COMMUNICATION

47 credit hours


WHY STUDY COMMUNICATION AT TIU?

Communication theories and vocabulary are useless without applied practice in your chosen area of concentration. As a communication major, you will have the opportunity to participate in professional internships that will give you hands-on experience to practice your skills. Leave Trinity prepared to excel in any number of demanding careers!

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO EARN MY DEGREE?

Most communication majors finish their degree in 3-4 years. Requirements for this degree total 47 hours. This includes 29 hours of required courses and 18 hours in your chosen concentration. Up to 3 of the hours required in the major may be used to meet general education requirements.

DID YOU KNOW?

During your time here, you will have the chance to work with Trinity’s communication & marketing department on key initiatives for the university.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

As a communication major, you will study a variety of theories about how humans communicate and what factors can prevent successful communication. You will learn how to develop your own theories about contemporary communication and then put them to the test by designing and conducting surveys, interviews, focus groups, and experiments. Communication majors will also focus on developing their written, oral, and visual communication skills.

COURSEWORK:

Requirements for this degree total 47 hours. This includes 29 hours of required courses and 18 hours in your chosen concentration. Up to 3 of the hours required in the major may be used to meet general education requirements. You’ll take interesting courses like:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Mass Communication

Emphases:

  • Business Communication
  • Communication for Ministry
  • Contemporary Media Studies
  • Leadership
  • Relational Communication

Communication

CORE
Course Title Credits
Overview of Communication
Select three of the following: 9 hours
COM 120 Survey of Communication Theory 3 hours
COM 204 Mass Communication 3 hours
COM 330 Intercultural Communication 3 hours
COM 332 Interpersonal Communication 3 hours
Communication in Practice
COM 112 Speech 3 hours
COM 240X Writing for the Media I 3 hours
COM 340X Writing for the Media II 3 hours
COM 241X Pre-Practicum* 2 hours
COM 445 Internship 3 hours
GPH 105 Foundational Design Software 3 hours
GPH 205 Intermediate Design Software 3 hours
* Two semesters 1 hour each
EMPHASES
Course Title Credits
Select one of the following emphases: 18 hrs
Business Communication Emphasis
BUS 334 Advertising 3 hours
COM 140 Introduction to Public Relations 3 hours
COM 210X Business Communication 3 hours
COM 230 Advanced Public Speaking 3 hours
COM 334 Group and Organizational Communication 3 hours
COM 490 Communication Capstone 3 hours
Total Hours 18 hours
Contemporary Media Emphasis
COM 140 Introduction to Public Relations 3 hours
COM 440X Topics in Media Studies 3 hours
GPH 110 Graphic Foundations 3 hours
GPH 210 Tangible Design 3 hours
GPH 230
OR
GPH 260
Introduction to Photography
OR
Typography
3 hours
GPH 305 Advanced Design Software 3 hours
Total Hours 18 hrs
Communication for Ministry Emphasis
CM 342 Relational Skills for Ministry 3 hours
COM 230 Advanced Public Speaking 3 hours
COM 334 Group and Organizational Communication 3 hours
COM 338 Gender and Family Communication 3 hours
COM 490 Communication Capstone 3 hours
Choose one of the following:
CM 175 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3 hours
CM 215 Foundations of Children’s Ministry 3 hours
CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministries 3 hours
CM 315 Principles of Family Ministry 3 hours
CM 400 Principles of Adult Ministry 3 hours
Total Hours 18 hrs
Leadership Emphasis
LR 170X
OR
LR 173
AND
LR 174
Leadership Dynamics
OR
Emerging Leadership I
and
Emerging Leadership II
3 hours
COM 230 Advanced Public Speaking 3 hours
COM 334 Group and Organizational Communications 3 hours
COM 490 Communication Capstone 3 hours
LR 378X Servant Leadership 3 hours
Leadership Practicum (choose one):
LR 470X Leadership Dynamics Practicum 3 hours
Combination of LR 220, LR 420, and LR 440 3 hours
Total Hours 18 hours
Relational Communication Emphasis
COM 334 Group and Organizational Communication 3 hours
COM 338 Gender and Family Communication 3 hours
COM 490 Communication Capstone 3 hours
PSY 220 Interpersonal Skills Training 3 hours
PSY 300
OR
PSY 350X
Personality Theories
OR
Social Psychology
3 hours
Select one of the following:
PSY 170X Leadership Dynamics 3 hours
PSY 230 Crisis Intervention 3 hours
PSY 356 Conflict Management 3 hours
Total Hours 18 hrs

CAREER OUTCOMES:

Media Writer Customer Care
Public Relations Specialist Editor
Communication Director Market Researcher
Creative Director Events Planner
Sales Manager Copywriter

 

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