Communication gives shape to every aspect of human life. At Trinity, experienced educators and committed scholars strive to share their passion for developing thoughtful and skillful communication. With Chicago nearby, opportunities to engage the media, marketplace, or performing arts abound. Guest lectures, field trips, and internships intersect our studies to yield perspective and insight.
Semester programs in Chicago, Hollywood, Nicaragua, Washington D.C., and Martha’s Vineyard as well as interim classes in theatre, publishing, music video, or even world travel widen that perspective. By grounding the study of communication in a Christian worldview, studies in communication arts or business communication prepare students for a broad range of professional arenas and diverse graduate school tracks.
After completing the general education curriculum, you will be prepared to take the upper level courses in communication arts and business communication. You will learn to understand communication from a Christian perspective as a reflector of culture, a shaper of history, and as an art form. Most classes are limited to 20 students; many have closer to ten. This means you can cover more material in greater depth with personal attention from professors.
Our program seeks to integrate the concerns of engaged citizenship and biblical faithfulness. We strive to navigate the biblical tension of being in but not of the world. Conversations in and out of class emphasize ways to be both critical and contributive in public life, in the marketplace, and in the worshipping life of various faith communities. Communication students from our program are thoughtful contributors to society and engaged practitioners for the Kingdom of God.
Competence. Integrity. Global perspective. Christ-likeness. Graduates practice these qualities in a variety of careers. Our alumni pursue graduate degrees in communication, law, ministry, business, psychology, even physical therapy. They find work in the media as filmmakers, journalists, new media engineers, public relations specialists, or writers. They are employed in churches as ministers, youth leaders, or worship leaders. Graduates work in law, in non-profits, in human resources, in event planning, in sales and marketing. Trinity majors, grounded in core communication classes and refined in specialized interest classes, find diverse places in God’s world to live out their calling.
The Communication Arts Program seeks to graduate ethical and competent communicators who engage personal and professional life with practices and ideas integral to the field of communication as informed by a biblical vision or seeking the good of the other.
Our program honors the basic role of symbolic action in all culture by teaching effective oral, written, and digital communication; critiquing the economics and politics of mass media; exploring the resources of communication theory; and developing a Christian ethic of communication. Historically an important part of the curriculum at liberal arts colleges, our communication arts program approaches human communication holistically, seeking to unite theory and practice and to relate both to the broader general education curriculum.