ENGLISH/COMMUNICATION

53 credit hours

WHY STUDY ENGLISH/COMMUNICATION AT TIU?

Trinity English/Communication students are known in the community for their strong writing and their reliable characters. You’ll start gaining practical writing and publishing experience working on the Trinity Digest or The Trillium, the campus arts journal, and then you’ll intern in a professional setting. Trinity is located just north of Chicago, so you can pursue internships that will build a distinguished resume and that often launch students’ careers in corporate communications. publishing, or even ministry.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO EARN MY DEGREE?

You can expect to finish your degree in 3-4 years, depending on your course load.

DID YOU KNOW?

English/Communication majors graduate with a professional writing portfolio ready to take to the job market.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Requirements total 53 hours. This includes 47 hours of English courses and 6 hours of related courses. Nine hours required in the major meet general education requirements. 

The English/Communication major is designed to educate you in a dual writing/literature track. With Trinity’s English/Communications major, you’ll be equipped for careers in media (including public relations), law, library science, and government. You’ll also be prepared for graduate work in communication and, with additional literature courses, prepared for graduate work in English as well.

COURSEWORK:

The English/Communication major combines a substantial portion of the English major with coursework and hands-on training in media writing and other communication methods. You will build skills in publishing, design, and even politics, and will complete an internship where you’ll put your work in front of real audiences. Some courses include:

  • Mass Communication
  • Media Writing

English / Communication

Course Title Credits
Genre Courses
ENG 220 Studies in Poetry 3 hours
ENG 222 Studies in Fiction 3 hours
Core Communication Courses
COM 120 Studies in Poetry 3 hours
ENG 240X Studies in Fiction 3 hours
ENG 340X Studies in Drama 3 hours
ENG 440X Topics in Media Studies 3 hours
Practical Courses
ENG 445 Internship 3 hours
3 hours from the following (with instructor’s guidance and consent)
ENG 241X Pre-Practicum
ENG 441X Practicum
Skill Courses
Select one of the following:
ENG 112 Speech 3 hours
ENG 210X Business Communication 3 hours
ENG 336 Creative Writing 3 hours
Period Courses
ENG 306 Renaissance Literature 3 hours
ENG 310 Romantic Literature 3 hours
Period and Author Courses
Select two of the following 6 hours
ENG 230 Survey of Contemporary Critical Theory
ENG 302 Classical Literature
ENG 315 Modern European Literature
ENG 317 Russian Literature
 ENG 318 American Literature I:
Puritanism Through Transcendentalism
ENG 320 American Literature II:
Civil War Through Depression
ENG 350 Topics in Literature
ENG 406 Shakespeare
Advanced Courses
ENG 420 Capstone Seminar in the British Novel 3 hours
Related Courses
COM 204 Mass Communication
POL 250 American Government
Choose the remaining 3 hours from the Period and Author Courses, or an appropriate Upper Division Communication or Graphic Design course, in consultation with an advisor and consent of the professor of record, if needed.
Total 54 hours

CAREER OUTCOMES:

Public Relations Officer Curriculum Planner
Journalist Editor-in-Chief
Media Analyst Speechwriter
Copywriter Consultant
Drama Critic Web Content Editor

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