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BA in Communication

The world needs people who can communicate

Everyone has a story to tell. With Trine University’s Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication, you can help tell it better.

The degree: Choose your specialty

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication program offers a comprehensive communication core, with coursework covering multiple media and optional training for specialized professional areas.

COM+Criminal Justice: This professional track is ideal if you want to attend law school, communicate for law enforcement, or are interested in journalism related to legal proceedings. Students in this track earn a criminal justice minor.

COM+Sports and Recreation: This professional track prepares you to work in marketing and communication for sports organizations, and/or sports broadcasting.

COM+Environment: Carry out your passion for sustainability in this interdisciplinary track, which draws on biology and civil engineering to prepare you for work as a communication expert in a conservancy organization, government department such as the EPA, or state or national park.

COM+Strategic Focus: This professional track provides training that allows you to pursue specific career goals not addressed in specific COM+ tracks. Specific content will be decided in consultation with an advisor and the department chair.

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

The experience: Practical opportunities that complement your coursework

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

Communication majors have the opportunity to call sporting events and work with the Trine Broadcasting Network to produce podcasts. You also can gain experience working for the Sports Information, Marketing or Admission offices. If you are interested in event promotion or journalism, you can participate on the HAC media team, which provides media coverage for events in the Jannen School.

To learn more, check out trine.edu/HAC.

The result: Be prepared for a communications career

Over the past five years, 100 percent of communication majors have been employed in the field, including areas such as:

  • Sports communication
  • Media production
  • Social media management
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Public relations
  • Corporate and organizational communication

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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