Majors & Minors

The communication curriculum focuses on the fundamental theories and skills that prepare students for careers in media writing and production as well as advertising and public relations. Courses focus on everything from public relations to video games, from film to social media, and from transmedia storytelling to broadcast journalism.

Major

Bachelor of Arts in Communication

The communication curriculum is divided into three interrelated areas, all of which drive a better understanding and a greater curiosity about how the media works:

  • Media Studies includes history and theories of social and mass communication; communication-related public policy; structure, organization, technology, ethics, criticism, and social and aesthetic functions of communication institutions and their messages.
  • Media Messages focuses on writing and production skills and theory related to the creation of audio, print, video, and interactive media messages.
  • Media Management is about planning, research, management, and legal regulation in contemporary communication media and media-related organizations.

Minor

Trinity also offers a minor in Communication for students who seek to enhance their liberal arts education with a greater understanding of media systems, content, and audiences. The minor requires 21 semester hours, 9 of which must be upper division.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Film Studies

This minor provides foundational knowledge to enable students to learn more about the medium of film, national cinemas, and video production. The 21-semester-hour minor seeks to enhance understanding of visual culture and will help prepare for advanced graduate study.

New Media

The interdisciplinary minor in new media is designed to prepare students to function professionally, academically, and personally in diverse new media environments. The minor, requiring 21 semester hours, promotes new media research, development, and designing while preparing students for careers in new media and other fields that are being transformed by evolving communication technologies.

Communication Management

The minor in communication management is an interdisciplinary program that studies both advertising and public relations as part of the management of communication processes by combining mass media, speech communication, marketing, and business principles. The minor requires completion of 24 semester hours, consisting of 15 hours in required courses and 3 hours in each elective area.