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Students augment their communication studies with a strong, interdisciplinary liberal arts and sciences background, and they have ample opportunities to earn credit doing hands-on work in media outlets on and off-campus.
In their junior year, students in communication are considered for department scholarships in public relations, journalism, and visual communication. We also regularly distribute calls for outside scholarship opportunities through our department Google Group.
Students who reach the spring of their junior year with a department and overall University GPA of 3.75 are invited to participate in a year-long honors thesis project in communication. Overseen by multiple department faculty, results in an original research, professional, or creative project. In past years, honors theses have been published in multiple outlets and used by students for graduate, law, and film school applications.
Courses of Study Bulletin
Learn more about pursuing honors in Communication in Trinity's Courses of Study Bulletin.
Communication students are amazing scholars. Many have received summer Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellowships, working with department faculty on original research projects. Projects examine issues such as computational propaganda, free speech and San Antonio Mayor Maury Maverick, and female agency in comic books as well as alternate reality recreations of Texas immigration centers, video game simulations of Rawls’ Veil of Ignorance, and a feminist comic book, House of Light. These projects have resulted in published academic articles, websites, and books.
Office of Experiential Learning
Undergraduate research is central to Trinity University's values. The Office of Experiential Learning provides a place for students to gain information about internships, community service and service-learning opportunities, beyond the classroom course projects, and undergraduate research opportunities.
Today, cross-cultural understanding is as much a practical necessity as an educational standard. Study abroad is an embodiment of the liberal arts ideals and a sign of the initiative and breadth often looked for by employers.
Communication students find numerous internship and summer job opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally at newspapers and magazines, broadcast stations, public relations groups, advertising agencies, government institutions, and corporations. Some media companies where students have held internships or summer jobs include:
- National Geographic
- MLB Headquarters
- San Antonio Express-News
- Sports Illustrated
- San Antonio Spurs
- McNay Art Museum
- Real Simple
The Sid W. Richardson Communication Center houses the Department of Communication as well as student-run media operations. Cutting edge media facilities include high definition, digital radio and television stations as well as state-of-of-the-art work stations for digital design, journalism, and gaming. We also have podcasting, VR, AR, animation, and illustration design facilities.
Broadcasts on campus and around the world via its web-based Vimeo channel. TigerTV produces four shows each semester: Newswave, a traditional news program; Studio 21, a pop culture review; End Zone, a Trinity sports round-up; and The Not So Late Show, a late-night interview program that airs at 6 p.m. (not-so-late).
High definition KRTU-FM 91.7 broadcasts from campus and plays primarily jazz 17 hours a day and indie rock music overnight. It has built a reputation as one of the finest jazz radio stations in the country.
Lecture Series and Events
An annual tradition of the Department of Communication, Communication Day brings alumni back to campus to talk about their lives after Trinity. The day begins with a luncheon and keynote address by a well-known alumni and ends with a networking reception that connects current students with alumni, community partners, internship coordinators, and local employers.
The Martha, David & Bagby Lennox Foundation funds yearly seminars on important contemporary topics. Recent Lennox Seminars in Communication have been held on the topics of Women and Technology, Propaganda and Political Persuasion, Collective Intelligence, and Speaking Truth to Power.
Stieren Arts Enrichment Series
The Stieren Arts Enrichment Series brings well-known communication experts to campus to talk with students and hold public lectures. Past Stieren speakers have included photographer Dulce Pinzon, author and former New York Times Magazine ethicist Chuck Klosterman, graphic designer and brand strategist Debbie Millman, and Dear White People filmmaker Justin Simien.
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Student Awards and Recognition
As a result of their classes and internships, communication students have published work in local, regional and national media. They consistently win national research, writing, and production competitions.