About

Our Identity
The Department of Humanities and Communication draws together a group of faculty with diverse backgrounds. Those backgrounds allow us to bring unique specialties to the classroom and not only meet students where they are now, but also assist them in getting to where they want to be.

Of course, the same is true of our students. They arrive with varied backgrounds from diverse locations around the country and the world. Being a small department at a small, private university allows us to tailor experiences to best suit individual student needs.

Both of our programs, English and communication, seek to understand the transformative power of media, literature, film, composition, art, and other forms of the humanities. In a rapidly changing world dominated by technology, we believe it is more important than ever to deliver messages effectively and also to understand the perspectives of others, no matter which medium they’re delivered through.

Trine University
Our University
Founded in 1884, Trine University is a small, private university located in northern Indiana at the intersection of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. The campus sits on 450 acres that have seen more than $75 million in investment in the past decade, alone. The town of Angola features small town charm with accessibility to nearby metropolises such as Fort Wayne, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Toledo, and more. Steuben County is known for its 101 natural lakes and is a popular summer resort area.

Our Programs
Trine HAC offers two majors and two minors. All programs have recently been redesigned to uniquely meet the needs of students in the 21st century.

Bachelor of Arts in Communication
video editingIn communication, students take solid theoretical preparation courses and learn how to use theory in hands-on situations.

While taking coursework in New Media Production, main campus students practice what they learn in class via our new state-of-the-art Mac lab, as well as across campus through the campus radio station WEAX, campus marketing department, sports information office, and more.

Students in Public Relations classes will be involved through courses in developing PR campaigns and can participate in event promotions within the department with the Humanities Symposia, Drama Club, and the Overlooked Film Festival, as well as outside the department through internships with organizations such as the Fort Wayne Tin Caps, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Michigan International Speedway, and more.

Bachelor of Arts in English
lit classThis isn’t your high school English class. In the English major, students take solid theoretical preparation courses and learn how to use theory in hands-on situations.

In literature and creative writing courses, students will read intensely and discuss literature at a deep, analytical level. Those skills are then applied across courses in poetry, fiction, drama, film, video games, and graphic novels to develop a portfolio of original work that will make them competitive for graduate school. While taking coursework in Technical and Professional Writing, students practice what they learn in class and by working for Trine’s literary journal, Inscriptions, writing for the department website, and promoting departmental events like the Humanities Symposia and Overlooked Film Festival.

These experiences provide students with multiple opportunities upon graduation. First, they may pursue an immediate career in the job market that uses the professional writing or analytical skills. Second, they may choose to continue their education in graduate school, choosing to pursue either a literature or composition track, or perhaps a related field such as law. Students interested in graduate study or teaching can also work in the university’s Writing Center tutoring fellow students.

Minor in Communication
A great choice for any major on campus, the minor in communication allows students to design a custom communication program that focuses on the areas that best complement their chosen major.

Minor in Humanities
Have interest in literature, music, or philosophy without the time to major in them? Students can still choose one of these three focus areas to better accentuate their major and better prepare themselves for graduate studies.