The ways humans and machines communicate important information shapes the world around us and how we understand it, as well as our understanding of people in our own community and others. With a degree in communication, you’ll understand how media technologies influence local, national, and international communities. In Trinity’s communication program, you’ll explore the technological, social, and interpersonal aspects of communication and how they relate to democracy, leadership, and social justice.

Knowing how to create an oral or written message not just effectively but appropriately to a specific audience is invaluable. You will gain insight into cultural norms and barriers that exist in society, as well as skills in strategic analysis and planning, critical thinking, research methods, and media literacy.

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Degree Level: Undergraduate
Degree Type: B.A.
School: College of Arts and Sciences
Offered as a Major: Yes
Offered as a Minor: Yes
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The ways humans and machines communicate important information shapes the world around us and how we understand it, as well as our understanding of people in our own community and others. With a degree in communication, you’ll understand how media technologies influence local, national, and international communities. In Trinity’s communication program, you’ll explore the technological, social, and interpersonal aspects of communication and how they relate to democracy, leadership, and social justice.

Knowing how to create an oral or written message not just effectively but appropriately to a specific audience is invaluable. You will gain insight into cultural norms and barriers that exist in society, as well as skills in strategic analysis and planning, critical thinking, research methods, and media literacy.

Shape the world around you by shaping the messages that people hear -- in your own community or around the globe -- and promote democracy, good leadership, and social justice.

Learn In Demand Skills

Information is Power: Learn How it is Transmitted and Exchanged

  • Take advantage of the many internship and field-based opportunities available in Washington, D.C.
  • Learn both the scientific and artistic basis of communication
  • Quality instruction in the theoretical bases of human communication
  • The application of theory within a number of specific contexts
  • Emphasize interpersonal interaction and human relationships, organizational and institutional communication, public discourse and mass communication
  • Gain skills used in fields like journalism, training and development, human resources, foreign service, law, politics and government, human services, labor-management relations, personnel, campaign and propaganda administration, and public health
  • Pursue advanced studies for a variety of careers including law, the ministry, and higher education

Gain Experience: Recent Internships

Voice of America
WJLA ABC 7
WUSA 9
CBS Radio
Strathmore Center for the Arts
Centro Nia
LAYC Latin America Youth Center
Emily’s LIST

Prepare for Success: Potential Careers

  • Broadcaster
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Advertising Associate
  • Technical Writer
  • Associate Producer
  • Customer Relations Manager
  • Teacher / Professor
  • Sports Information Director
  • Lobbyist
  • Internet Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Representative
  • Television Producer
  • Attorney
  • Communication Specialist
  • Copywriter
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Speechwriter

Featured Communication Courses

COM 201 Interpersonal Communication
COM 290 Public Speaking
COM 305 Minority Images in American Media
COM 365 Advocacy and Argument
COM 370 Publicity and Media Relations
COM 383 Journalism
COM 392 Speechwriting
COM 450 Women In Organizations

Discover Your Strength with a Truly Singular Higher Education Experience

Trinity Washington University has been educating national and local leaders for over 120 years.

Discover Empowerment

  • Attend a U.S. Department of Education-designated Predominantly Black Institution and a Minority Serving Institution
  • Graduate with less debt:  Trinity has the lowest private college tuition rate in the Washington D.C. region; 100% of students receive some sort of financial aid, with 80% eligible for Federal Pell Grants
  • Learn leadership skills in Trinity’s inclusive environment: Trinity is a national innovator for gender, racial and social equity in higher education
  • Trinity empowers women leaders to make positive changes for their families, communities, places of work and the larger society
  • Learn to lead with integrity and compassion, justice and equity as a professional and as a citizen leader

Discover Commitment

  • Community: Trinity graduates more D.C. residents than any other private college, making up nearly 60% of the student body. Trinity’s location in the heart of the nation’s capital provides unparalleled internship and research opportunities
  • Care for each and every student: Trinity’s ~4:1 student-to-teacher ratio means students are never just a number
  • Student welfare: Trinity offers low-cost residential and meal plan options and resources for students experiencing serious temporary food insecurity and other life challenges
  • Lifelong learning: Trinity develops the drive to keep learning, to discover and analyze new ideas, to advocate and implement actions that contribute to the common good and support social transformation

Discover Excellence

  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921
  • Trinity graduates consistently perform above the national average on professional exit exams and certifications
  • Trinity’s award-winning faculty are national and local leaders in their fields, with many highly awarded for research and other publications
  • With opportunities for original research in many programs, Trinity students have been cited as authors in published research and articles