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BA Communication

Trine University Student AchievementsThe 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
  • Journalism and traditional media outlets (print and broadcast)
  • Public relations
  • Corporate and organizational communication
  • New media (audio and video production, social media management, etc.)


Trine University's communication degree now offers the opportunity to earn training and preparation for specialized professional areas, in addition to core courses in new media and public relations.

COM+Criminal Justice: This track is of particular interest to students who want to do public relations work for law enforcement or who are interested in doing journalism related to court and legal proceedings. Students who complete this coursework will earn an official criminal justice minor.

COM+Sports and Recreation: This COM+ track is of particular interest to students who want to do public relations work for sports and recreation organizations, or who are interested in maintaining contact with sports and recreation while pursuing other communication career objectives.

COM+Environment: This interdisciplinary COM+ track draws on biology and civil engineering, and should appeal to students who have a passion for conservation and sustainability. State and national parks need communication experts, as do nonprofit conservancy organizations and the government entities that work to protect our environment. COM+Environment prepares communication experts for these fields.

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

Practical experience that complements your coursework

While taking coursework in traditional journalism, public relations, and new media production, Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication students practice what they learn in class through both off-campus internships and on-campus media practica.

On campus, our communication majors have the opportunity to call games and work for the Sports Information office; they work for our marketing and admissions departments; and they get real-world experience working with our campus radio station, WEAX. Students who are more interested in developing skills in public relations have the opportunity to participate in event promotions within the department with the Humanities Symposia, Drama Club and the Overlooked Film Festival.

To learn more about projects that communication majors participate in, check out

Be prepared for a career in communications

Once you earn your Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication degree, you will be prepared to lead, succeed and thrive in a communications career, shaping the future by safeguarding the interchange of information and transforming public opinion.

One hundred percent of our graduates in the Class of 2016 were employed or in graduate school within six months of commencement. Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication graduates have gone on to work for agencies or represented corporations, municipalities and educational institutions.

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 (
  • 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