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 trine.edu/HAC.
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.