate in the HAC media team which provides media coverage for the Humanities Symposia, Drama Club productions, Book Night, and various events in the Jannen School.

To learn more about projects that communication majors participate in, check out trine.edu/HAC.

Be prepared for a career in communications

Students who earn a communication major at Trine are prepared to succeed in their careers. Over the past 5 years, 100% of communication majors have been employed in the field of communication.


Additional Information

When seeking an internship in the Communication field, the possibilities are seemingly endless. These are just a few internships our students have held:

  • ACRES Land Trust, Huntertown, Indiana
  • AGS Capital, LLC, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Angola Chamber of Commerce, Angola, Indiana
  • Ashley Industrial Molding, Ashley, Indiana
  • Caleo Cafe, Angola, Indiana
  • Community Action of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Drug Free Steuben County, Angola, Indiana
  • Herald Republican, Angola, Indiana
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Freedom Football, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Fort Wayne Tin Caps, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Game Informer Magazine, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Girls, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park, Porter, Indiana
  • Indiana GOP, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Majic 95.1 WAJI, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
  • Monster World Wide (Monster.com)
  • The Peace Corps
  • Steuben County Community Foundation, Angola, Indiana
  • Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater, Michigan
  • Visit Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • West Virginia Miners Minor League Baseball Organization, Beckley, West Virginia
  • WKFS Clear Channel Radio, Cincinnati, Ohio

**Internship occurred on the campus of Trine University

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication students have career possibilities that include:

  • Public Relations Manager or Consultant
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Special Event Planner or Publicist
  • Director of Corporate Communications
  • Newscaster or Sports Announcer
  • Reporter or Editor
  • Director of Sports Information
  • Media Account Manager
  • Director of Development
  • Webmaster or Web Designer
  • Radio Station Manager
  • Media Buyer
  • Professional Fundraiser
  • Community Affairs Coordinator
  • Communication Professor
  • Press Secretary or Spokesperson
  • Alumni Relations Coordinator
  • Public Information Officer
  • Blogger
  • Communications Consultant
  • Non-profit Communication Director
  • Video Producer or Editor 
Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment