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BA in Communication


Next enrollment cycle

January 2024

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First Year Course Fee

USD 47,649

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

The major offers a comprehensive communication core that addresses the foundational skills necessary to work in a wide variety of areas including: Sports Communication, Media Production, Social Media Management, Journalism and Broadcasting, Public Relations, Corporate and Organizational Communication.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in communication program at Trine University prepares students to solve 21st century problems.

Practical experience that complements your coursework

In addition to professionally-focused coursework, communication majors put the skills they learn to use in on-campus experiences and internships.

On campus, communication majors have the opportunity to call games and work with the Trine Broadcasting Network. They can also gain experience working for the Sports Information, Marketing, or Admissions offices. Students interested in event promotion or journalism can participate in the HAC media team which provides media coverage for the Humanities Symposia, Drama Club productions, Book Night, and various events in the Jannen School.

Be prepared for a career in communications

Students who earn a communication major at Trine are prepared to succeed in their careers. Over the past 5 years, 100% of communication majors have been employed in the field of communication.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2024
  • May 2024
  • August 2024

Admission requirements for transfer students:

  • Transfer students applying to the Allen School of Engineering and Computing must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and a grade of “C” or better in Calculus I, Chemistry I, and College Composition.
  • Transfer students applying to the Franks School of Education must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a grade of “C” or better in a mathematics course, a social sciences or humanities course, and English Composition 1.
  • Transfer students applying to the Rinker Ross School of Health Sciences must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and a grade of “C” or better in a mathematics course, a social sciences or humanities course, and English Composition 1.
  • Transfer students applying to the Ketner School of Business and the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.25 and a grade of “C” or better in a mathematics course, a social sciences or humanities course, and English Composition 1.  

High School Transcripts:

  • Request your high school to send a copy of your current transcript to Trine.
  • Transcripts can be submitted via mail, fax, Parchment, screenshot, and e-mail.
  • Trine University is Test Optional for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years. "Test-optional" means that standardized tests are not required from high school students when they are considered for admission to Trine University.  Of course, students can still choose to submit their test scores, however, those scores will be considered to be only part of the student’s overall academic record.  
  • High school students can take the American College Test (ACT) and/or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and request that scores be sent to Trine.
  • The University's code numbers are 1250 for the ACT and 1811 for the SAT.  
  • Test scores can be submitted via mail, fax, Parchment, screenshot, or e-mail and may be sent FREE from College Board to your counselor at any time.

Total Credit Hour - 120

General Education – 42 credit hours

• ENG 143 College Composition  or ENG 133 Technical Communication

• SP 203 Effective Speaking

• FLM 203 Film Appreciation

• HUM 203 Humanities Seminar

• PSY 113 Principles of Psychology

• COM 123 The History of Media  

• COM 163 Interpersonal Communication

• COM 203 Media and Society

• Social Science Elective – 3 credit hours

• Literature course – 3 credit hours

• Math elective - 3 credit hours

• Science elective - 3 credit hours

• Math or Science elective - 3 credit hours

• General Education - 3 credit hours

Program Requirements – 48 credit hours

Communication Core:

• COM 111 Communication Practices and Professions

• COM 213 Business Communication

• COM 233 Intercultural Communication

• COM 263 Communication Theories and Research

• COM 293 Argumentation and Debate

• COM 301 Media Practicum (taken twice) (2)

• COM 433 Media Law and Ethics

• COM 4013 Senior Capstone Internship

  or COM 4281 Senior Communication Proposal

  and COM 4292 Senior Communication Project

Public Relation Core:

• COM 153 Principles of Public Relations

• COM 253 Event Planning and Promotion

• COM 353 Public Relations Writing and Production

• COM 363 Rhetoric and Persuasion

• COM 453 Public Relations Planning and Campaigns

Digital Media Core:

• COM 183 Writing for Media

• COM 243 Digital Media Creation

• COM 343 Web Content Management

• COM 383 Advanced Writing for the Media

Additional Requirements – 45 credit hours

• UE 101 University Experience

• Free Electives – 14 credit hours

Choose from one of the following professional preparation tracks:

• COM+Criminal Justice - 15 credit hours

• LE 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice

• LE 153 Juvenile Justice

• LE 253 Probation, Parole and Community Corrections

• LE 263 Introduction to Criminal Law and Justice

• LE 273 Criminal Procedures and Evidence

COM+Sports - 15 credit hours

• EXS 103 Teaching of Sport Skills I

•  123 Teaching of Sport Skills II

• EXS 203 Risk of Sports

• EXS 221 Officiating

• EXS 483 Professional Development in Exercise Science

COM+Environment - choose 15 hours

• BIO 124/124L Principles of Biology II and Laboratory

• BIO 214/214L Conservation and Laboratory

• BIO 222 Florida Keys Trip

• BIO 334/334L Environmental Biology and Laboratory

• EAS 213 Physical Geography

• CE 3101 Environmental Engineering Laboratory

• CE 3103 Environmental Engineering (CH 114 prerequisite waived for COM+ majors)

• CE 4113 Environment Remediation


• THE 103 Intro to Theater

• COM 323 Advanced Public Speaking

• COM 423 Arts & Non-Profit Communication

Choose 9 hours:

• THE 203 Theater Production  

• THE 303 Special Topics (can be repeated)


• EXS 223 Esports Analytics

• EXS 253 Esports Administration

• HIS 283 History of Gaming

• SM 393 Sport Psychology

• CSIT 163 Using Programming Language to Solve Problems

COM+Strategic Focus:

Choose at lease 15 hours in consultation with your COM major advisor.

These courses must be approved by the HAC department chair to ensure they meet the professional track requirements

Non - Engineering

• ONE-TIME Intl Enrollment Fee:  $500  

• ONE-TIME Housing deposit:  $150  

• Tuition:                                         $33,650  

• Intl Health Insurance:               $1,499  

• Housing & Meal Plan:             $11,700  

• Student Fee*                                 $530  

• Parking Permit Fee**                   $120  

• Total Annual Estimate ***         $47,649  


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